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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:19 »
"The very creatives that give Getty/iStock such a high quality product get treated like this?! This can't be more wrong." - recent comment from the petition

Tomorrow is the day our royalties are slashed. There's no reason the petition, and any media attention it can bring to Getty/iStock policies, should stop tomorrow, though. As people's royalties start to shrink (the people who stay with iStock, for some reason), and many people pull their work, there will be even more to report.

If you haven't signed yet, remember the petition will still be there. Almost 1,100 signatures now, including signatures from hundreds of buyers.

https://www.change.org/p/jonathan-klein-getty-images-istock-don-t-slash-our-royalties

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: December 09, 2016, 15:38 »

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:07 »
Influx of buyers signing the petition. Some new petition comments:

"I'm sick of the little guy getting screwed."

"As a freelancer and artist, I stand firm with my fellow freelancers! Without talented freelancers, Getty Images/iStock would not be the same. Don't force artists to leave your platform because of this HUGE pay cut."

"This is an outright attack on freelancers and a reduction to slave wages."

Will most likely hit 1,000 signatures today.  :)

https://www.change.org/p/jonathan-klein-getty-images-istock-don-t-slash-our-royalties

New comment:

"As a design director of a large publisher, I appreciate the work that goes into good photography and illustration. I feel that artists (photographers and illustrators) should be paid a fair price for the work. Getty's decision on subscription royalties will affect where I purchase photographs or illustrations."

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: December 06, 2016, 11:55 »
Comment from the petition:

"As a freelance writer/editor. I am supporting freelance photographers and illustrators who are the backbone of Getty Images. I'll be cancelling my Getty images account and I hope that all freelancers do the same."

Almost 900 signatures.  :)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: December 06, 2016, 10:02 »
We'll join in on the call.  :)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: December 02, 2016, 14:18 »
Article about the petition and royalty cut on the Freelancer's Union Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/freelancersunion/

And on their blog:

https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2016/12/02/getty-images-istock-petition/

The more people who "like" or comment on the Freelancer's Union Facebook post, the more people Facebook will show the post to. It's free advertising to creative professionals who license images. Hint hint.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: December 02, 2016, 08:10 »
The petition now has more than 800 signatures.

21 days until royalty cuts take effect.

See all the current microstock petitions at our blog: https://microstockcoalition.wordpress.com

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 22, 2016, 15:38 »
Nearing 700 signatures, folks. Now that we know Getty does not have a large settlement to pay, we should be more angry than ever. Please sign, ask friends to sign, and remember the royalty cut comes at the end of this week.

https://www.change.org/p/jonathan-klein-getty-images-istock-don-t-slash-our-royalties

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 21, 2016, 07:30 »
Surge of signatures last night! Now closing in on 600.

https://www.change.org/p/jonathan-klein-getty-images-istock-don-t-slash-our-royalties

Please help get press coverage. Tweet the petition:

@noamscheiber (labor reporter for The New York Times)
@lydiadepillis (labor reporter for The Washington Post)
@wsjMelanie (Melanie Trottman, labor reporter for The Wall Street Journal)

Only 5 days until the royalty cut.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 17, 2016, 13:50 »
90 signatures away from 500.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 16, 2016, 10:00 »
More than 300 signatures now.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 15, 2016, 15:09 »
"total f**king corporate fascists. done."  - A buyer

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:41 »
What does your iStock income pay for? Rent, mortgage, car payment, food, Starbucks run? Share your story and what you'll have to do to make up the loss in the comments section on the petition. (The world won't see it if you post it here.)

https://www.change.org/p/jonathan-klein-getty-images-istock-don-t-slash-our-royalties

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 14, 2016, 14:36 »
Thanks to all the people who've donated or offered to donate photos, spent time writing, translating, posting petitions, reaching out to organizations, blogging, etc.

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iStockPhoto.com / iStock petition: Please sign and share
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:34 »
Based on the results of the poll here and at the Russian group, we've decided to split the difference and ask for an increase of credit royalties to 40%, with subscription royalties staying as they are now. Please sign and share the petition. It's important that we get our message heard.

https://www.change.org/p/jonathan-klein-getty-images-istock-don-t-slash-our-royalties

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iStockPhoto.com / iStock petition poll
« on: November 10, 2016, 15:41 »
Based on comments here and feedback from many people via PM, phone and email, we'd like to adjust the petition to ask for what most people want from iStock. The poll will run for 2 days and then the adjusted petition goes up on Change.org.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: November 10, 2016, 15:35 »
We'll have a quick poll and adjust the petition.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: November 10, 2016, 15:34 »
A bunch of us have been communicating with each other and offering and absorbing feedback from everyone.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: November 10, 2016, 15:33 »
Sorry for the petition delay.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: iStock Royalty Change
« on: November 10, 2016, 09:17 »
Who wants a petition? Anyone?

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