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« on: June 25, 2007, 00:36 »
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Apparently I'm the first to find Corbis's newest website.

https://www.snapvillage.com/Default.aspx

I picked it up in the times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/25/technology/25corbis.html

Well, I guess I'll have to laugh since we were there too, but 'red car' pulls up some interesting results!


« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007, 00:39 »
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I like the about page the best:
https://www.snapvillage.com/AboutSnapVillage.aspx

At this point maybe they launched before they were ready? It's blank- maybe they didn't have anything to say :) 

I'm actually surprised they didn't do a content drive first.

« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007, 01:13 »
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Well, it's fantastically fast and easy to use...

As for the structure, terms, conditions etc..... I'm still digesting those......

« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007, 01:29 »
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I can't see anyone taking this seriously.

From my brief 30 second tour it appears that they'll accept just about anything (as long as you upload no more than five at a time).

« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2007, 01:48 »
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And their requirement to have a PayPal account before you can join will exclude a large number of "photographers from all over the world" that live in countries that cannot receive payments through PayPal.

I was expecting much more from the Corbis giant. Their site looks just like another one of the back yard stock sites that appear (and disappear) every month. Very disappointing.

« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2007, 01:53 »
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It is fantastically fast as there is nothing there.  0 for London and 17 for american.

I think they released it far to early.  Sure release it early to get photos but if you do that, you at least need ftp.  I uploaded a test image and it didn't pick up IPTC.

Royalty only 30%.  You set price at $1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and all sizes are sold at that price.  Subscription you get 30c.

Looks like they do keywording for you if you dont?

Also, what is with the name.  "Snap" to me means holiday snaps.  They should have tried to make it sould professional.

« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007, 02:29 »
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I have uploaded some test images too....mainly because it is such a big company. It is obviously work in progress. The site has a bit of a cheap feel about it and I am not sure what market they are aiming at. ftp isnt working yet and you can only upload 5 images at at time (and it dosent pick up any IPTC data)

I guess they will pull their finger out and sort out the issues. I am surprised they have release the site (even in beta form) so early in it development to the public. Will it challenge SS and IS...? I guess we sit back and watch them fight it out. The more competition that is out there surely the better it is for photographers/artist because there will be a point when the market will be saturated and they will have to add features to attract artist (pay for each photo you upload, offer higher commisions ....free cuddle for everyone)

« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2007, 02:35 »
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I can't see anyone taking this seriously.

From my brief 30 second tour it appears that they'll accept just about anything (as long as you upload no more than five at a time).


if you want to upload more than 5 at a time you can send a cd.  A bit of an old fashioned technique but actually i don't mind that as a start up sollution.  Uploading 1000's of images via ftp is pretty slow.  HOWEVER to do future uploads ftp should really have been there.

« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2007, 02:43 »
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and thanks for finding the site bryan and sorry, but i had to move it to it's own forum area. :)

I also reacted to the name as well.   Snap village sounds like everyone from the 'village' got together and shared their 'snaps'

Also, they are only open to customers from the United States, which is perhaps why they are not so concerned about getting as many international submitters as possible....... but still if that is the reason it is a bit weak...

« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2007, 02:46 »
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I've sent them my first five just to test it out.  It wouldn't read IPTC so my pictures don't have titles or keywords; I decided to leave those fields blank to see what happens......

« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2007, 02:50 »
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a little more research.

minimum payment is $10 and is automatic and comes no later than  45  :o days after the month end that it was due.

At the end of the year, all accounts are paid out even if they are under $10.. again with the 45 day wait period.  Not sure if this is just a safety for them and they will probably pay it out in a week, or if they will wait the 45 days before they send out payment.

« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2007, 02:56 »
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I've sent them my first five just to test it out.  It wouldn't read IPTC so my pictures don't have titles or keywords; I decided to leave those fields blank to see what happens......

what price did you set your images at?

« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2007, 02:57 »
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I uploaded some pics too, half of them didn't came through for whatever reason...

« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2007, 03:09 »
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I chose $5 for the initial images, simply bhecause the commission at $1.50 is roughly equal (or better) than I would get elsewhere.

Some of my images I will price much higher.

« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2007, 03:12 »
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I agree with sharply - the 'snap' factor is an unwelcome surprise.

On the other hand they have clearly already put decent money into developing the site, and given their resources I imagine they will likewise have a big budget for promotional activity.

I don't like 'snap' and everything that that suggests.  But on the other hand they are industry leaders and are not stupid.

« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2007, 03:16 »
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My mistake haven't seen the note. Images didn't came through, because at least one side has to have 2100 Pixels. I had 2000 X 2000
« Last Edit: June 25, 2007, 05:01 by Freezingpictures »

« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2007, 04:35 »
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a little more research.

minimum payment is $10 and is automatic and comes no later than  45  :o days after the month end that it was due.

At the end of the year, all accounts are paid out even if they are under $10.. again with the 45 day wait period.  Not sure if this is just a safety for them and they will probably pay it out in a week, or if they will wait the 45 days before they send out payment.
They payout on the last day of the following month, so if you have over $10 for June, they pay you on the last day of July.  I guess they have an extra 15 days (upto the 45) incase something goes wrong.  This is similar to 123rf(?) and I think it is ok.  One monthly billing run.  it would be better if it was before the 15 and more likely before the 5th like on SS but I have no issues.  At least it is published and certain.

I set my one photo at $5 - same price as most other sites for a full size.

With their $50 price, are they stealling LO mid stock idea??

Only alow US buyers?  is that true.  very limiting if that is the case, especally since all my photos are from Europe!

« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2007, 04:59 »
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I understood that for now it is only for the US, but I think they will change it in future

« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2007, 06:20 »
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I don't like this part, it looks like buyers get a very good extended license without us getting extra money

Olga

quote:

You hereby grant to SnapVillage B.V., during the term of this Agreement, a nonexclusive, royalty-free,
worldwide, transferable license to use, reproduce, publish, exhibit, perform, publicly display, distribute,
broadcast, transmit, create derivative works of, and license (with rights of further sublicense) the Content
in any manner and medium now existing or hereinafter created, for the following purposes: to (a) use,
reproduce, publish, exhibit, perform, publicly display, distribute, broadcast, transmit, create derivative
works of, and sublicense use of the Content uploaded to the Site in promotional print, digital, and online
materials and promotional products that promote the Content and/or the services of SnapVillage and its
affiliates in any and all formats or media (including without limitation online) that exist and are hereafter
devised; (b) rate, comment upon, and evaluate Content, (c) add or amend keywords, titles, descriptions
and metadata to Content to enhance the Users search experience, and (d) digitally watermark the
Content in both a visible and invisible manner. You further acknowledge and agree that SnapVillage and
Users may add tags and keywords to your Content, and add comments to the Content in accordance with
the SnapVillage User Agreement.


« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2007, 06:43 »
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"If you like, you can add titles, descriptions and searchable tags."

If I want? Ummmm.... From what I've heard, Corbis has never made a profit. Maybe this is why. And PayPal only? Maybe these guys should have done a tiny bit of research before they put this online. Even for a beta version, this is very, very primitive.

I did a search for "car", and all photos that have "car" as a part of one of the search words (like "carved" and "card") came up as well.

« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2007, 08:14 »
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Hmm,

I start to like this site, and one reason is the prices and second, in fact, you do not need to keyword your files, they do it for you! But you are allowed to.


And I found this in the FAQ:

"Can I create my own titles & keywords?
Sure! Youre welcome to upload titles and keywords, but you dont have to. We know that most of our photographers would rather be out taking pictures than sitting in front of a computer filing out forms so we are willing to do the work for you."

If every agency would do that.. we really would have more time for photography...
Massuploading will be available soon too aparently.

I also found a blog of them:
http://blog.snapvillage.com/

« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2007, 08:25 »
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Hmm,

I start to like this site, and one reason is the prices and second, in fact, you do not need to keyword your files, they do it for you! But you are allowed to.

In that case, it's very positive. I guess I should give it a try then  :)

« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2007, 09:06 »
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Highest downloads on an image i could find was 3....there was a number of image with downloads. Interesting to see where this one goes.

I suppose it is only in BETA and u get a lot of weird results in the search engine. But i suppose it has only been live for a day or so.

-Rossco

« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2007, 09:50 »
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I just don't get this... how will pricing your images higher drive customers to a new site, selling to the same audience with the same contributors ???

I chose $5 for the initial images, simply bhecause the commission at $1.50 is roughly equal (or better) than I would get elsewhere.

Some of my images I will price much higher.

« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2007, 09:51 »
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Seems that Corbis will sell also by subscriptions like SS, and at the same conditions (199$/month, max 25DL/Day).   And for these subscription sales, seller will receive 0.30$.

But what I appreciate is that you may "opt out" the subscription sales for each single photo you upload.

That means that if you set a price of say 5$ for a photo, you may also opt out for the subscription for that photo.

Claude


 

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