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  1. Hey everyone! I am relatively new to Shutterstock and the world of stock photos generally, but no stranger to photography! I was just wondering if some of the community could help me with these questions I had: - Shutterstock royalties are 15 - 40%. What do you think is fair..? I would want at least 75% but the only place that offers this is Stocksy. - Do you (like I am planning to) use multiple stock photo platforms? What would make you go exclusive? - If you could sell the copyright to your photos for say $20 - $100 each (perhaps more) would you? I don't like the ide
  2. Hi All, Just wondering if anyone has heard of a seller called 'Gear New' on Amazon? I found some of my images being used on cushions and in the blurb they say "SUPPORT ARTISTS! This unique bath mat from Gear New features artwork from an independent artist and is made on demand once you order it. The sale is shared with the artist." ‚ÄčI have received NO royalties from them and I did not know they were there. So I wrote to them. I told them how much I loved their designs (specifically my own) and got a rather interesting reply: "All of our designs come from other artists from
  3. So i learned to draw a tree from someone on YouTube, then i draw my own tree with that technique and style. Is it safe from copyright infringement? please look at my screenshot (attached file)
  4. I want to publish my videos on YouTube to promote my videos and link them to my ShutterStock for sale. I was wondering what type of copyright should I use on YouTube to do that? Standard YouTube License or Creative Commons? Because our videos are royalty free, but at the same time when it is in YouTube they still haven't paid for that. I will share my videos on YouTube with ShutterStock or my watermark. But I don't know what happens when someone buy my footage and they use it on their own YouTube channel. Would YouTube consider that as a copyrighted content if I choose the Standard YouTub
  5. I just came across something pretty interesting: Yesterday, I did a reversed image search for one of my photos and it came up with *loads* of results. This sparked my interest, because this particular photo isn't exactly one of my top sellers, and I decided to further investigate. Said image is actually being used on - literally! - hundreds of websites and blogs (often as a website header or as the header of their contact form). As I had a closer look, I noticed that almost all of them were sites based on Wix templates - and Wix are (as we already know because of the footage sales for $1,
  6. So, I finally found one of my images being attractive enough to another SS contributor to steal it and reuse it. I suppose I could/should have posted this in the generic milestone thread. Original: New York, March 11, 2017: A pink car with Lyft logo is driving along 14th street in Manhattan. Lyft offers a convenient way to hire a ride using a smart phone. Used as background in a stolen image: Buenos Aires, Argentina; April 23, 2019: Lyft logo on phone with logo - image I wonder, do the taxis in Buenos Aires look the same or quite similar to NYC
  7. Hey guys! Im not sure if this is the place to ask this question (apologies for any inconvenience, I'm dead green about this whole thing), but I just had this tiny issue and wanted to know from you people, that if I really should (or its even required to) copyright my intellectual property first, before I go ahead and try and put my content on sale. And how should I go about doing that? Thats it for now, thanks in advance
  8. Hello there, I'm very new here and I have question to ask if someone could give me a tip. Here is my case. I bought many 3D models and I also created a 3ds max scene where all the 3d models will become isometrics. So my question is, can I sell only the isometric renders without breaking any term, conditions or copyright. I want to repeat myself, selling only the renders not the 3d model itself? Thank you very much and have a great time
  9. There is new search engine and after I click on my photo 2 identical images showed up with somebody other names. I can understand after 10 years here that people are STEALING other works but Shutterstock can not aproved them here!!! This is my photo https://www.shutterstock.com/pl/image-photo/marine-life-tropical-island-maldives-101748718 and some other guy from Serbia - Ristic Milos - THIEF.... https://www.shutterstock.com/pl/image-photo/fish-turtle-sand-1380438725?src=Tn4bEgG4JcnufNAsokeVjQ-1-8 and other - more colourfull - I belive that port is removed but phot
  10. Can anyone enlighten me as to why my own graphic containing my own photo of a vehicle with no logos or maker's marks visible gets rejected while there are plenty of similar photos showing logos and badges available on Shutterstock? I'm new to Shutterstock so clearly I'm missing something fundamental - just can't work out what it is! Thanks in advance.
  11. Hello there! I don't understand this rejection reason... This is my work created from scratch. Perhaps there are similar concept out there but this is not someone else's work - its mine so how this can "infringes on another person's intellectual property" ?!
  12. Now here's a twist: I uploaded a photo but accidentally included a copyright watermark, but it has been accepted. If I resubmit the new one it will be rejected because it's too similar to one already approved; I messaged my dilemma to SS and received the standard response as if the image has been rejected - was that helpful they ask? Er, no, try reading the question would be a good start. So, assuming the watermarked version will not get any downloads I guess my only option is to delete it and wait awhile before submitting the clean one. The joke is A***y approved it as well so same problem th
  13. Regarding U.S.A.-based contributors, was wondering how many of you register your images with the U.S. Copyright Office/Library of Congress. I'm asking in light of all of the theft that has been detected of late. If you do not register your images, is it something you simply opt not to do, or something you have considered and just have not done yet? If a stolen image is used in a product campaign or packaging, most photographers would opt to sue. As it stands, the law favors those whose images were registered at the time of the infringement, or within three months of first publication.
  14. Hi, newbie here! I hope you can answer me.. I've started taking some pictures and uploading them here and I know that you can't upload a picture of something with copyright, but I've seen a lot of good pictures of monuments like Sagada Familia, casa Batllo, tour Eiffel and more.. and supposedly this monuments you can't upload them here not on commercial and neither on editorial.. My question is that.. how to upload pictures of monuments and cities with copyright without being regected? Thank you!
  15. Hello. I received an email with compliance recently. Another shutterstock contributor accused me in stealing and selling her artwork. I am the sole creator and owner of all copyrights in every work in my portfolio so it isn't a problem for me to provide all needed information. I answered all questions and gave details about creating my illustration (including attached sketches as references) that's why it is a false accusation from another shutterstock contributor. Despite of this my portfolio was disabled and I still didn't receive any answer. All of my illustrations disap
  16. My photo of Berlin TV tower and St. Mary's church was rejected, although there are many pictures of these buildings already on ShutterStock and other stock photography agencies, for commercial use. It's unlikely that all of them have property releases, but if so, how do I obtain one? The reason for rejection: "Intellectual Property: Image potentially infringes on another person's intellectual property rights (e.g., image contains artwork, writing, sheet music, or objects protected by copyright)."
  17. So I was looking at illustrative editorial search results, specifically hand drawn sketches, and the results showed a lot of politicians, musicians, etc but the poses used are recognisable ones from original photographs by other people but with no property releases attached to the images. So, my question is, if you are creating an illustrative editorial hand drawn sketch of a famous person, is it permissible to use a famous photograph for "inspiration" to create a derivative work without infringing on the original photographer's copyright protection? If anyone can link to any articles, etc it
  18. Hello, illustrators. Etsy Problem again. Some people resell vector files (EPS etc) from microstocks. I already found several of my vector images. Take a look at those Etsy shops, maybe your vector illustrations are also there. https://www.etsy.com/shop/6DogArts?ref=l2-shopheader-name https://www.etsy.com/shop/DigitalPoliArt?ref=l2-shopheader-name https://www.etsy.com/shop/BKAWorkshop?ref=l2-shopheader-name https://www.etsy.com/shop/ALEXANDRARTES?ref=l2-shopheader-name None of microstocks' licenses allows to resell files, it's infringement. Let's find
  19. Hello Everyone sorry if I'm posting in wrong section as I'm new here i don't know where to post, my question is if i take photos of everyday people i need release for those pictures for example i go to market and ask shop keeper if i can take his photo in shop and tell them that i'll sell your photo on shutterstock and he agrees do i still need release from him ? thank you
  20. Hi guys. I accidentally found same picture in 2 different photographer's portfolio https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/pyramid-giza-egypt-797299771 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/beautiful-profile-great-sphinx-including-pyramids-102914510 What can we do?
  21. Hi guys, I have a problem when I export my photos..., exif data shows the name of the previous owner. So it looks like this: Author and copyright: my name Copyright notice: my name Owner: NOT my name Will that create a problem while uploading photos to shutterstock - will my photos be rejected? p.s. It's an old dslr so I haven't found out how to remove that from camera
  22. Hi everyone, got a question for you... I received a cold call from a Washington D.C. lawyer today regarding a couple of my images "that have been used repeatedly by apparel manufactures." Everything in my being says to ignore this guy as 1) It's a cold call. 2) He didn't call my business number - he called my home phone. 3) He has shown me the images in question, which certainly are two of my best sellers and as I sell them through multiple agencies I haven't a clue to whom or for what purpose they've been sold. Anyone have this happen to them? This is actually the 2nd "legal entity"
  23. Hello dear contributors, I have searched on the web, in the helpdesk of Shutterstock and in this forum but could not find a good way of how to find out if my images are stolen or not. For example: I have a specific image sold 6 times but it appears on 11 different websites. I know that I can use google images to re-find my images used on the web but how can I find out which of these images are licensed or not? I am pretty sure you have some methods that would be very helpful for a newbie like me. How do you deal with this? Best regards, Kors
  24. Dear fellow contributors, I frequently search for my own photo's on the internet and lately I retrieve my photographs more and more at websites that sell prints. Today this one for example: https://www.art.com/gallery/id--a28687/robin-nieuwenkamp-posters.htm Or this one: https://myloview.de/fototapete-gemeiner-schimpanse-wissenschaftlicher-name-pan-troglodytes-nr-6691AB9 The thing is, that most of these images have dominantly sold as subscriptions: the one showed here as an example only sold once as OD for 2,48 I am really eager to know how it is possible that SS buyer
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