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The sales finally hit my account today.

My commission on the two stickers that I ordered was $.37 each (I am level 4).


Sorry for the delay, I have been traveling.

Response from Shutterstock:
Hi David,

Thank you for your patience. is our official API partner and they have full access to search and license of royalty-free images/vectors available on via our API Partner Program. The reason you did not see the payout straightaway, is because our API partners are invoiced on a monthly basis. In this case, any assets licensed in March will be invoiced in April and as soon as CarStickers processes the payment, you will see your payout come through.


IP Team
Shutterstock, Inc.


I will follow up when I see the sale hit my account.

Discovered a bunch of my work available for sale at - and they also offer the ability to search Shutterstock and have a sticker printed of any Shutterstock vector.

Decided to test it out. Ordered a sticker of one of my works that they offer and one from Shutterstock that never sells.

Just got the confirmation that my order has shipped, and guess what... no indication of any sale of either file on Shutterstock.

Adobe Stock / Are there ANY quality standards?
« on: June 09, 2020, 09:29 »
100's of pages of text dropped onto the same low quality backgrounds with inaccurate keywords...

5 / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 26, 2020, 14:24 »
Stock traders are very active twitter users.  Post your disgust on twitter using: $sstk

Use the dollar sign, not a hashtag.

Please post screenshots of the two images.

I've had many of my ideas ripped by other contributors, but I have never seen a direct copy of my work.

I have specifically avoided agencies that allowed usage of vectors as logos. Fotolia had specific wording in their license agreement that said it was not allowed.

Looking on the homepage at Adobe Stock (see attachment), Adobe appears to be encouraging creating a brand identity from stock vectors. Additionally I can't seem to find anywhere in the license agreement that says they cannot be used as logos or brand identities. Is this a recent change?

If someone can download my vector from Adobe and legally use them as their business logo, I'm going to have to shut my account down. That is insane.

Thanks for the feedback! I will do a site backup and then update.

My sales aren't huge, but get one or two a week which pays for my hosting and then some.

Just curious if anyone else is still using the OG version of Symbiostock and if you have updated WordPress?

I'd hate to update Wordpress and blow up my site, which is still pulling in revenue.


In 2018 I made just a little more than I was making at 123RF in a month in 2016.

I stopped uploading when they took away the ability to download your own images (It acted like a secondary backup for my files).

Image Sleuth / Re: Etsy is the absolute worst
« on: April 23, 2019, 09:36 »
I have been all over Etsy reporting my images being sold illegally and I have also contacted several other stock artists when I found their work for sale.

I know of one seller that has probably had 30-40 successful copyright reports in the past week and they're still active and selling stolen digital files daily.

Although Etsy is quick to remove the listing when reported, it appears they will not take any action against the seller.

It's often difficult to find the copyright holder because their Shutterstock profile name doesn't match any other name online. Something to consider when selling stock, you may want to make it easier for people to find you.

Image Sleuth / Re: Etsy is the absolute worst
« on: April 11, 2019, 22:34 »
I've been busy reporting images tonight. Oh, and now after messaging a couple sellers directly I'm now blocked from using messages on Etsy.

Image Sleuth / Re: Etsy is the absolute worst
« on: April 11, 2019, 21:06 »
I found a few today and had them removed. Etsy was fast to react, but do they penalize the seller?

I just found a bunch more and it's really pissing me off. I could spend all day fighting these thieving a-holes.

Etsy needs to step up and ban these jerks.

So after finding my work being sold by this seller I contacted the seller and asked him to remove my work. He removed my work, but asked why he wasn't able to use them as he paid for all the files on Shutterstock. I explained that you need to purchase a different license to sell merchandise with the designs.

Of course, Shutterstock doesn't care that someone is reselling thousands of pieces of art without the proper license and told me to contact eBay.

Check this decal seller on eBay:

I see a lot of familiar looking work from stock sites.

Report to eBay if you find your artwork.

Adobe Stock / Re: Images that were exclusive with Fotolia....
« on: March 19, 2019, 17:03 »
That's very helpful Mat, thank you.

I'll send you an email shortly.

Adobe Stock / Images that were exclusive with Fotolia....
« on: March 19, 2019, 15:57 »
I had 40-50 images that were exclusive to Fotolia. I did this as an experiment to see how exclusivity worked with image search rankings and Google image search visibility.

When uploading to Adobe Stock, I don't see any way to indicate an exclusive image. Is it safe to now upload those previously exclusive images to other agencies?


Feature Two: Contributor of the week. We are now showcasing the top photo, vector and illustration contributors each week. This is a great way to see in real time what is actually trending in the market. I strongly recommend you check this out every week for motivation and inspiration.

Contributors will be featured automatically no more than once every 5 weeks. The featured contributors are selected automatically based on sales of content submitted in the past 6 months. The top ten contributors measured by the upload/sales ratio are featured.

I hope you enjoy these new features!

-Mat Hayward

Hi Mat, where are these top contributors featured?


123RF / Re: Cannot download my own images without paying?!
« on: April 17, 2018, 16:12 »
That one feature was only reason I was still uploading files there. Sales at 123rf are in the toilet, but I still uploaded there so I could have a quick online backup of my work.

22 / Re: February Payment?
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:22 »
Thanks Dumc, I'll contact Shutterstock and see what is going on.

23 / February Payment?
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:01 »
I'm usually paid by the 7th of the month but still haven't received my February payment.

Just curious to know if anyone else is experiencing the same situation?

My sales at 123RF have been on the decline for a couple of years, but in the past couple months its fallen off to new lows. Over an 80% drop in December of 2017 over December of 2016.

As a test, I uploaded some exclusive files to 123RF in early December and those images are still not indexed on Google Images.

I do believe that many buyers use Google Images to search and find images. Maybe a change in Google's algorithm? Images that I uploaded to other agencies were indexed by Google within days.

My sales are about 15% of what they once were a couple years ago at BigStock.

I'm on the "Bridge to Bigstock" so all of my files from Shutterstock are automatically in the Bigstock portfolio. If that wasn't the case, I don't think I'd bother uploading.

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