Informative and disheartening at the same time…I didn’t realize copyright infringement and theft were that commonplace. And photo sites prefer no watermark/copyright on both free and paid submissions because it “discourages” interested buyers (and “freeloaders”) from wanting to use your image. I have recently become more active with submitting my photo images to microstock sites, armed with an iPhone camera roll that is virtually bursting at the seams with a whopping 56,000+ images!! Yikes! The joys and tribulations of being an obsessed iphoneographer who is also a perfectionist (aka “serial editor”), as well as a discombobulated mess when it comes to making choices between multiple photo versions and similar edits.
A big “Thank You” to Alex of brutallyhonestmicrostock.com for sharing this enlightening post! 🙏👍
During the last three weeks, I have spearheaded an ongoing anti-fraud campaign over at Shutterstock’s contributor forum, which has had some success, but still huge challenges lay ahead.
In this update, I’ll go through what’s gone right, what’s gone wrong and how I’ve identified some of the accounts so you can keep an eye out in case one of your images end up in the wrong hands. I’ll also discuss how “free sites” are contributing to a downfall in the industry.
Tip of the iceberg
According to Shutterstock’s latest Press Release, they boast 550,000 contributors and 225 million images. These are the KPIs that shareholders/stakeholders/investors analyse when making a decision on whether to invest on Shutterstock.
However, back on Planet Earth, and upon closer inspection, just how many of those accounts are fraudulent and just how…
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