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1 / Re: Shutterstock DMCA
« on: Yesterday at 17:21 »

I received a helpful template from another member here, Odesign. I'm attaching it for your reference.

You can use this template to list your clips.

I previously submitted a DMCA for ten clips, and Shutterstock closed the account within 10 days.

I also contacted a couple of other stock contributors whose clips were part of the same portfolio. To find the original copyright owner, you can find other contributors by doing a reverse search (using TinEye) on a few other assets. Some contributors have their email addresses listed in their portfolio's "about" section. I think having other contributors submit a DMCA fastens the process.

Wishing you all the best,


Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe has blocked my account
« on: June 10, 2024, 07:17 »
Thanks for the update.

Your situation is unbearable.

The block-you-first-then-look-into-your-case way of working is frustrating.

I truly hope it resolves quickly.

I am iStock exclusive, so I assume from there. How? I don't know. I don't believe they paid for my files.

Thank you for your response.

A member mentioned a way to download iStock footage via Canva. If you search the forum, you may find that thread.

Im not sure if that works with animations, but for footage, I take a screenshot of each clip and upload them once to

You would then receive an email alert when one of your clips is uploaded to an agency for sale. Then, you could contact the relevant agency to take down your clips and close down the account.

 I hope this information is helpful.

Best of luck on your journey.

The bitterness in people's comments may come from their own struggles or failures as stock contributors. It could also be due to dissatisfaction with the industry, frustration with conformity, or experiences like content theft. Recognizing these frustrations is important, and finding positive ways to address them can help individuals move forward constructively.

I completely agree with you.

I would be happier if unlimited download sites didn't exist, but they do.

They are now an intrinsic part of the market, and ignoring them will not make them go away.

Therefore, to better understand that system, I've decided to give it a try.

If the benefits outweigh the downsides, I will continue. If not, I will stop.

I wish you all the best in your journey.

The bitterness in people's comments may arise from personal frustrations or failures as a stock contributor.

Alternatively, the bitterness could stem from personal frustrations with the industry, disillusionment with conformity, or negative experiences such as content theft.

While acknowledging one's frustrations is essential, finding constructive ways to address these feelings can help individuals move forward more positively.

I would also like to share this insightful proverb:

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." - Chinese Proverb

I went through the difficult experience of having my content stolen and uploaded on Shutterstock. However, I managed to get through it. I'm still giving it a shot and will evaluate the situation at the end of the year when I receive my payout. If the benefits are greater than the pain, I will continue. If not, then I will stop.

Services like Pixsy send email alerts when similar or identical content is uploaded to other agencies. Once alerted, I can easily submit a take-down notice. If the payout is good, then that's just the cost of doing business.

I appreciate the willingness to share opinions on controversial topics. However, this doesn't address my original question about whether there are any current Artgrid contributors active on this forum.

From which agency do you suspect the person stole your content?

We should all keep an eye out for fraudulent accounts. Last month, I had Shutterstock close an account with more than 5,000 stolen videos.

Im always on the lookout for more fraudulent accounts with stolen content.

Having their accounts closed is satisfying.

no, because it is  >:( "unlimited downloads"

I understand your negative feelings towards Artgrid.

I'm giving it a try this year. If the payout is good, I'll keep going. If not, I might not. You never know until you try.

Change is a constant in life. If you can't adapt, you'll be left behind.

Anyway, your response doesn't answer my original question.


Are there any other Artgrid contributors active on this forum? I know that Everest is an Artgrid contributor. I was wondering if there are others who are also present on this forum.



His videos are of very low quality. Thus, I assume most of them are his own.

The portfolio is still accessible online.

Does this indicate its legitimacy, or did the person responsible escape unnoticed?

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe has blocked my account
« on: June 05, 2024, 17:21 »
See the section here about prohibited activities to better understand why Adobe blocks accounts:

Thanks for sharing this.

These kind of situations should make all contributors review these guidelines and thoroughly go through their portfolio to ensure there is no content that may have gone passed the reviewers and could be in breach of the guidelines.

I will definitely do that this week.

Im curious. Is this something that happens mostly with AS or does it also happen with SS?

I hope this issue is quickly resolved for you. Youre going through a stressful moment. I empathize with you.

14 / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 30, 2024, 08:08 »
I had my best month ever on Shutterstock in May 2024.

From reading other peoples posts, it's clear that SS performs better for videos and AS for photos.

I only have videos in my portfolio, so Im very happy with the sales there, even with lower commissions than AS and Pond5.

15 / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 17, 2024, 16:25 »
I'm on track for the BME on SS, SS is performing very well for me overall, AS it's lower than usual this month.

Same here.

SS is performing really well this month.

If I look at my total revenue so far this year from both AS and SS, they are pretty close to each other, and that is with a lower commission on SS.

I just got a $48 sale in SS today. I tend to get a couple of big sales every month on SS. I cannot recall when that happened on AS.

As mentioned by Cobalt here or in another thread, many countries had public holidays during the first two weeks of May. People in those countries took time off work, leading to lower sales. To illustrate this, I've attached a graph showing the number of clip downloads from my portfolio on Artlist. There was a clear drop in downloads during the first two weeks of May, but they have picked back up this week.

17 / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 15, 2024, 18:45 »
I wouldn't blame Shutterstock for the lowering of revenue. In my job exporting agricultural products, I understand the impact of market forces. The producers, like farmers and stock content creators, suffer the most from increased competition. Instead of blaming specific agencies, adapting to the market is essential.

Thats a project with a lot of good intentions.

Is that reserved for envato authors only or are you open to everyone?

Hello, as I mention in other post I have recived my redention code, but when I click in the link to redeem it, the web doesnt work (adobepartneroffer) it seems to be a issue for more people as I discovered in the adobe forums, but I havent find a solution, anyone knows about? Matt? Thank u

Have you tried using a VPN? It worked for me.

Shutterstock closed the account.

Yes it happend to me already 3 times, and one thief even had one of my videos as a best seller, thats how i actually found it.
That clip alone sold for 71 times. And he will most likely upload it again under a new account name.

Thanks. Now I do recall you mentioning that previously. Considering that risk, Ill not apply to Envato Elements.

I dont have time to keep chasing down copyright theft then submit take downs to Shutterstock. Its time consuming.

I've let Blackbox know, I'm a contributor there.

I also sent an email to Blackbox and received a prompt response stating that they are aware of the issue and are currently investigating it. This morning, I received an email from Patrick McGowan, the CEO and co-founder of Blackbox, asking me to provide further details, particularly about my video clips.

It's good to see that Blackbox takes this matter seriously and is actively taking steps to address it.

Has anyone experienced copyright theft on material uploaded to Envato elements?

I just looked for my envato bestsellers on ss and couldnt find them. They have been on envato two years.

Can still happen of course.

their unlimited plan is still restricted to normal usage, which is what every unlimited agency plan I have seen is so far. They dont let you download the entire library on then plan.

It is more a really cheap subs plan.

But because they share 50% artists have good returns.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Your insights are always valuable.

Envato may be less susceptible to theft than Artlist or Storyblocks. Or I could just have been unlucky.

Artlist limits video downloads to 100 per day, a significant amount of footage. The wrong person could potentially misuse this.

Artlist shares 50% of its revenue with its contributors, resulting in significant returns. However, one may question whether this comes at too high a cost. Once I've figured that out, I may share my insights on this forum.

I'm curious if the subscription model is similar to Artlist or Storyblocks' unlimited subscription model, as I am concerned about theft of videos by thieves who upload them to other stock agencies.

I am still undecided about whether the benefits outweigh the costs.

I recently uploaded 40 clips to Artlist as a test, and within six weeks, 13 of them were stolen and uploaded to Shutterstock.

This rampant behavior makes it important to carefully consider the potential loss of revenue before committing to such an agency.

While I like my sales on Shutterstock, I would not be happy if my sales dropped due to my clips being uploaded and sold on their platform. Strangely enough that means I would be competing with myself on the same stock agency. Interesting thought, isnt?

Ultimately, it is best to try for yourself and evaluate after some time.

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