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« Reply #200 on: August 05, 2019, 20:49 »
+8
I see SS deleted the latest "stolen images" threads and if I read correctly before the thread was deleted it seems Alex (Brasilnut) has been banned from the forum (waits to be corrected)
What is this some kind of weird big brother mentality in that outfit?

I can confirm that my account has been suspended for 3 days followed by 28 days of moderation for posting this suggestion to the SS forum.

SS is getting worse and worse for contributers
They dont give a rats ass about ports full of stolen images, behind the scenes sneaky snake deals like with FAA,  and are very hostile in their actions towards guys like Alex.
Frankly, I am starting to despise them and hope that one day someone with deep pockets and a big reputation gets violated and angry enough to launch a successful lawsuit and have it publicized


Brasilnut

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« Reply #201 on: August 06, 2019, 06:21 »
+2
I see SS deleted the latest "stolen images" threads and if I read correctly before the thread was deleted it seems Alex (Brasilnut) has been banned from the forum (waits to be corrected)
What is this some kind of weird big brother mentality in that outfit?

I can confirm that my account has been suspended for 3 days followed by 28 days of moderation for posting this suggestion to the SS forum.

Their actions look pathetic and puerile. But today looks like a small success if the 3200 image account of math313 has been taken down and stays down. I hope that your sales account hasn't been suspended and only your forum account, otherwise that is shocking!

My account, which is what really matters, has been unaffected.

« Reply #202 on: August 06, 2019, 06:58 »
+3
For those who want to pursue the agencies (who clearly could use some reminders that without contributors they have nothing to sell), just be aware of what the consequences might be for your income.

Being vocal when there are real possible consequences on your life/income is what separates internet warriors from people with a backbone imho

If you can be silenced by a vague threat regarding your income, you don't deserve ANY income

OM

« Reply #203 on: August 06, 2019, 08:05 »
+6
I see SS deleted the latest "stolen images" threads and if I read correctly before the thread was deleted it seems Alex (Brasilnut) has been banned from the forum (waits to be corrected)
What is this some kind of weird big brother mentality in that outfit?

I can confirm that my account has been suspended for 3 days followed by 28 days of moderation for posting this suggestion to the SS forum.

Their actions look pathetic and puerile. But today looks like a small success if the 3200 image account of math313 has been taken down and stays down. I hope that your sales account hasn't been suspended and only your forum account, otherwise that is shocking!

My account, which is what really matters, has been unaffected.

Glad to hear that.

On a slightly different subject.....I sent an email to Adobe last night because I noticed that a contributor in the toppers of the week had a few photos in their port which looked a bit sus. One had a trademark clearly visible with a description of something else entirely and the second shot was available as a Wikimedia commons and on Unsplash. I told them of my concerns and this morning (within 12 hours) the offending photo's plus a few more that I hadn't complained about were gone from his port. The majority of his small port is still up so I presume that Adobe does want his shots of desert, camels and what appear to be North African buildings!

At least they dealt with it quickly and without demanding a DMCA (which I couldn't give as the offending photos weren't mine).

Edit: One day later and his account is 'empty'. Pointer to SS....it can be done.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2019, 03:33 by OM »


« Reply #205 on: August 28, 2019, 11:19 »
0
This one seems suspicious:-

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/airplane-crash-foggy-weather-1098082550?src=14IdjKBdgRgmqxkdLAF9GQ-1-1

Has an odd (very good) mix of images combined with bad captioning and the odd weird photoshop.

The chances of this guy getting this one plane photos, uploading no others etc is slim.  I cant decide if its another fake or not but its suspicious.

« Reply #206 on: August 28, 2019, 13:10 »
0
This one seems suspicious:-

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/airplane-crash-foggy-weather-1098082550?src=14IdjKBdgRgmqxkdLAF9GQ-1-1

Has an odd (very good) mix of images combined with bad captioning and the odd weird photoshop.

The chances of this guy getting this one plane photos, uploading no others etc is slim.  I cant decide if its another fake or not but its suspicious.


To me it looks like a 3D rendering.

« Reply #207 on: August 28, 2019, 13:22 »
0
It is a 3D rendering (theres a worse one with a beach and skyscrapers on it).


« Last Edit: August 29, 2019, 08:40 by gnirtS »




Brasilnut

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« Reply #213 on: August 30, 2019, 02:36 »
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« Reply #214 on: August 30, 2019, 04:49 »
0
Great captions: Travel for food around the world.
I like the vegan chicken breasts.

This one is rotating and cropping which is making finding the originals a bit harder.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/travel-food-around-world-1487622320?src=wqqqF1-m8UyzSTGwbZqjaQ-1-56  his

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/bruschetta-217261501   <-- seems to be this one cropped and horizontally flipped.


https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/travel-food-around-world-1487598902?src=wqqqF1-m8UyzSTGwbZqjaQ-2-37  <-- cropped and flipped version of this:-

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/two-glasses-citrus-lemonade-red-oranges-585810986  <--- original

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/travel-food-around-world-1487598917?src=wqqqF1-m8UyzSTGwbZqjaQ-2-25  <-- stolen
https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/roasted-cherry-tomato-goats-cheese-quiche-744819217 <--- original

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/travel-food-around-world-1487636630?src=wqqqF1-m8UyzSTGwbZqjaQ-1-3 <-- stolen
https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/strawberry-ice-cream-fresh-ripe-strawberries-271398206 <-- is the original


The close crop and 180 flip is fooling the similar search - are the indians photo-thieves evolving?  Interesting profile for someone who apparently does landscape, travel and nature.

Im reporting these to [email protected] but as of yet have not received a response to any reports.
« Last Edit: August 30, 2019, 05:12 by gnirtS »

Brasilnut

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« Reply #215 on: December 01, 2019, 08:03 »
+8
Within 5 mins I spotted more than dozen thieves proliferating at SS...

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/red-apple-covered-rain-drops-1522140569?src=-1-1

Just follow the peach trail and it will lead you to many accounts that lead to many more into infinity...

steheap

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« Reply #216 on: December 01, 2019, 11:52 »
+9
Wow - so we get one of two images of the same subject rejected for being similars, but their software can't identify these?

Steve


« Reply #217 on: December 01, 2019, 14:43 »
+2
Seriously why even worry about it.

Agencies like SS don't care and you'll give yourself ulcers thinking about it.

Just let SS carry on in their own stupid way until they get a slap from some lawyer

They're just idiot kids play acting business professionals.

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #218 on: December 01, 2019, 14:55 »
+2
Seriously why even worry about it.

Agencies like SS don't care and you'll give yourself ulcers thinking about it.

Just let SS carry on in their own stupid way until they get a slap from some lawyer

They're just idiot kids play acting business professionals.

True, at this point it's more of an ongoing gag reel.

OM

« Reply #219 on: December 18, 2019, 11:30 »
+3
They don't care about stolen photos but are mustard on stolen footage. This took a while to get up to speed but after the OP came with examples of genuine and stolen, the port of 7K videos was gone quite quickly.

https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/topic/98957-marinionelamari-username-is-selling-my-videos/

« Reply #220 on: December 18, 2019, 16:26 »
+2
Within 5 mins I spotted more than dozen thieves proliferating at SS...

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/red-apple-covered-rain-drops-1522140569?src=-1-1

Just follow the peach trail and it will lead you to many accounts that lead to many more into infinity...

In this particular case, that image has been places in the public domain, so selling it is not illegal. But it violates SS terms, I'm sure. So it's not stolen, which is why SS probably isn't that concerned. Original image is probably this: https://pixabay.com/photos/apple-fall-juicy-food-autumn-1122537/

EDIT - Saw your original post. This isn't new information.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2019, 16:32 by ppdd »

Snow

« Reply #221 on: January 02, 2020, 03:50 »
0
A few years ago SS was talking grandly about how they were a "technology" company with a big R&D group. 

I think they built a system so automated and so complicated that they can't manage it anymore; and some employees, partners and other 'insiders' have figured out how to play it.  People with access are bringing in other people's stolen portfolios for a price, direct, no 'upload' and no inspection, thousands of images at a time.   They've probably lost enough key development people by now that they're afraid to touch the code, can't take the risk of breaking things, and don't have enough monitoring hooks in place.

Its too late, the ship has sailed... they can't afford to pay new people to look back at 100 million images and decide what's real anymore.  Even if they did, how many of those poorly paid 'inspectors' could they trust?

Spot on!

OM

« Reply #222 on: January 26, 2020, 20:33 »
0
Within 5 mins I spotted more than dozen thieves proliferating at SS...

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/red-apple-covered-rain-drops-1522140569?src=-1-1

Just follow the peach trail and it will lead you to many accounts that lead to many more into infinity...

Yep. Something weird about a couple of those thieves' accounts and that is that their account name doesn't appear in the space where it should......... just a grey pulsating rectangle!! Hovering over that grey rectangle with the cursor reveals 2 weird account names...'think4321' and 'OuSs-911'

« Reply #223 on: January 27, 2020, 04:21 »
+2
Within 5 mins I spotted more than dozen thieves proliferating at SS...

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/red-apple-covered-rain-drops-1522140569?src=-1-1

Just follow the peach trail and it will lead you to many accounts that lead to many more into infinity...

Yep. Something weird about a couple of those thieves' accounts and that is that their account name doesn't appear in the space where it should......... just a grey pulsating rectangle!! Hovering over that grey rectangle with the cursor reveals 2 weird account names...'think4321' and 'OuSs-911'

That usually means that they've been detected and their accounts are in the process of being deleted.

Give it 24 to 48 hours they should be gone  8)

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #224 on: January 28, 2020, 09:41 »
+2
How SS accepted these without a (legitimate) press pass is beyond me.

Whole account comprises of stolen images...

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/RJ-studio


 

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