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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 27, 2020, 17:55 »
So at what point does Microstock collapse...
right after Uber, airbnb and many others  collapse

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 27, 2020, 14:47 »
we've lost this battle a long time ago

I've stopped uploading to Fotolia, then I stopped uploading to Istock
now is the time to give up on SS
Pond is the last one I am not ashamed using, since I can put my own price there

time to turn the microstock page is long overdue, respect yourself, stop uploading, find something else in life

It is not clear to me where I should put my keywords if the Jpeg is not required anymore

Print on Demand Forum / Re: My Fine Art America account is closed
« on: November 10, 2018, 13:44 »
Here is a final(most probably) update
1)they refunded the recent annual charge
2)locked a topic with my message on their forum with the reply not to bring it up again and with the promise to send me a email with explanations within 3 days which never came

I suspect they accidentally lost my account for some technical reason but dont want to admit it

Create a new account and use it to post your question on their forum - that tends to get a response.
Thanks, will try

Are you using a paid account? Is it possible that the auto-payment didn't go through (e.g. if you had to change your card since last year)? They don't tell you about this, you only find out when you get that account closed message.
yes  and today they charged me $30
the account is still closed

Print on Demand Forum / My Fine Art America account is closed
« on: October 11, 2018, 13:08 »
The last communication I have from FAA in my mailbox is about some sale
Couple of weeks since then I wanted to submit a new work and got the following message

This account is closed.   If you would like to re-enable it, please contact our technical support department by filling out the form

The support is not answering for about a week.
If there other people having the same problem?
Was FAA or me personally hacked?

Adobe Stock / I didnt know adobe need more photographers
« on: August 03, 2018, 18:33 »
They are looking for photographers (text  in Russian: "Sell your photos to millions of buyers")
I guess they are advertising in some other countries as well

to bad, I stopped uploading to fotolia when they launched Dollar club

Shutterstock.com / Re: How can the SS database grow so fast?
« on: June 18, 2018, 15:37 »
As many may know SS is working with IBM about using AI, so those crazy portfolios can be an AI test data, or AI produced "artwork"   

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock Removing Watermarks
« on: May 07, 2018, 10:25 »
Tracers of my vectors will be pleased
Thank you SS!   :(

The problem, in my opinion, is with the contributors who ...
you forgetting the fact that we are leaving in a global world.
There is nothing "immoral, self-serving, unscrupulous, deceitful" from stand point of people who is residing in a 3rd world country.

Quote from: ShadySue
I'd start with insisting on this step being carried out.
but what can be proven by vector file source?
I can imagine that the thief didn't know that it is stock file and just traced it from some file found in internet, so vector nodes can be different from my file. And even if they are the same? My word against his.
The only good argument I have is SS upload date.
BTW the file is pretty popular with copycats, but they at least modifying it much more than this particular guy.

General Stock Discussion / Alamy way of handling copyright claims
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:55 »
There is a person who copied my vector, changed color and put it on sale.
When I found it occasionally on SS I contacted SS team and they got it removed quickly.
Later when looking in google image search for examples of my picture in use I found the re-colored picture again now on alamy site.
And their way of handling the issue is making me very upset

Here is an e-mail trail:

Quote from: 'Me (in October)'

I would like you to take an action regarding picture xxxx which is hosted on your site and violating my copyright.
In order to support my claim  I am sending you:
1)my picture on shutterstock site (uploaded in 2014)
2)picture of one of your contributors
3)picture representing pictures 1) and 2) overlapping

as you can see it is not just copied idea but very exact copy(recolored).

Quote from: 'Alamy (2 days later)'
Thanks for letting us know. Weve contacted the contributor of the vector about this situation to ask for clarification.

Quote from: 'Me (month later)'

could you please update about the progress.

Quote from: 'Alamy'
we have reached out to the contributor regarding this and they have since confirmed that the image is their own design and are happy that they are able to sell the image on Alamy

Me: sending official DMCA take down request

Quote from: 'Alamy'
To quickly explain how we work, we dont own any images, or hold any copyright. Photographers and agencies upload images to license through our platform, and by doing so they confirm they have the necessary permissions to license these images through us. We have a non-exclusive relationship with our contributors, and the images may be available elsewhere. We dont commission work, or employ members of staff as photographers.
We understand you have previously been in touch with our contributor relations team regarding this issue who have confirmed to you that the contributor is the original creator of the image you are questioning and therefore would have the correct permissions to sell the image. The contributor can provide original source code for the image and once we have this we can pass this information on to you.
If you are happy for us to do so we can pass you information on to the contributor and ask that they get in touch with you to discuss the issue further.
We are unable to see what rights have been infringed and assume no liability case.

My conclusions:
  • anybody can get any vector,recolor it and put in on alamy site for sale
  • anybody can offer to provide original source code for any vector and be good in alamy eyes
  • standard DMCA  takedown process doesn't work with alamy

My question: should I look for a lawyer in UK or in US  (since alamy have US office as far as I know)?
PS I will not put any pictures or names here, assuming the info above is enough to discuss the issue in general

PPS I see that I am not alone facing the issue :

General Stock Discussion / Re: Have i been scammed by facebook?
« on: October 19, 2017, 14:22 »
there is a theory that, once you showed FB your business intent  (by buying ads) you will go down in natural search, to make you buy more ads 

I will not be surprised if Getty bypass contributors by getting a settlement lump sum

General Stock Discussion / Re: Uber vs microstock
« on: August 31, 2016, 07:46 »
talking about good uber experience as customer should be compared with being microstock buyer, and being uber driver should be compared with being microstock  photographer.Otherwise the topic have no meaning.
Sure we can talk about benefits of the new taxi service but we all know them (i assume)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Uber vs microstock
« on: August 29, 2016, 13:53 »
I think the point is that _possibly_  [some] uber drivers and micro stock photographers are losing more than gaining but because of the nature of crowdsourcing there are always some new people coming  trying to make it work for them.  So potentially you may have a live business which is unprofitable for the person doing the work

General Stock Discussion / Uber vs microstock
« on: August 29, 2016, 08:21 »
Can you see something common or microstock is copletely different story?
It's not just Uber. A growing number of delivery companies are going the so-called "independent contractor" route. Uber, Lyft, Flex, etc. are taking advantage of the fact that people simply don't know what they're getting into. People equate the $X per hour amount with a regular wage and think they're making bank, when in fact it's less than minimum wage (with no benefits). There is no regulatory floor here, and in fact some people working for these companies are probably winding up net negative.

Uber is cheap because people can't do math and don't understand what being an "independent contractor" entails. By the time they figure it out the hard way, Uber has already made their profit and has whole bunch of other ignorant suckers lined up to replace them.

Or put simply, if these jobs were really so easy and lucrative to make a profit, why . would they outsource them to the general public? The answer of course is that by outsourcing to the general public they are no longer are required to pay minimum wages, benefits, or expenses related to transportation. It's the old capitalist ideal: privatize the gains, socialize the losses.
from  http://uberpeople.net/threads/max-chafkin-is-an-idiot.99372/#post-1403030

General Stock Discussion / delete this
« on: July 28, 2016, 14:26 »

a video file appeared on my sales through the map but it never appeared in my earnings summary 
happened to me at least 2 times
They explained it some time ago. A customer is allowed to re-download videos they purchased in the past. If they do so, you see it again on the map in the same spot but your earnings don't increase because they buyer had already paid before.
those were several recently uploaded files which I never sold yet

a video file appeared on my sales through the map but it never appeared in my earnings summary 
happened to me at least 2 times

another possibility is preparation for a sale,
remember Corbis sold to Visual China Group?

it is a major change, are they saying we will not be able to delete our files anymore? (I guess they  are going to use Getty policy "all or nothing", so you wish you have to delete whole portfolio but not specific files)

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