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DepositPhotos / Re: Difference between "Rank" and "Level"?
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:28 »
Hello all,
sorry I havent been visiting thsi site regularly during the festive season.

Microbius and everyone else with that problem - we would have to take a look at your accoutn with us. Please send an email to [email protected] and you will hear back from us shortly. I know this email-address sounds like a general one, but once you send an email there, an individual contact person from the reviewing team will contact you  personally and be your direct contact in the future.

DepositPhotos / Depositphotos introduces editorial and Tax center
« on: December 07, 2011, 10:41 »
Hello everyone,

we have started accepting editorial images! Also interesting - our new tax center. Please read our press release on our blog about it:

Depositphotos Starts Accepting Editorial Images and Launches Tax Center

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 7 Dec. 2011 Depositphotos, the fastest-growing stock photo agency in the world, announces that it is now accepting images for editorial use only.

Depositphotos has expanded its license policy to accept non-model released and non-property-released images for editorial use as a descriptive visual reference to current events, newsworthy stories, social events, places and/or products. This new image category gives more flexibility to publishing houses, authors, newsrooms editors, journalists and bloggers to illustrate their stories by providing them with hi-quality images and news sensitive photos. The editorial use only images will not be available for any commercial or promotional purposes.


DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos hits 5 million mark
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:38 »
But again, please dont get the impression that I am here to push people into joining our site. I just want to inform and discuss.

That is so wonderful so could you discuss perhaps the allegations that your Ft. Lauderdale operation is just a mailbox cover for a Cyprus based group owning Depositfiles as one the leading providers of illegal content?  :P

Hello! I already did exactly that in this very thread. :)

My regards to Yaroslav and I understand you will have to ignore "From this moment all paranoid requests will be ignored by us."

I really dont know any Yaroslav in our company, otherwise I would have passed your regards on ;).
I have already explained that the communcation in the beginning was not how it should have been. We had a lot to learn back then and we have and now I am here to handle questions and queries in a polite, honest and direct manner.

DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos hits 5 million mark
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:15 »
I don't know if there really is a DP office in FL and I am not about to drive there just to find out. Whatever Marius says may well be the truth, and maybe Leaf knows these people personally, but all the talk hasn't changed my mind at all. I'm in no great hurry to jump on any more bandwagons...too many people jumping on the "let's post some stuff on the internet for sale and make millions off it, while we pay the people who do all the work pennies" free ride train.

Hello cclapper. 
All good and well what you said. I respect that. I did not come to this forum to get new photographers into joining us and uploading our portfolio, though. If anybody feels like that who didnt before - great. But this is not the point of me being here. I am here to answer questions about our company and I can assure you that I do that honest and direct. People seem to be using this offer already, as we can see on this thread and Im happy give answers that were unclear before.

But again, please dont get the impression that I am here to push people into joining our site. I just want to inform and discuss.

DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos hits 5 million mark
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:05 »
I too am very glad Depositphotos has stepped up with greater willingness to engage the concerns of their suppliers.
Marius, could you please take a look at this thread:


And let us know if it is actually DP's policy that anyone is free to take our Intellectual Property from your site and use it as they please as long as they leave your watermark intact, or was this misreported?

Hello Microbius. Thanks for the link, I had not seen that earlier.

First of all let me say, that Im not working for Depositphotos' legal department, so please dont expect too much legal insight from my side.

I can of course clarify Depositphotos' position on that matter, though.
Publishing those images is of course not legal and not tolerated by us. There IS a violation and the answer to the email from one of my colleagues was false and should have been a lot more detailed and explaining and I apologize for that.

However, we can only react on a limited number of those offenses. We are sending out several DMCAs but we cant find every violation on the web and react on it. Those images are available on Google search and neither we, nor any other agency, can afford to not use Google search.
Our capacities are limited and we must concentrate our work on the direct service to our contributors and clients. Looking up every watermarked image that is used without paying and taking action on that is like the fight of Don Quixote against windmills.

This answer will probably not make you entirely happy and neither does it make us happy, but we have to be realistic and see that we can not stop this use of images completely.

What we can say however is, that every photo from yourself, that you uploaded to Depositphotos and that you find watermarked on a site where it definitely has not been paid for, you can direct to us and we will send out a DMCA to that site.

DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos hits 5 million mark
« on: December 02, 2011, 06:44 »
@Tabimura: Glad to hear!

Welcome here Marius.  It was great to see you guys at the Microstock Expo and get to chat.   It's also nice to see another site challenging the iStock's of the industry for market share.

Thanks Tyler! Yeah, the expo was excellent and it was really cool meeting you and all the other guys there. I am surprised that on this forum the discussion after the expo werent that big. I would have suspected that anyone would have wanted to know every detail about it.

About challenging the "istocks" well...lets talk about that, when we hit th next 5 million ;). But we are happy to be on a good way.

DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos hits 5 million mark
« on: December 02, 2011, 03:38 »
Thanks, Marius. That was a very thorough and helpful reply.

Thank you for your honesty as well. Highly appreciated.

As much as I'm still not comfortable with DP's background and the former connection to DF, I do appreciate your honesty about it. In the past, representatives of DP seemed more interested in covering it up rather than just addressing it. And I think that made it a bigger issue for me than it would have been if the DP folks were just honest about it. Honestly it's not that big a deal. Plenty of people who were involved in file sharing sites are now running legal businesses. It's the dishonesty about it that was the most troubling.

Well, I do admit that mistakes have been made then. I wouldnt really call it dishonesty though. As I mentioned earlier, the first attempt of contributing on this forum was done just after the company was started and the people who were writing here, didnt really know how to react to the situation. They were new to the company and to the business as well. So for them a past of the founder in a site like depositfiles and the current involvement in depositphotos didnt pose any problem and any business relation. And, as I wrote earlier, it isnt and there is no direct connection - but I of course understand the concerns that people had. The problem then was though, that they didnt know how to react, as they were new to the whole thing and didnt know what this could lead to. So they chose a wrong way and didnt clear up things back then. That was naive and wrong, as it would have been so much easier to get things started better right from the beginning. And the even bigger mistake was, not to clear that up later on. I know that we have missed out on that.  But thats that. For the future Ill be happy to go about things more transparent and direct and open and be a direct contact person for whoever has any queries about Depositphotos.

I have no doubt that DP is a legal and upstanding business, and has probably always been. The founder's background is morally questionable, but I could have overlooked that a long time ago if the DP representatives just gave honest answers instead of misleading info and threats.

It's good to see some better representation from within the company, and I appreciate you coming in here and responding directly and openly to some of these concerns. You probably won't see me signing up as a contributor any time soon, but it's refreshing to read some honest responses to questions and to know that DP is interested in being a productive and positive part of the stock business, and I can keep an open mind about it. I will be interested to see how the company continues to grow and what things look like with the next 5 million images.

Thank you.
I dont feel that the background of our founder is morally questionable, but I respect your view on it. This is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves. And you are of course always welcome to contribute whenever you feel like it.
With going from 4 to 5 million in 3 months, I didnt even dare to speculate when the next 5 million will be reached ;).

Thanks to lagereek and sadstock as well for the nice words.

DepositPhotos / Re: Depositphotos hits 5 million mark
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:56 »
@BaldricksTrousers: Thanks! I got to admit, we are quite proud of achieving that in such a short period of time. By the way, excellent Nickname - big fan of Blackadder here ;)
Our marketing strategies are equally aimed at photographers and sellers, yes.

Hi Marius. Congrats on the achievement.

It's good to see some new DP representation here in the forum. There have been a number of discussions here about DP, and I was hoping that you might be able to clear up some of the questions that have been raised. Particularly the questions about the company's connection to DepositFiles, Dmitry Sergeev's connection to DF, the unclear location of your offices (do you actually do business in Florida or is that just a satellite office?), etc. Any chance you could comment on these things?

Last time anyone from DP came here to comment on this issues they mostly just made threats against anyone who them up. I'm hoping you might be able to more adequately address some concerns that I and other folks here have.

Thank you too helix7!

Let me first tell you, that back then we were still extremely fresh and had to learn a lot of stuff along the way and departments as PR and so on werent yet settled properly. So, as well meaning as they were, the colleagues back then probably werent sufficiently prepared for representing a stock agency on a forum.

We are still relatively young in the market of course, but we have become bigger and more professional constantly to a point now, were we can say, that we are here to stay and play our part in the business.

About Mr. Sergeev. He did play a part in the website Depositfiles, yes. That has ended even before he founded Depositphotos though. There was never a connection of the sites in terms of photos coming from the one site that may then be downloaded for free on the other. I myself am not an expert on how filesharing sites work, but the actual(!) concept is about sharing legal files that may be shared freely. I know, that it is possible to share photos there as well without the approval of the artist. And I understand that this is very frustrating for a photographer or illustrator. I can assure you that Depositphotos have no interest in providing those images in any other way than to publish them on our site (or over one of our APIs), sell them legally and provide the agreed share to the photographer. We have been doing well exactly that way for the past 2 years and we are not about to change that. An image that is taken from our database and then put on any filesharing site is an image that we lose out on as well, so we want to prevent that from happening just as much as you do. We know that the recipe to a successful stock agency is valuing customers and contributors equally. As much as we are interested in selling images, we know very well, that the contributors are the ones providing our site with the excellent images that we have. And to keep them happy is just as important as ensuring sales.

About the office. Yes, the HQ is in Florida. There is an office  if you are in the area feel free to pop in and say hello ;).  We also have offices in Britain and Russia. On the site youll find numbers of each office. Feel free to just call and ask us anything you want. Or just ask me in this forum if you prefer that.

Im not around 24/7 but will make sure to answer quick enough.

DepositPhotos / Depositphotos hits 5 million mark
« on: December 01, 2011, 06:49 »
Hello everyone,

I am Marius from Depositphotos. I recently registered an account with this forum. On the Microstock Expo in Berlin i met great people from the industry and i heard many say, that it would be great to have an official Depositphotos representative on the popular forums like this one. So here I am! :)


We just hit the 5 million images mark today and published the following press release about that:


Depositphotos Image Library Hits 5 Million Images
By adding over 1,000,000 images in 3 months, Depositphotos proves its claim to be the fastest growing stock photo agency in the world.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1 Dec. 2011 Depositphotos, the fastest-growing stock photo agency in the world, announces the addition of its 5 millionth image. This milestone underscores its steady growth and commitment to be a huge player in the microstock industry.

Newbie Discussion / Re: why can't I start a new thread?
« on: December 01, 2011, 06:44 »
Thanks for the info Tyler. Could have figured out that one myself.... ;)

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