Posted Sat Feb 2 6:07PM
I've deactivated a handful of files, as a symbolic 'shot over the bows' guesture, with a deactivation message (copied to Support) outlining my reasons for participating in this action.
It's great to see that - despite all the cynisism - contibutors here are able to work out and follow through with a good way to send a clear message to anybody at iStock/Getty who cares in the least about those who create the work that this company is in the business of selling.
I have files in both the Microsoft and Google give-aways, but for me this action is about a lot more than that.
I'm also keeping my best work back from all agencies until April at least, when I'll make a decision about whether or not I feel able to trust iStock to market and sell my work, or if my efforts would be better spent working with a more responsible and responsive organisation.
Posted Sat Feb 2 6:26PM
I've deactivated all but one. And I don't want that remaining file to be part of some future giveaway, so depending on what (if anything) is announced next week, I may close the account.
Posted Sun Feb 3 1:46AM
Deactivated 250 images. Depending on whether there is any real information and action in the Istock anouncement next week will decide what to do with the remainder.
Posted Sun Feb 3 2:11AM
And that's that. Feb 3.