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iStockPhoto.com / Re: May statements are in
« on: June 17, 2022, 05:13 »
Averages revenus for me, but a lot of 1 cent sales in China :(

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Pending and Reviewed Disappeared?
« on: April 18, 2022, 03:56 »
After 3 days, I got my videos reviewed without going in the pending queue. The duplicates videos (because of multiple submissions) were of course rejected.

I guess it is safe to upload and submit videos even if you do not see these in the pending queue.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Pending and Reviewed Disappeared?
« on: April 16, 2022, 05:24 »
I got this response from Shutter support:
"Sorry you are having a problem with this.

This is a technical issue with submitted videos not appearing in the pending page, that has been reported by many contributors over the past two days.

The problem has been forwarded to the Shutterstock technical team for investigation so that they can fix the issue. We don't currently have have any information on when the problem will be fixed, but hopefully the videos will appear normally soon."


So, I guess we just have to wait a few days and try again to submit videos

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Januray 2022 royalties are posted
« on: February 24, 2022, 00:47 »
I just received the remittance ; this payment is for ADAGP. Description in the remittance is: ADAGP Collective Licensing Payback 2021 December.

Yeah, same here, whats this?

ADAGP is the equivalent in France for DACS in UK (Design and Artists Copyright Society ).

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Januray 2022 royalties are posted
« on: February 23, 2022, 16:52 »
I just received the remittance ; this payment is for ADAGP. Description in the remittance is: ADAGP Collective Licensing Payback 2021 December.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Januray 2022 royalties are posted
« on: February 23, 2022, 14:31 »
I received $122 today when I only have $36 as " Minimum payment not met and carried forward". I have no idea why. Is this some kind of "DACS payment" ?

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Pond5 / Re: How has Pond5 been in 2021?
« on: May 18, 2021, 12:37 »
My exclusive account has been a disappointment. Even though I give my best clips to it, there have been few sales.
Same here, very few sales on my exclusive account.
So, for one month now, I stopped uploading on it and upload to Shutterstock and Pond5 non exclusive.

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And it works  :D

Thanks for the help.

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I updated the program but I have no way to enter the information's required for SFTP ...


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I received a mail from Adobe informing me that after the 7th of June, Adobe Stock will only support SFTP.
How do I enter the Adobe SFTP password in Stocksubmitter ? I didn't see this parameter in the Stocksubmitter sites setting window for Adobe.

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Tax update on web site currently not working.
I just filled it, but I had to disable my adblock.

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Got the answer from iStock support: I need to submit a new US Tax form (W-8BEN). I never got the info from iStock the previous one has expired.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: January 28, 2021, 04:03 »
for IS you can see the number of sales for the current year in the profile tab

I don't seem to have such a tab. (I think I asked about where that can be found here before, because someone mentioned it, but got no reply.)
I only have Overview, ESP User Info and Performance as tabs. Peformance has more tabs, Recent Activity, which shows views, and Download, which only shows me downloads up to Decmeber 21.
 :-[



Here is the direct link to the Profile tab : https://accountmanagement.gettyimages.com/Account/Profile
To access it, you can also click on "account management" on the high top right  of iStock page (between ESP and Contributor Community links)

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I hope you'll be able to sort things out and that your account wasn't hacked, though I would assume, if someone changed your payment info, you should have gotten an E-Mail about it?

I didn't got an email; but I am not sure iStock send an e-mail when payment infos are modified. I will have to wait for the answer of the iStock support to know what has happen.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: January 28, 2021, 03:48 »

 January just isn't a good month for microstock anywhere for me, especially the first half of the month. But it's starting to pick up and I am optimistic for February.

For me, the  volume of sales on SS is normal (similar to January 2020). The issue is the number of $0.10 sales (around 80% to 90% of all sales, but I was Level 1 for 3 weeks) and the consequence on the RPD. Low RPD is new compared to 2020 and I don't see why it would improve in February.
I can't compare January 2020 and January 2021, because I only started microstock around 2019 and my portfolio was much smaller last year. But comparing December 20 and January 21 my download number is down by a almost 300 and there are only 3 days left in January, so my sale numbers are definetely down in January. They are also down on Adobe, though the difference is smaller (But Adobe hasn't been performing well for me since around August last year) and on iStock I can't compare sale numbers before next month, but my views are down by a lot and at least for me, that's usually a good indicator for sales. Last month my most viewed image had around 200 views, this month it's less than 50...

Every portfolio is different.
In my case, number of sales for January 21 is similar to December 20 for SS, AS and IS (for IS you can see the number of sales for the current year in the profile tab). I have a lot of sales on the Covid-19 subject this might explain why a have a good number of sales and a low RPD (costumers for these images are medias with big contract and low prices).

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: January 28, 2021, 02:30 »

 January just isn't a good month for microstock anywhere for me, especially the first half of the month. But it's starting to pick up and I am optimistic for February.

For me, the  volume of sales on SS is normal (similar to January 2020). The issue is the number of $0.10 sales (around 80% to 90% of all sales, but I was Level 1 for 3 weeks) and the consequence on the RPD. Low RPD is new compared to 2020 and I don't see why it would improve in February.

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Thanks for the info Firn.

In my account manager I have the following:
  - Payment date Additional information Monday, January 25, 2021
And no "Payment carried over to the next month".

If you received your payment on the 21th, I probably have a problem.
I sent a request to iStock support. I hope my payment information's on iStock  was not hacked.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: January 28, 2021, 00:40 »
For January, my revenue on SS has fallen to the 5th place, far behind Adobe, Alamy, iStock and even Dreamstime. My RPD for January on images on  SS is $0.12  >:(
Of course, I stopped uploading to SS. The question now is to delete or not my SS portfolio.

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I didn't receive my iStock payment on January 25th. Royalties to be payed is above $100, so I should normally get payed. Last payment from iStock on my Paypal account was in November 2021.
Anyone having the same problem ?

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I finally got the official answer from the iStock support on this issue:

Thank you for your message and I sincerely apologize for the delay in my response. Regarding Promo.com, Getty Images makes a subset of iStock content available within their video editing tool. Any licenses of your content will appear on the Connect statement under the Price Per Image Product Type (https://contributors.gettyimages.com/HelpArticle.aspx?article_id=5176)

It's important to note that you are receiving royalties for this use - your content is not being given away for free. Also note that the usage is restricted, it is not the same usage permitted on a standard RF license.

We work with these Partners to ensure that your content is right inside their End Users workflow, exactly where and when they need it. In this way we can reach new, non-traditional customers at scale. For more information, visit: https://contributors.gettyimages.com/HelpArticle.aspx?article_id=6252


So, PROMO.com is legal and we get fabulous Connect royalties when our work is used on this website.

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iStockPhoto.com / iStock exciting news : $0.00 royalties
« on: January 17, 2021, 07:21 »
Hi all,

Royalties report for December is available.

I was surprise to discover two sales with $0.00 royalties at "China FotoPress VEER / Porta".  It is not the connect royalties, it is not refunds; it is subscription sales with a $0.03 price; and 15% of $0.03 result in a $0.00 commission.
I already had $0.01 commission but I never had $0.00 royalties (excluding Connect).

However my RPD on iStock is much better than my RPD on Shitterstock : $0.62 vs $0.14 (in January). So, for me, SS is really the worst stock.

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Any updates?

I wrote to iStock, but did not get any answer to this,. But they answered another request already. That alone is already interesting.

Very interesting: iStock seems react on my request about promo.com! I wrote them that many contributors proving now a law suit against them, if that is not legal offer all images for free on promo.com.
Yesterday I checked again my images there and it seems like all my iStock images disappeared now. That is for me a sign that it was illegal.

I know many other contributors here alos wrote a request to iStock and Getty. Any answeres yet or same experiences like me: images disappeared oon promo.com?

I made a request to iStock the 23th of December to remove my images from PROMO.com. No response from iStock now till now and my images are still available on PROM.com.

I also posted a message on iStock forum. Here is the response of an iStock employee:
   Question: ... do you have the official 'spin' on this site? How does it benefit us, the content producers?
   Response: Not a site I was aware of but will ask

But no update from iStock on this site till now.



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ALL either >:(

But I couldnt find any of my Shitterstock portfolio.
Can I do it the same way: portfolio name+keyword like Bali?
This work for images only (not for footages). For me, all images from PROMO.com are coming frim iStock and all footages from Shutterstock.

We contacted Promo.com already, but does anybody already contact Getty/iStock/Shitterstock about this? And what were their answers - also in case of a law suit? Any terms again that allows them to do it and we didnt read or didnt understand about the consequences for us?

I sent a request to iStock to remove my images from PROMO.com. I guess it will take some time to get an answer; and I am not sure to get a positive response. We would have more strength if every contributor send such a request to iStock.
I also posted a message on iStock forum.

About SS, I only saw my footages on PROMO.com (all images come from iStock). And I understand we get some (very) small commissions from SS, for sales on PROMO.com. This is probably an explanation to the $1 commissions I receive from time to time on SS. So I guess all this is legal for footages. This is why I stopped publishing footages on SS (I am now Pond5 exclusive for my new footages). I will probably remove my footage from SS in the future to avoid this.

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On PROMO.com you can find some of your images by entering your iStock contributor name as a keywork in the search field.
If you only enter your contributor name you will only have a subset of the your images on PROMO.com. You need to had another keywork (for exemple "canada" or "paris") to see all your images on a subject.

With this method I saw PROMO.com got ALL my images on iStock  >:( >:(

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Here is the final response of PROMO.com to my request for more information's: "Thanks for reaching out! To follow up on your questions I would suggest you reach out directly to Shutterstock / Istock . All content provided to our customers by Promo is licensed for use so best step would be to reach out to them on that content's use."

I tried to know if they reported images/videos uses to IS/SS so that we can get commissions. They refused to answer and send me back to SS and IS.

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