Posted Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:11AM
I received the following message this morning:
We regret to inform you that image # 14873755- (Burghausen Germany (XXXL)) has been deactivated from the iStockphoto database of Royalty Free Images.
Reason for deactivation:
Castles in Europe
Imagery of castles in Europe that are identifiable require a property release in order to be sold under our RF license. This includes imagery taken from within the property, castles that are the main focus, gardens and other identifiable parts.
We are sorry, we can no longer offer this file for royalty-free commercial use and have therefore deactivated it from the collection.
Please note that imagery taken from outside European castles may be resubmitted for editorial licensing. Imagery taken from inside the castles, require consent for editorial.
Thank you for your understanding.
iStock Content Administrator
Um... wtf?? No prior notice? No chance to obtain the property release before deactivation!?!? No opportunity to add a caption and transfer to the editorial collection???
I have around 100 images containing European castles (mostly two or three castles in particular). It would not be too much trouble for me to either obtain a property release or to add captions and trasfer to editorial. However, instead of offering those options, iStock is just going to delete my images at will and leave the burden of work on me? Is this the treatment I should expect as an exclusive contributor?
Not to mention that broadly banning any image of any castle anywhere in Europe as ridiculous. Where the hell is the legal team that we're supposed to be so proud of as exclusive contributors? How about a little clarification? Maybe a list of castles that are off-limits instead of blindly deactivating all European castle images?
Posted Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:31AM
Get used to it.
I'ver had images deactivated after being on the site for years. Images that have been deactivated, then the criteria changed - though no re-activations, but new images on the same vein subsequently accepted.
It's iStock's ball and they'll do whatever they want to "protect" us. As much as we might feel that it's just a load of bollocks.
Posted Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:50AM
I've had some images culled for similar reasons in the past (cruise ship). Not sure I'll ever get used to their workflow though.
Just seems like it's in no one's interest to blindly remove photos. Wouldn't the site and the contributor both benefit from an easy transfer method from main collection to editorial? Or the chance to "temporarily deactivate" an image (think: "Pending approval") until we provide a property release or transfer to editorial.
Posted Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:04AM
These issues have been raised several times and having content deactivated for IP reasons is frustrating for many people. Sadly, the site has no mechanism to handle things differently. This isn't something that the forums can help to resolve. Please follow the suggestions provided in the email.