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iStockPhoto.com / 3rd Quarter 2022 Financial Reporting
« on: November 16, 2022, 10:45 »

LTM total active annual subscribers (thousands)  107 vs 70 in 2021 +52.9%

Image collection (millions) 484 vs 450 +7.6% = 34 million new images added

Getty Images Holdings, Inc. (GETY) today = $5.66 -0.20 (-3.41%)  High Aug 8th = 30.86, rounded at the opening of trading July 2022,  $10 a share.

Image Sleuth / Tattoos and Fair Use
« on: November 08, 2022, 10:38 »

Tattoos and Fair Use have been a question before. Here's a case.

"The jury rejected WWE and Take-Two's defense that the game made fair use of the tattoos but also declined to award Alexander any profits from the games..."

General Stock Discussion / DALL-E and using it
« on: November 07, 2022, 13:04 »
Rather than try to put a break in the doom thread, I wondered if someone could help me understand the edit options for Open AI?

"DALLE 2 can make realistic edits to existing images from a natural language caption. It can add and remove elements while taking shadows, reflections, and textures into account."

"Image editing is now in beta.
Erase part of the image to edit, or add a generation frame to extend the image.
While this is in beta the full images won't be saved, so consider downloading often to save your work."

Has anyone tried this? I don't want to waste my limited free credits by testing.

I wanted to add my own content to an image, but it doesn't seem to do that. In the example, you can mark spots to add a flamingo. I'd like to add myself to a scene. Yes I know, I could make a scene, pose myself, and clone that into the image. But the Open AI also changes perspective and lighting on items as it adds them.

The generation frame is also interesting, as it is similar to intelligent fill, but creates new content.

And no I haven't used the prompt "Photo Quality" yet. The 1024 is pretty small, and I don't know if doing that makes a difference?

Shutterstock.com / Uploading Vectors using JPG data
« on: October 21, 2022, 11:40 »
Has something changed? It's been awhile and I thought I could upload files with identical names and they would be recognized, and associated. Instead I ended up with 14 EPS files, with no data and the 14 JPGs with the correct data. Anyone know for sure, the right way? I can use FTP or HTTP, doesn't matter to me.

Was SS the place that required zips? JPG of every image, paired with the identical named EPS?

Maybe I'm better off, as all the JPG were rejected for either, not marked illustration or missing property release. All the vectors were accepted.  8)

Image Sleuth / While I'm watching for news, I found this
« on: October 17, 2022, 14:51 »

"As with many cases that utilise third-party funding, intellectual property infringement can be incredibly expensive and the litigation can be lengthy. This makes IP litigation funding imperative for many clients. "



"The cost of obtaining justice via the courts might be prohibitive.

The hourly rate for a top-tier litigation partner may range from $1000 to $1700. There are no limits to the amount of money that may be spent on processing and evaluating electronic discovery in huge cases. Other than these, there are travel, expert, deposition, and court fees."

Print on Demand Forum / FAA General and News
« on: August 07, 2022, 16:16 »
In the latest email, I thought this was interesting.

1,000+ new members joined Fine Art America this week from all over the world.

General Stock Discussion / Why?
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:55 »
I know that's vague, but why do people keep uploading these and why do agencies keep accepting them? Remember the days of rejections for, "we have too many like this".

Not these?

And I ask WHY? 945,231 sliced tomato stock photos which is 36,371 new accepted since January 2022? I'll have to say, more and more of the new ones are just sliced tomato in the keywords, not the main subject. But the popular is still pretty much the same.

Not the only subject that's common, ordinary, easy to find and shoot, but just the one I follow for entertainment.

Never Used: but I just had to have at least one?

Off Topic / 20-D Canon Firmware update
« on: July 29, 2022, 10:50 »
Looking for this and even the spammed up sites that require a extension added or most are just collections of old bad links. Which lead to Canon which leads to that page is not found.


I have one old camera that's version 1. something and it works fine for Canon Utilitiy, 2.0.2 doesn't connect and askes for strange drivers or additional files. 

Anyone have a copy of 2.0.3 firmware, for the EOS 20-D? Thanks

I'm on the road, remote right now and after an hour of banging my head against dead ends, I thought maybe someone has a copy? Yeah old cameras, for old projects.


This is good news and maybe some people here use Instagram and don't want others embedding their images in other places on other sites.

Image Sleuth / Hunley et al. v. Instagram, LLC
« on: June 29, 2022, 12:53 »

A class action alleges Instagram has encouraged, induced and facilitated third parties to commit widespread copyright infringement through embeds on other websites.

"Per the lawsuit, Instagram, from roughly July 2013 to June 2020, knew or recklessly disregarded the fact that no third party ever obtained a license or permission from the platform to embed a copyrighted photo or video, and was similarly aware of or ignored that no third party ever obtained a license or permission from the copyright owner each time the embed tool was used to display a copyrighted work. According to the complaint, Instagram has also regularly and systematically handled, controlled, made reference to and touched valuable copyrighted works with the intent and knowledge that third parties online were embedding those works without obtaining a license to do so. "

General Stock Discussion / 3D images?
« on: June 28, 2022, 15:56 »
Anyone ever make any? I mean red/blue for the glasses?


Anyone ever sell one?  ;D

I did a few as a lark, and that was probably 2014 or 2015. Just like 360s or some other unusual methods, there's probably a limited demand.

DT only 390 and no sales:  https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/3d-dice-background.html


This creates questions about fair use and the latest ruling is the opposite. The Second Circuits ruling creates a conflict with the Ninth Circuit. What is Transformative? What is allowed as fair use.

I wanted to quote one of the definitions that is interesting:  the ability of [other] authors, artists, and the rest of us to express them- or ourselves by reference to the works of others.

I don't see copying and coloring as a reference image as fair use?

Just a note since we've seen this on some sites, Marilyn Monroe was domiciled in New York when she died, and therefore, no such posthumous right of publicity existed under NY law that could have been transferred to her heirs.

However the right of the photographer or other artists are in full force, so MMs images, created by others, are NOT public domain. But anyone can create a new image of MM without worrying about the right to publicity or personal likeness. Then back to about... what would make a new image, fair use and transformative if someone uses an existing image as a "reference".

Looking for ideas and I know that some people do this and do well. I asked Annie after she mentioned promotion using social media. Anyone else with ideas that have worked, please join in? I created a pseudo account on FAA, the free kind that allows me to have 25 images. Now I'm selectively creating a topical collection and I want to promote it. I expect to create an identity to match for Twitter, FB and maybe Pinterest?

The idea is market under that collection and see if I can create some interest?

Does that cost money, or some investment besides time or posting to social media? I can't see spamming all my friends, who aren't image buyers, with "Here's my latest upload to FAA" or some Twitter announcement that's sent to everyone. Second account, and then how do I get the right kind of friends, the ones who buy things. :)

I've used social media for free marketing before and plan to get back into it, possibly next month, and to answer Pete's questions above, this is what I've learnt:

Free Social Media Marketing: just requires 15 to 30 minutes a day on the big 4: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. But my recommendation is to just choose 2 at a time and build those up, otherwise it becomes just too time consuming, and your attention may get too scattered.

There are 2 ways you can do this. The first, the easy way, is just to increase click throughs and therefore views on your products, which will help with their search placement. I've had up to 40 views on a new FAA product from just doing this.  I used to regularly get about 20 to 30 views on products listed on DesignBundles, which really helped with their search placement. Here you just need to regularly post links to your product/website/blog. I recommend that you do this for new listings/uploads especially, because lots of interest on a new product seems to really help with the algorithm.
The second is to really go full-on to develop a dedicated audience. And that takes a lot more time and you need to understand how to use hashtags, or write interesting blog posts, create some lead magnets (freebies), or even go as far as developing an email marketing list.

I have separate business social media accounts to my personal ones. It just works much better that way, and yes, you are not then spamming family and friends. Its also best to keep your own political or social views out of your business account. You dont want to alienate anyone. I was starting to use my business Twitter for personal interests, and then decided to stop.

If youre starting out and dont know what to do, then just go on Pinterest and type in a search question for what you need to know. For example: how to get followers on Instagram?, and there should be hundreds of blog posts and quick tips. Some are just click-baits, and some actually have some good answers. For example:


I found that you dont necessarily need thousands of followers if you use the right hashtags. So, understanding how to best use hashtags is a good place to start. Once again, just type that into Pinterest search and you should get hundreds of blog articles about that.

If you can work out who is your target audience, then you can hone in on those by following these people, and often they will follow you back. The other way is to join social media groups. (People who like vintage postcards? Racing cars? Racing Sports?). For example, my husband joined a FB group who were interested in what he was selling on Shopify and now he gets lots of regular sales and return buyers from there. On Pinterest I found a specific group in my target audience range, and used to just post there because I got far better response than just posting to everyone.

But like anything, just start small and learn as you go. Just post links to your products, and hashtag, hashtag, hashtag. Hashtags will open you up to a greater audience than just your followers. And also perhaps consider joining some groups.

If you start to feel that your account is becoming too sell/sell/sell and starting to put people off then write some interesting (related) blog posts. Maybe something in your area of expertise (vintage racing cars?? Where you find your vintage postcards??) and post those. Or post some interesting articles (from other sources) in that area as well. Think of interesting or helpful things that your audience would like to know more of.

While streaming has brought significant profits to the recorded music industry, the talent behind it performers, songwriters and composers are losing out, said DCMS Committee chair Julian Knight MP. Only a complete reset of streaming that enshrines in law their rights to a fair share of the earnings will do.

First in the committees sights were the pitiful returns it said artists and songwriters earn from streaming. To help remedy that, the report calls on the government to introduce a right to equitable digital music remuneration.

A similar non-waivable, non-transferrable right to equitable remuneration (ER) which is not subject to recoupment already exists for U.K. radio play, and would mean streaming recording royalties would be split 50/50 between performers and rights-holders.

To bad there's no lobby or representation for artists who create stock images. I mean, imagine that, a fair share and 50/50 of subscription sales for example?

Bold is mine.

I see a few people who say you can learn from Alamy keywords words used to find images and make sales. I don't see how? Can someone explain? Do you mean my own images or all of Alamy or what? And HOW?

Last Updated on : 15 Apr 2022 11:28
Results per page: Page 1 of 16161
Search Term  UCO Sales Zooms Views CTR (%)
DOLLY PARTON    17   88   179   16,975   1.05
putin    63   68   127   39,009   0.33
elon musk    48   59   147   30,810   0.48
marbella spain    1   49   63   2,100   3.00
Mariupol    72   35   126   42,448   0.30
Bruce Willis    30   35   66   23,185   0.28
vladimir putin    27   31   59   25,724   0.23
rishi sunak    61   29   65   20,826   0.31
boris johnson    62   27   91   29,838   0.30
street in lisbon    1   26   44   4,500   0.98
ukraine refugees    41   26   77   15,345   0.50
roman abramovich    29   26   64   14,651   0.44
pep guardiola    21   24   39   11,305   0.34
donald trump    20   22   71   11,519   0.62
zelenskyy    17   21   27   10,022   0.27
jim carrey    5   20   26   5,134   0.51
joust    1   20   41   980   4.18
ten hag    13   20   16   6,063   0.26
UKRAINIAN REFUGEES    23   20   32   5,031   0.64
ferragudo    1   19   31   2,300   1.35

Those are sold images. I don't have one with any of those words. I can go way down the list and I don't have anything that searched or sold recently.

Or am I supposed to use the data for MY images only?

First four are a match, the rest except winners podium have nothing to do with any of my images. False match. What do I learn from this?

Print on Demand Forum / Etsy Strike
« on: April 12, 2022, 08:56 »
Not POD, not stock... I just picked one.


These are our demands:

    Cancel the fee increase.
    Crack down on resellers with a comprehensive plan that is transparent, so sellers can hold Etsy accountable.
    Give Golden support tickets to sellers affected by extreme AI actions (account termination, 45/90 day holds, etc.)
    End the Star Seller Program.
    Give all sellers the ability to opt out of off site ads.

For more information on each of these topics and how they impact each of us as sellers, see our petition.


Maybe they need to form a coalition on Facebook?  ::)

Lets see how this works out for them.

Dreamstime.com / DT Rejections
« on: March 15, 2022, 10:17 »
Yes I've made it all the way to two now this year. And honest, this isn't a complaint, just amusement. Here's the rejection reason, copy and paste.

Your image might have one or more of the following technical issues:

Distorted pixels, image was interpolated, poorly scanned, upsampled, oversharpened, overprocessed/ overfiltered or JPG was not saved at the highest quality.

The composition of a successful commercial image needs to be clear and supportive of the image's main concept and primary subject. A good composition is one that does not limit designers' potential usage of the image (for instance, a tight crop). Engaging the classical rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, the golden ratio or a supportive use of negative space may help you to produce good commercial images.

Poor lighting due to lighting conditions (wrong time of day, dull skies, harsh shadows etc.) and/or camera limitations / Poor contrast or incorrect exposure.

Please improve the technical execution (distorted pixels, noise, blending, DOF, color corection, background removal, white balance, dust on the camera sensor, etc.)

Illustration is poorly executed. Please pay attention to: poorly traced/autotraced and scanned images, noise and inaccurate texturing on 3D renders, aliased/jagged lines, banding effect on gradients, noise/distorted pixels on various textures and images used within the illustration, unwanted orphan stripes/lines across your illustration, blurry illustration due to software upsampling or interpolation.

This image was not uploaded completely and cannot be reviewed. Please reupload it. Once uploaded, make sure the thumbnail of the image does not contain horizontal color error lines, gray areas (with no content visible) or is not entirely gray.

Image is out of focus or too much of the subject is out of focus (DOF too shallow or DOF not justified) / Image is shaken. Use a faster speed or a tripod. Please check the files at 100% zoom before submitting them.

The area occupied by the isolated subject is too small, and by cropping the resulting image is under 3 Megapixels.

Image was not saved as sRGB or Adobe RGB

Can anyone tell me why my image was rejected?  ::) I get the idea that the reviewer just didn't like it at all?  :)

The other rejection was because DT has a site that creates Social Media Banners, and I had cropped an image to make something already accepted into a banner. (with copy space of course)

 This image is identical or almost identical to another submission that was already approved in your portfolio. Please avoid uploading images twice to keep your approval ratio high.

Please do not duplicate over and over again contents from images already online by reusing the same elements in collages with the same artistic value.

Who wrote these?

General - Stock Video / For Sale Site
« on: March 07, 2022, 11:42 »
For Sale:
9 Year-old video downloading service that generates 95% Profit! Most popular video downloading service on the internet!

Site Age 8 years

Monthly Profit $12,173 /mo

Any guesses?

General Stock Discussion / Drones - UAV and the law
« on: March 06, 2022, 15:12 »

"In one of those periodic developments that pits questions of privacy against the rights of people to fly camera-equipped UAVs as theyd like, the Missouri legislature began debate this week on a proposed law to prohibit drones from photographing people or their property without consent.

House Bill 1619 was introduced in Missouris lower chamber on Tuesday, where it drew markedly contrasting responses."

This could be interesting as we have rights in the Constitution. Is the right to fly over public property and take photos going to be restricted? People or their property?

Off Topic / Can anyone ID this logo or shape?
« on: March 04, 2022, 15:40 »

Nothing to do with politics, or money or countries or ethnics or groups or gender... sorry.  ;)

If it's tribal symbol the head is small. If it's a land or water feature, that doesn't make sense because of the curved part.
I'm just hoping that someone in the world has seen something like this before?

This has come up before, I wanted to start a thread so I don't have to hijack everyone else's discussions of small market subjects and things that aren't the most popular, but could fill in for something that's under supplied.

Enough of sliced vegetables and tomatoes (which are a fruit) I've found something new and what will probably set a trend for new artistic images. Not really, but I still can find some joy and humor in this whole Micropayment Stock game? Everything sliced, and isolated, all the time!  ;D

AS 6,969 results for sliced kumquat I'll need to up my game now and make better images.

SS 8,376 sliced kumquat stock photos. I can see an agency war building now.

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iStockPhoto.com / IS Timeline
« on: February 19, 2022, 12:41 »
Getty Images timeline

Excerpts from:
The Seattle Times, February 25, 2008
and other online sources

Jonathan Klein and Mark Getty form Getty Investments in London

March: Getty buys Tony Stone Images, a London stock agency

April: Buys Hulton Deutsch, private collection of archival photography
May: Buys Fabulous Footage, provider of contemporary stock footage

Sept.: Merges with PhotoDisk in Seattle and changes name to Getty Images

Sept.: Buys Image Bank from Kodak for $183 million
May: Pays $135 million for Art.com, a consumer site offering posters and other art.

April 2003:
Getty Images entered into a partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP) to market each other's images.

Aug.: Buys image.net for $20 million
April: Acquires Digital Vision, estimated to be the worlds third-largest stock-photography company, for $165 million
June: Launches online store on Amazon.com

Feb.: Buys iStockphoto, a micropayment site, for $50 million.
April: Buys Pixel Images of Ireland for $135 million in cash

February: Getty Images acquired the Michael Ochs Archives - musician photography
March: Buys Scoopt, a Scottish company that specializes in citizen photojournalism
April: Buys its largest competitor, MediaVast, for $207 million
May: Buys Punchstock, a leading aggregator/distributor of stock photography

2009: Getty Images bought Jupiterimages, for $96 million (including the sites stock.xchng and StockXpert)

2019: Getty Images introduced Market Freeze, simplifying exclusivity of rights-managed images. Later that year, it announced that due to customers' needs changing, it plans to phase out rights-managed imagery by 2020 in favor of royalty-free images

Getty now manages Corbis's physical archives (and Veer) on behalf of Visual China Group and Unity Glory.

March 2021: Getty Images acquired Unsplash, a free-to-use stock photography website.

Frank Norris would be proud to write a book about them.

iStockPhoto.com / Januray 2022 royalties are posted
« on: February 16, 2022, 08:00 »
I was checking on DM and uploads and by accident found the updates January 2022 royalties are posted.

I can afford a 24 pack of diet Coke on this months Gross earnings. (and they are gross)

RPD .66

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