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Selling Stock Direct / Re: Google images licensable tag
« on: November 05, 2020, 13:33 »
With respect to the DMCA in the US (I have no understanding of European case law); several cases in the US have covered the issue of CMI removal and made it clear that the removal has to be with the intent of facilitating copyright infringement. Without that intent, the DMCA doesn't help.

It's a shame that's how the law was written, but the solution is legislative (change the law) not a lawsuit. Right now the US congress is utterly dysfunctional, so this is a longer-term goal

Maybe with JRB Jr. and Kamala Harris, the first woman, African American, Asian American to serve as vice president, we could get some laws changed. Biden won, now lets see him do something with his promises. Protect our work

Well build back better with ... newly empowered labor unions. With equal pay for women. With rising wages you can raise a family on. Yes, were going to do more than praise our essential workers. Were finally going to pay them.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stolen content available for sale
« on: November 05, 2020, 13:21 »
Restrict new users from Ukraine.

Racist. 🙄

Only in Cathy's World is a country a race. Where did you go to grade school? Add Pakistan and India to the restricted list for new users before they can collect earnings.

Yaymicro / Re: Yay reopening??
« on: October 12, 2020, 12:15 »
I received an email from Yay today:

Hello again!

A brief update about where we are at with our video contributor technology.
We have recently launched video pricing tiers. This means you can price all of your videos or just one individual video at another price point.
Existing high quality contributors are grandfathered into the "Premium" tier.
New contributors will start at the "Regular" tier. After uploading 100 approved videos, you can apply for the "Premium" tier.

Here's how the new pricing works:
    "Budget" (HD - $5, no 4K)
    "Regular" (HD - $24.99, 4K - $59)
    "Premium" (HD - $59, 4K - $149)

Some videos, like a time-lapse or a less offered content drone shot or a video shot with a DSLR at 4K higher bitrate has different value than a GoPro video for example.
To solve this problem, you can now reprice existing approved videos by clicking the checkbox next to the desired video, in the "Videos" navigation tab.

Regular is priced way too low, in my opinion. So I've applied for Premium tier. hopefully this will be applied without any hassles.
I've uploaded my entire vector and video portfolio last week, let's see if that brings me any sales.

How's that working out for you?

Off Topic / Re: Trump has the rona
« on: October 12, 2020, 11:31 »

4 more Superyears!

The thread is about Trump getting rona. And then infecting everyone around him. But go ahead and ignore that, and deflect to a superman shirt. As if thats funny.  ::)

You should follow your own rules.

LOL Your truth, maybe. To me, that sounds a lot like Trump and the Republicans. Just watch Trumps ads. Just listen to the names Trump et al. love calling people. Just watch Trump rallies and the violence. 🙄

You can say that a billion times, but it still doesnt make it true. The people, the popular vote, elected HRC. The electoral college and its aforementioned-in-great-length flaws, elected Trump.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Stolen content available for sale
« on: October 12, 2020, 11:24 »
Restrict new users from Ukraine.

CommuniCat really nailed it!... in this business contributors is an agency's life-blood ( somebody used this expression some years back) it really fits! and if the blood gets infected the patient will die!...anyway who cares they have been conning us for years! just look at their crazy and schitzophrenic search algorithm changes every five minutes and in the process slaughtering hundreds of portfolios!

The search changes every five minutes? How does changing and giving more exposure to more people slaughter portfolios? Wouldn't that help some of us. How does that hurt?

7 / Re: So they do use AI to review then...
« on: September 19, 2020, 06:43 »
If they pay 0.05 for each picture to the reviewer, then there are no humans involved when the program runs. Seems to be automatic.

Ask Laurin Rinder he worked 3 years for Bigstock researching his best selling book.

@LaurinRinder was a reviewer? Why doesn't he answer what they got paid on Bigstock? After they sold to SS the contract is done, not secret.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Down?
« on: September 19, 2020, 06:39 »
Give Martha a smarta$$ apology too. She corrected you first. LOL. 🙄

Martha politely corrected me. You insulted me, checked my account, called me a troll and personally attacked me. That's why so many people here don't like you but they all like Martha. You're a passive aggressive forum bully.

Do you guys think that other stocks like iStock and Adobe check contributor portfolios more carefully?
Yes I do but sometimes getting the account shut down is still difficult

Shouldn't be a standard practice for SS to ban thieves altogether?
If 3 images are reported as stolen, there is a good chance, he has stolen other images.

Yes they should and 3 is proof that somebody didn't make a mistake.

Do you guys think that other stocks like iStock and Adobe check contributor portfolios more carefully?
Historically, iS used to ban people for posting files for which they didn't have copyright. They actually blocked ports pending enquiry following a complaint, which was a bit unfair if someone was innocent (in the days when a few days 'down' could mean a serious money loss).
However, there was definitely a time when they wouldn't investigate unless it was the actual copyright owner who contacted them.

I don't know what happens there now, haven't seen a thread here for a while.
Previous threads here have shown that SS can take weeks to take down an abuser.

Meanwhile, I got a reply from their twitter presence:
Thank you for letting us know. We've submitted this for review with our compliance team.  That was an hour ago, so you can keep checking to see how long it takes. Quite possibly/probably all of that port isn't their copyright.
SS hides behind DMCA, they are incompetent and ignorant.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Down?
« on: September 01, 2020, 03:07 »
Must be fixed, I just went to my account ok.

You still have a SS account. I thought you are leading the boycott. Do you still upload to them?

The topic is the Adobe Stock Contributor site. Yes, I have an account at Adobe. No, I dont have images at SS, I deleted them all. No, Im not leading the boycott. Yes, I am most definitely supporting the boycott. How about you? Or are you just another anonymous troll here to stir the crap and not contribute anything useful? I see youve made 12 posts but have only been here just shy of a year.

Please forgive me Most Reverend Eminence and Princess of the forum, for I have sinned and I made a mistake.

General Stock Discussion / Re: RPD in SS and AS
« on: August 02, 2020, 14:10 »
There is someone over at SS forum who is thrilled to have 33 x $5.22 clip sales and others seem to be in awe. If it was one or two clip or image sales (SOD) for that total amount then sure not bad but 33 clips. I've noticed over the years that many don't even have a clue how much they could or should be making. They even think they are doing well with this kind of performance.

The next generation of Microstockers I guess and it looks like this is the kind of contributors SS want to go forward with, the clueless.

That is how microstock took off... the clueless.

Hah I guess you're right!
But then that would make me one of them  :-\
For me it never felt right submitting to Microstock and I'm still trying to cut down on time and effort to make it still worth it. Funny thing is they expect you to do the opposite ::)

I came quite late to the party of microstock mainly due to the financial pressure it was placing on a once wonderful sustainable industry. I ended up submitting as IS exclusive selling rejects from GI and it was okay for a while considering I was selling myself short, but I could never understand why anyone in their right mind would give their work to a subscription site notably SS and sell themselves even shorter. Oddly enough... and people forget this, IS was the only microstock agency holding out for higher prices and finally succumbed to subscription pressures and racing to the bottom. IMHO the genie is out of the bottle and there is no going back. It's all way too corporate to make it beneficial to any contributor.

The old subscription model is dead, now we have Freepix Payment per Download.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Contributor Down?
« on: August 01, 2020, 13:38 »
Must be fixed, I just went to my account ok.

You still have a SS account. I thought you are leading the boycott. Do you still upload to them?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:52 »
you can thank American #fakenews media for Trump's slow reaction:

You can thank Donald Trump for Trump's slow reaction... he's the biggest source of fake news on the planet! Sorry, but if it's come out of his mouth, then it's more likely to be false than it is true.

When a Trump stopped flights from China, Biden made it clear that the move was racist and xenophobic. Thats all you need to know about how Biden would have addressed the crisis. Would we now 10x or 100x the number of deaths. A scary thought.

Both GIF and the peanut butter are pronounced "Jif."

Why didn't I think of this Subject before? :)

Correction they are not the same. But the creator of GIF says they are. Now I don't know.

15 / Re: Alamy Sold
« on: February 16, 2020, 08:27 »

Last year, compared to my best years, I had about half the sales. On top of that, each sale (Net) averages around 18% of what each license used to earn me back then.
Last year I had my best year ever on Alamy for sales; but my gross earnings (from my dashboard graph) were 22% down on 2018.
Relatively poor January 2020, nothing yet in Feb.

Income is down for me too. Commissions, RPD is down on Alamy too. More sales than most years, less money.

Biggest single sale was a food shot from almost ten years ago, that has no sales anywhere else in that time. Gross $125 50%, Alamy is totally unpredictable and not Microstock. But also just like you said, lower and lower, every year.
But I'll promise you, I've never made a sale off an image on my hard drive that wasn't uploaded.  :)

Alamy what should I shoot.

16 / Re: Zero sales of new files
« on: October 18, 2019, 06:55 »
Uncle Pete that is awesome your new images go straight to page 1 after uploaded. Yes, I can only wish!

Seems like a lot of you are doing very well. We are all going to have different experiences that can be the result of many factors.

Keep up the great work and wishing everyone a great season ahead :)

Next upload see where yours go. I don't know why he gets special treatment?

Check your password make sure none are the same on any sites that involve money.

Newbie Discussion / Re: why can't I start a new thread?
« on: October 03, 2019, 15:41 »
Hello all. Have been a lurker for many years, just created this account due to the major changes at Pond5 and the possibility of the forums being closed there due to mass contributor negativity. Hoping there are alternatives out there, I think a lot of previously loyal Pond5ers will be looking as well. Cheers to better days ahead.

I also contribute to Pond5, never used their forums. What major changes and issue are you talking about ?  "contributor negativity" ?
I must have missed that.

I recommend checking out the Pond5 forums if you're a contributor, but the latest change was a drop from 50% to 35% contributor share for all audio and a complete shutdown of communication with the artists. Before that, random $50/$80 price caps on customer search results, excluding clips above those prices. Before that, misinformation about the exclusive program and a drop from 50% to 40% for non-exclusive video...

I went exclusive video, didn't know they had forums.

Newbie Discussion / Re: Microstock Photography - Beginners Guide
« on: September 27, 2019, 07:06 »
Thank you for the guide Leaf.

I am uploading to Shutter, Adobe, iStock and Alamy, should I add any more or is that the top places?

This Company is Giving Away 100,000 AI-Generated Portraits for Free.

As it's improved it will probably expand into landscapes, wildlife and quite a few other subjects in stock photography. Or even art, paintings and prints.

What's this mean for the future of stock photographers? Or even traditional camera sales which are already nose-diving as a whole.

I think we're better then AI for now.

I dont understand what happen here. Search result have change or Buyer is gone... I dont sell news photo since 6 month. rarely sell new photo. Pretty frustrated situation. I continue to make great money but that is pretty bad to see old photo sell and not new. I am the only on this situation ?

I sell same old or new but I'm only doing this for 5 years.

My latest earnings report shows the earnings for the main stock agencies I submit to (including 500px). So that will give you an idea of the bigger sellers (as does the poll on the right). But I have 12000 images, so your earnings with 5 will not be huge!

Thank you for the good advise. I have been taking photos and joining stock sites, I just found this forum.

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