Many of you may be aware of the recent controversy that has come up regarding images provided via Google Drive. If you have not yet heard about this, please do some reading as the outcome may have wide reaching effects throughout the microstock community. In very quick summary, the situation involves numerous images that were licensed to Google by a stock agency. The images are now available to all Google Drive users for free with unlimited usage (commercial and non-commercial) on items created on Google Drive. Some of the images normally sell for several hundred dollars per download; contributors received a one time payment of either $6 or $12 per image in this deal. Many contributors fear that their images have been devalued, and that they will have trouble selling these images in the future now that they are freely available to anyone with a Google Drive account. Further, all meta data and attribution to the contributors has been stripped from the images, and many now appear to be "public domain" imagery.
If you are a photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, or a Google Drive user, you may find yourself affected by this situation at some point in the future. For more history and information, read Sean Locke's article on the situation. You can also follow ongoing discussions on the topic at the Microstock Group forums. There are numerous other articles appearing across the Internet.
It looks like Google Drive now has over 12,000 stock images. If you have images uploaded with any site owned by GI, you may want to search for your username and see if any of your images are included. I have no idea who is maintaining this site: Google Drive Stock Images
if anyone would like to read more about this,. here is a wonderful site with a lot of great feedback! so glad im not on that site... dreamstime, you are doing a lot of right things! thank you http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2013/01/16/********-hands-google-users-free-commercial-images-photographers-get-12/
I have images with ******** through Flickr but only one on the Google drive so far. I feel sorry for the photographers who's children family or friends images have been uploaded to this drive where anyone can download a high res image for free (11800 images and counting). Many photographers from ******** (owned by ********) are jumping ship to other agencies. Feb 2nd is deactivation date. It will be interesting to see what happens. Other than that there is nothing anyone can do.
If non-exclusive images are part of this Google drive deal, and the images sold to Google are on other sites such as Dreamstime, I would think that Dreamstime would be very concerned that images in their collection are now floating around as free images. Who would buy those images from Dreamstime when you can shop the image for free? Plus GI/IS have hinted that they are considering more "Deals" in the future. This may have some far reaching consequences.
Images seem to be from GI/IS/TS/Z/BI/JI/SXP/IMS/VS and so on! And they gave away what they do not own: the copyright belongs to the photographer! They only have the right to sell a license to use the image, not the rights of the image itself. They don’t care at all.
There are no RM images in the deal, only RF afaik. And when you are exclusive to DT it will not affect you (for now).
When you are independent and they don’t make this thing right, there’s only one way to protect your images from this: removing them all from GI/IS/TS and all agencies that are bought by GI.
But I don’t think the actions of individual photographers will make a difference to their behaviour. They are too big and have shown in the past that they laugh about contributors and their protest. Perhaps over a longer period of time when every photographer is leaving slowly. Some photographers are bound by hands and feet for now. This slowly leaving is already happening over the past two years....(More)
Get the word out to any photographer you know who has images on GI (can be via other agencies such as B1end 1mages, 1mage 3ource or V2tock, as examples) or on TS - and the Hemera collection is the old SXP content as well as IS 2oonar and others.
Groundhog Day is D-Day (for deactivation day) - see MSG for more.
The images need to be kept out of GI's hands as once licensed, getting them back from Google may be hard
“Controversy” seems a too weak word to me. With ******** Images/******** saying that they are planning more of these type of “deals” in the future! Where will this end when they are not stopped?
This way ******** Images has placed a bomb under the whole stock industry. Macro- as well as microstock. Everyone will perhaps be affected in the near future when they don’t stop this mess. Stockagencies as well as contributors. Every image from your portfolio added to this ‘public domain Google collection’ has become worthless.
There are images on the list from Yuri Arcurs, Andresr, Monkeybusiness and many other well known contributors. Macro- as well as Microstock. All high quality and added from different agencies. You can find links to the list on the MSG forum and see for yourself.
And the worst of all will perhaps be the fact that everyone now totally has loose controll about how these images are being used or manipulated. No model release will help here. Exclusive photographers...(More)
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