Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013 8:25AM
Hi everyone, reading all the comments and articles about google/getty, Connect api, google image search and loosing control over how the files are distributed / stolen to partner sites, I am asking my self, how to stop it?
On one hand any new partner program is helping the contributors reach new customers, google search will help to get traffic to your pictures etc, but you loose control to whom it goes and where. It is clear that there is no chance in near future to control it completely as the internet and mobile is growing extremely fast.
So in this case, I see the only option, to go to your picture e.g. here in iStock, and you should be able to select, how the photo will be treated, separately.
- Do you want to have this photo in any partners program Yes/No
- Do you want to have it in Connect : Yes/No
- Do you want to have it in partner program xxxxxx: Yes/No
- Do you want to have this photo in google search: Yes/No
Kinda hard to implement I guess, but how else do you want to have your content to be controlled by you in the future?
Do you think something like this will be possible? Isn't this the right move that will show how much iStock is taking care about contributors, their work, their IP?
As I am total armature, selling only few photos, it is touching me really minimally, so please take it as a point to discussion :)
Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013 8:30AM
Thanks for your suggestions.
Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013 9:07AM
Thanks for moving it here to suggestions, kind of better place you are right.
One other thing, related to this topic. Imagine, that you will have lot of pictures in partner programs, and you will shoot one set, with great model, and you would really like to keep it exclusive. You opt out this set, and leave it only e.g. in Getty.
What it actually can create in the future is an environment, where if you look for normal photos for web etc. you know you can get it almost anywhere like thinkstock etc.
But if you want to have something special, you know you can get it e.g. only in Getty. This will redirect lot of traffic back to this site, and people will be aware that if they want something really special they go there.
It is something like exclusive program, but you decide what do you want to keep there. It also pushes contributors, to have it only here with one agency. And be aware that this is something extra.
ps. This idea reminds me on the talk with my girlfriend, we shot a great set with young model, but we didn't upload it to any stock agency, because from value point of view, I didn't feel comfortable to sell her great image, for $0,30. So if I want to sell it, I have to go to personal site or agency where I can set the price by my self. This is I think an area worth exploring by iStock.
Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 5:12AM
Just for the sake of clarity, exclusive iStock contributors can already choose to take part in the PP or not, and if they do, they can choose to opt in individual images, it's one of the perks of being exclusive.