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With new earning structure made by Shutterstock will you disable your portfolio?

Disable photo and video
129 (47.1%)
Disable only photo
15 (5.5%)
Disable only video
21 (7.7%)
Disable nothing
76 (27.7%)
Quit Shutterstock
33 (12%)

Total Members Voted: 270

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« on: May 27, 2020, 00:47 »
+5
I Will, the first of June.

#BoycottShutterstock
« Last Edit: May 27, 2020, 00:54 by Chichikov »


« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2020, 00:51 »
0
I'll stop uploading. Two years of hard work and all my workflow designed for them. So...

But I'm new on Stock. I understand you.

« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2020, 01:52 »
+3
Sales have been bad this year anyhow - down in the order of 50% from last year before these changes. Will remove 12K videos if nothing changes.

« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2020, 02:08 »
+4
Already de-activated and deleting the videos this morning

« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2020, 03:24 »
+5
Probably I'll disable my account from 1st of June and fully concentrate on AdobeStock...

« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2020, 03:26 »
+9
I thought this an interesting suggestion I read on ss forum...

'Seriously if the contributor community want to make an impact there needs to be organizing as many contributors together to effectively disrupt the new model. I see suggestions to opt-out of sales from 1 June. No need to delete ports unless contributors want to. Just turn them off. There needs to be a clear and concise message and instruction to fellow contributors on various forums on how to opt-out on 1 June, perhaps for a period of two weeks (initially) to send a clear message. A 10% to 20% shutdown of content would suffice to achieve this as shareholders won't be happy with a significant drop in sales and profits.

Key is the contributor community need to strike while the iron is hot because this is the only chance you have to make a difference before emotions settle and a new normal sets in. There won't be another chance.'

« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2020, 03:27 »
0
Probably I'll disable my account from 1st of June and fully concentrate on AdobeStock...
How can you concentrate on Adobe Stock, how it looks like? I send images to all agencies and concentrate on producing content. The only thing I can do is stop uploading to SS and deactivate images, I can't do much more for Adobe than I do now.

PZF

« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2020, 03:36 »
+2
May well delete in due course, when I have found another income stream....
I have bills to pay. In the past SS was my biggest agency, despite recently being pretty dire. I had hoped that post Corvid things might improve.
This clearly isn't going to happen now, but the bills are not going to stop. In fact, they will probably increase as other companies try to make up for the 'hit ' from lockdown etc.
:(

« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2020, 03:59 »
+2
I will disable and then quit SS with some 8000 files plus all the videos! I'm afraid once this start there is no end to it and it will only go from bad to worse anyway. With me its also a principle I dont like the place and I dont like the new people running it. The place is acting in fraudulent ways.

« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2020, 04:05 »
+2
yep already disabled sales yesterday, seems to work no new sales and normally get 15 -20 per day

« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2020, 04:13 »
+4
this is the best time to start new exclusive content based agency

that or world union, syndicate or association like music artist have done.

« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2020, 04:52 »
+8
5000 contributors disabling a port of 5000 images on average is still only 7 or 8 % of the database, which is extremely competitive and loaded with similar images of the same subject anyhow. We can discuss how many contributors will leave and how big or small their portfolio's are, but don't think Shutterstock didn't do the math and didn't calculate the risk or effect. Plenty of people left who don't disable, and prefer earning less instead of getting nothing at all (some really need the money), and of course plenty of people left willing to sell out for 10$c commissions.

That said, gotta stay true to yourself, and for the sake of giving a message and easy my mind by little acts of protest, mine goes down on 1st of June.


georgep7

« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2020, 05:07 »
0
Images on, videos off, but I do not matter, 46 images or so in port.

Here is a semi-offtopic question.

Do you consider that this was planned when managment changed and just delayed due to coronavirus?
Or do you believe that this is because of major sales drops during and after coronavirus?

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2020, 05:10 »
+7
I won't disable anything, nor quit SS, I simply can't afford that for the time being. SS makes up 1/3rd of my yearly revenue.

Besides, what's left once we quit SS? Only Adobe is doing fine right now, the rest is just as evil. Pond5? Sucks. Alamy? Sucks. Getty/iStock? HA. Dreamstime, 123RF? Don't make me laugh.

« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2020, 05:11 »
+4
It's already done. I deleted my account.

Not with me guys!! >:(

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2020, 05:12 »
+7
Probably I'll disable my account from 1st of June and fully concentrate on AdobeStock...

Never put your eggs in one basket, they say. But there are no other baskets left...

« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2020, 05:45 »
+2
Before you blow up the whole shutterstock, please consider that they have changed the whole pricing structures for customers, so now you can not say anything about how your income will look like after the changes they want to introduce.
Subscription plan is divided now into 4 new categories, and nobody of us knows a crap how those categories work.
And the same with 'on demand' section. Not mention other.
Check this out:

https://www.shutterstock.com/pricing


One thing is for sure: contributors with little portfolios of hundreds of pictures who have been earning just a little will be getting still less because of the new system.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2020, 05:57 by monti »


« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2020, 06:09 »
+10
I won't disable anything, nor quit SS, I simply can't afford that for the time being. SS makes up 1/3rd of my yearly revenue.

Besides, what's left once we quit SS? Only Adobe is doing fine right now, the rest is just as evil. Pond5? Sucks. Alamy? Sucks. Getty/iStock? HA. Dreamstime, 123RF? Don't make me laugh.

Acting in this way, in some months you will probably write "SS makes up 5% of my yearly revenue"

The only way to deal with this disaster is to unite and boycott Shutterstock, all together on June 1.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2020, 06:39 by Chichikov »

« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2020, 06:19 »
+6
Before you blow up the whole shutterstock, please consider that they have changed the whole pricing structures for customers, so now you can not say anything about how your income will look like after the changes they want to introduce.
Subscription plan is divided now into 4 new categories, and nobody of us knows a crap how those categories work.
And the same with 'on demand' section. Not mention other.
Check this out:

https://www.shutterstock.com/pricing


One thing is for sure: contributors with little portfolios of hundreds of pictures who have been earning just a little will be getting still less because of the new system.
Honestly I am so peeved by the smoke and mirrors of stating a percentage when what we will be receiving will not correspond at all to that percentage in terms of what SS will get I could give a **** about the specifics right now.

This is just so underhanded. There have only been I think two other instances of something this sh**y been pulled by a major agency in the last 15 years. IStock giving away our images to Google (which effected a lot less people) and Fotolia with the whole DPC (which they back-peddled after the levels of outrage).

To do this to us in the middle of a pandemic when other companies are thinking of ways to support their partners through this (so we can all survive including them) is unspeakably cruel.

God * this gig economy.

« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2020, 06:35 »
+3
If i remember well, last time there was an outrage against an agency (i think it was Depositphotos) Stocksubmitter had a pop-up window informing contributors about situation and the protest. I think there was also a tool to make disabling files easier (that part may not be needed for Shutterstock, disabling is really easy)
So organizing a protest i think we should get the Stocksubmitter guy onboard. I believe there are a lot of Russian-speaking users of it who don't read English forums

« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2020, 07:20 »
+16
Shutterstock makes up around 40% of my stock income, but I will be disabling my account June 1st. If we let them do this to us, we literally have no self-respect.

« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2020, 07:44 »
+12
Shutterstock makes up around 40% of my stock income, but I will be disabling my account June 1st. If we let them do this to us, we literally have no self-respect.

They make up 47% of my income but I still disabled sales on images and deleted videos

I'm sick of this vile industry that treats us like sh-t and comes up with socalled exciting news on a regular basis to cover up their poor management skills and idiocy

« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2020, 07:48 »
+2
yep already disabled sales yesterday, seems to work no new sales and normally get 15 -20 per day

Where can we disable sales without close account or delete images?  ??? :-[

« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2020, 07:50 »
0
yep already disabled sales yesterday, seems to work no new sales and normally get 15 -20 per day

Where can we disable sales without close account or delete images?  ??? :-[

In your Account Settings

« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2020, 08:01 »
0
They don't care a sod if we little-earner disable something. There is nothing like a REAL and WORKING agency contributors-driven, with a fair payment system, a copyright watch over the internet and so on. This is an illusion, just because people all over the world are not able to organize as a powerful mass. We are too stupid and not resolute.

So, pressmaster or Arcurs earnings per-year and mine, in January, are the same. This is how SS will mistreat contributor big-players at the start of the year. Of course their license number will quickly increase but not so fast except for a very well , and little, considered number of contributor. Not so relevant for SS.
Mistreating the vast majority of contributors is how SS takes advantage of us all: thats why is a good idea to have trillions of facile images, not-so-crappy but not even very good. Thats not a problem: these image means good money for SS: and these images are a very very big number. They SELL EVERYTHING and its their win if they sell an image from a contributor with a low per-year number of sales. Thats great: we are a huge number. So from their point of view the sales-mumber is high anyway, and their percentage is higher anyway.
In January we all will earn less and SS will earn more. Then they will earn a little less from some great studios and keep on earning a lot from the masses things will be normal in the end of the year and then restart. You are never finally rewarded with SS. This is how to impoverish copyright at the very best level.
After all microstock is commoditization of intellectual property. We are simply saying oh yeah, let F*** us HARDER!.
Leaving in SS our portfolio if we are not earning in a satisfactory way, is rewarding for them anyway: this give the message that we dont care if we are mistreated. They dont feel any after effects if we leave images in agencies that dont pay us the right. More poor is the contributor, and more they f*** it!


 

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