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« on: June 24, 2020, 06:53 »
+33
I think it is a big news, Africa studio is one of the biggest producers on SS with millions of pictures. And not only that, Africa studio is a synonym for a mass production factory from Easter Europe, the model SS relies on massively.


« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 07:04 »
+9
It's huge news. Other big players are joining in. Buyers will be annoyed as hell.
Jon says he does not want our content on Twitter. That goes for the big players too.

My conspiracy theory is that Facebook is about to buy Shutterstock and wants the prices pushed down so that they can give our stock assets away to their advertisers.

That's why FB was so quick to gag the Inside Imaging article. Also would explain why SS seems to have lost the plot wrt to dealing with their contributors. It's FB pulling their strings now.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2020, 07:07 by CommuniCat »

« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 07:10 »
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It's huge news. Other big players are joining in. Buyers will be annoyed as hell.
Jon says he does not want our content on Twitter. That goes for the big players too.

My conspiracy theory is that Facebook is about to buy Shutterstock and wants the prices pushed down so that they can give our stock assets away to their advertisers.

That's why FB was so quick to gag the Inside Imaging article. Also would explain why SS seems to have lost the plot wrt to dealing with their contributors. It's FB pulling their strings now.
How do you know that? It is interesting. Because I got an impression that FB blocked that article automatically alerted by word boycott.
Regarding AfricaStudio, it is big news indeed. I wanted to compare it with YuriArcurs decision to leave years ago, but I think it is even bigger having in mind the sensitivity of the situation.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2020, 07:17 »
+8


This is just to save everyone else the trouble of going to check if this is true. Screen Snapshot. Zero images


« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2020, 07:21 »
+7
I was thinking Adobe wanted to buy Shutterstock, but Facebook makes more sense.

An impending sale or merger makes sense, because the immediate effect of the change in payout would be Shutterstock suddenly looking a lot more profitable on paper.  Not for long, but, maybe for long enough.

« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2020, 07:22 »
+10
Uncle Pete, I have no idea why would anybody not believe me. I'm 55 years old, professional photographer, feeding my family, high school educated. Why would I come to a forum with a fake news?

« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2020, 07:23 »
+9
That is HUGE!

These big guys deserve props for taking decisive action - it would be so much easier for them to leave their ports on and just stop submitting, and try to wring whatevers left!

Makes me wonder if SS DIDNT make any special deals with ANYONE.
They really are taking a TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT stance.

« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2020, 07:24 »
+10
Ja, that's what they tried to sell us, right? The word "boycott" did not appear in that article. They went pretty quiet after that. Did you note that the second article by chance did? I managed to forward that on my profile no problem. It's still up on my FB account - no auto algorithm stuff there.

Try it for yourself.

My guess is that they worked overtime to squash the story that way. Nah, guys, it was just these fools not knowing how our automatic algorithm works . . .

Note that the whole thread disappeared on our FB page? That was after I asked them some really hard questions.

Spooky stuff.

« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2020, 07:26 »
0
Ja, that's what they tried to sell us, right? The word "boycott" did not appear in that article. They went pretty quiet after that. Did you note that the second article by chance did? I managed to forward that on my profile no problem. It's still up on my FB account - no auto algorithm stuff there.

Try it for yourself.

My guess is that they worked overtime to squash the story that way. Nah, guys, it was just these fools not knowing how our automatic algorithm works . . .

Note that the whole thread disappeared on our FB page? That was after I asked them some really hard questions.

Spooky stuff.
You are right, really spooky. Thanks for gathering all the info.

« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2020, 07:35 »
+8
Lets hope #boycottshutterstock continues to gain momentum

This may become a paradigm shift when we look back on it down the road!

« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2020, 07:36 »
+3
That is HUGE!

These big guys deserve props for taking decisive action - it would be so much easier for them to leave their ports on and just stop submitting, and try to wring whatevers left!

Makes me wonder if SS DIDNT make any special deals with ANYONE.
They really are taking a TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT stance.
It is not how big productions work. They can't stop working just like that. They have a lot of expenses, employees, models,
photographers, contracts, offices, debts for equipment, props, vehicles etc. They are better finding another agency, My guess they will go Getty exclusive now.

« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2020, 07:41 »
+5
That is HUGE!

These big guys deserve props for taking decisive action - it would be so much easier for them to leave their ports on and just stop submitting, and try to wring whatevers left!

Makes me wonder if SS DIDNT make any special deals with ANYONE.
They really are taking a TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT stance.
It is not how big productions work. They can't stop working just like that. They have a lot of expenses, employees, models,
photographers, contracts, offices, debts for equipment, props, vehicles etc. They are better finding another agency, My guess they will go Getty exclusive now.

Oh, Im sure they didnt just stop working. Im sure they will be flooding the other agencies now. And making more than $.10 an image.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2020, 07:46 »
+5
Uncle Pete, I have no idea why would anybody not believe me. I'm 55 years old, professional photographer, feeding my family, high school educated. Why would I come to a forum with a fake news?

It wasn't not believing, it was a matter of making it easy to see that 0 = zero. Just like the screen captures of Jon's tweets. For the record, in case anyone went to look... they don't have to go look. I went and searched all over Twitter, found nothing. So lets say something changes? OK here's a picture of what it looked like.  :) Nothing personal.

That is HUGE!

These big guys deserve props for taking decisive action - it would be so much easier for them to leave their ports on and just stop submitting, and try to wring whatevers left!

Makes me wonder if SS DIDNT make any special deals with ANYONE.
They really are taking a TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT stance.

We'll never know, but I had a few people say they "heard" about the email. I asked some pretty successful artist friends and not one said that they got that email with the special offer. Which was supposed to be, old rates until January 2021.

Anyone here who got the email?

« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2020, 07:47 »
+2
That is HUGE!

These big guys deserve props for taking decisive action - it would be so much easier for them to leave their ports on and just stop submitting, and try to wring whatevers left!

Makes me wonder if SS DIDNT make any special deals with ANYONE.
They really are taking a TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT stance.
It is not how big productions work. They can't stop working just like that. They have a lot of expenses, employees, models,
photographers, contracts, offices, debts for equipment, props, vehicles etc. They are better finding another agency, My guess they will go Getty exclusive now.

Oh, Im sure they didnt just stop working. Im sure they will be flooding the other agencies now. And making more than $.10 an image.
Yes, they will. I don't see a problem with that. If they are capable to produce enormous amounts of pictures, congratulations to them. It looks like everything and everyone is going on your nerves. And congratulations to them for making such a brave move!

« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2020, 07:49 »
+1
Uncle Pete, I have no idea why would anybody not believe me. I'm 55 years old, professional photographer, feeding my family, high school educated. Why would I come to a forum with a fake news?

It wasn't not believing, it was a matter of making it easy to see that 0 = zero. Just like the screen captures of Jon's tweets. For the record, in case anyone went to look... they don't have to go look. I went and searched all over Twitter, found nothing. So lets say something changes? OK here's a picture of what it looked like.  :) Nothing personal.


I know, don't worry, not a big deal :)

Noedelhap

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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2020, 07:50 »
+7
Great news, hopefully more big names and portfolios will follow.

« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2020, 07:57 »
+5
....


« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2020, 08:18 »
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Whoever screenshot that post from Jon before he deleted it deserves a year's free beer.

« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2020, 08:34 »
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Posted in the other thread but I'll post it here too. I just noticed the SSTK paid out $1B to creators in the screen capture

Nice semantic trick he's pulling now they managed to rebrand themselves from being agents (which in any meaningful way is what they have always been).

I think he means artists have paid out many billions of dollars to Shutterstock for marketing their work for them and $1B to him personally. What an ingrate.

« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2020, 08:49 »
+1
It looks like the ss will go to the hands of sh#tty fb and then to instagram, amatures will sell their cats and daily life for a bout 0.05$ for a pix  or smth.

« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2020, 08:55 »
+4
If you believe in conspiracy theories - take a look at this thread.
Somehow I missed the response between the two last posts when I was screen grabbing.

Then "poof" the whole thread went missing. Gone from the group FB page.
Apparently, if you are the thread creator on FB, if you delete it all disappears.
Our "Facebook employee" took their own thread down when I called them out.

What do you guys make of this?

« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2020, 09:01 »
0
That is HUGE!

These big guys deserve props for taking decisive action - it would be so much easier for them to leave their ports on and just stop submitting, and try to wring whatevers left!

Makes me wonder if SS DIDNT make any special deals with ANYONE.
They really are taking a TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT stance.
It is not how big productions work. They can't stop working just like that. They have a lot of expenses, employees, models,
photographers, contracts, offices, debts for equipment, props, vehicles etc. They are better finding another agency, My guess they will go Getty exclusive now.

Oh, Im sure they didnt just stop working. Im sure they will be flooding the other agencies now. And making more than $.10 an image.
Yes, they will. I don't see a problem with that. If they are capable to produce enormous amounts of pictures, congratulations to them. It looks like everything and everyone is going on your nerves. And congratulations to them for making such a brave move!

Everyone is going on my nerves? LOL Because you arent a native English speaker, somewhere along the line you have interpreted my comment as some kind of slam. Its not. Stop reading into stuff when its not there.  ;)
« Last Edit: June 24, 2020, 09:07 by cathyslife »

« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2020, 09:08 »
+10
We always complain about massive portfolios, but for this kind of actions they are so important. By deactivating some of them SS could see million a million image loss in short period of time.

« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2020, 09:10 »
+5
Burn, baby burn!

« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2020, 09:16 »
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If you believe in conspiracy theories - take a look at this thread.
Somehow I missed the response between the two last posts when I was screen grabbing.

Then "poof" the whole thread went missing. Gone from the group FB page.
Apparently, if you are the thread creator on FB, if you delete it all disappears.
Our "Facebook employee" took their own thread down when I called them out.

What do you guys make of this?
why black out the name? which group is this,?


 

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