Posted Wed May 14, 2008 10:04AM
Firstly welcome to iStockaudio. We use this forum to discuss all things specifically related to audio here at iStock. This is a great place to share ideas, raise audio specific concerns and generally just get to know your community here at iStock. We look forward to hearing your work and getting to know you in part through these forums.
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Posted Wed May 14, 2008 10:30AM
If you are looking for answers to you audio questions you can also take a look at the mighty audio FAQ. Located here
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Posted Wed May 14, 2008 12:17PM
If you are looking to get ahold of us regarding issues surrounding your portfolio or site performance your best solution is to create a support ticket at http://www.istockphoto.com/contact_ticket.php
If you have an issue with a file that you feel was incorrectly priced or inspected you can either create a Scout ticket or you can forward a request for re-evaluation of your file by sending an email to email@example.com
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Posted Wed May 14, 2008 5:45PM
We cannot allow members of Performing Rights Organizations to contribute audio into the iStockaudio collection.
While there are some PRO's (Performing Rights Organizations) that will allow you to choose which works that they will or won't collect royalties for, this may not be the case if your audio files are sold outside of the country native to that particular PRO. We cannot control how PRO's are governed in different countries nor can we choose which countries our buyers purchase from. As a result to truly offer a Royalty Free product we cannot accept content aligned with any Performing Rights Organization.
We do however strongly suggest that PRO members apply to contribute to our sister site pumpaudio.com. Pumpaudio's site is based on right managed audio and can accept members of Performing Rights Organizations. Persons wishing to apply to pumpaudio can go to artist.pumpaudio.com to apply.
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Posted Fri May 16, 2008 2:38AM
Another aspect of providing a truly Royalty Free audio product is that all rights to a musical track are in one place. As a result we require a Talent release to accompany every file submitted here at iStock. This is unique to iStock and can be cumbersome when first going through the process but the legal upside that protects iStockaudio contributors and the company itself is worth this extra step.
Talent releases can be found here
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Posted Mon May 26, 2008 12:00PM
So if you find yourself in a situation where you have a great aif, apple lossless, or another lossless audio format. Here is a quick and simple way to make a high quality conversion to the .wav format for upload onto iStockaudio.
1 - Open up iTunes (PC or MAC)
2 - Open up the iTunes preferences
3 - Click advanced, then the importing tab
4 - Change the "Import Using" setting to WAV encoder
5 - Close your preferences and then select the song you wish to convert.
6 - Right Click the song selection or under the advanced tab select "Convert Selection to WAV"
Posted Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:37AM
While we strive to price our audio files properly there are times where errors can be made, or where the audio file could work in multiple pricing categories. In these cases please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the file number of the effected file. These pieces will then be reviewed again.
Please do not contact the audio team for pricing issues any other way than by using this email. This will ensure your appeal requests are heard and not lost in another support system.
In regards to how we price audio there are 5 categories:
2 cr = Basic - sound effects, most environment recordings, drum beats, simple musical elements
5 cr = Moderate - Longer more complex sound effects, musical loops, stingers,bumpers,transitions
10 cr= Detailed - Longer more complex musical loops, soundscape
15 cr = Complex - Short full musical compositions
25 cr = Elaborate - full musical compositions, detailed instrumentation and arrangement.
Please remember that we are trying to price audio files in such a way that will garner the most possible credits for you the contributer. There are many criteria used in determining the pricing category of an audio file such as:
• Instrumentation (quality of instruments used)
• mix quality
• master quality
• quality of recording gear
• quality of instrumental performance
• potential uses for the audio file
• length of file
• uniqueness of audio
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Posted Tue Feb 3, 2009 10:30AM
Audio Exclusivity - The requirements:
We have decided for many reasons that audio exclusivity can not be open to anyone with audio files on iStock. With that said we do want to ensure that ataining exclusivity with iStockaudio is easy, and that contributors can gain exclusivity well before reaching a higher royalty percentage.
So for audio to qualify for exclusivity a contributor will need 10 downloads. There will be no other requirements.
Posted Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:38AM
Keywording audio can be a difficult process as it is a little different process than it is for imagery. To get yourself started answer these questions and you will have a great start on your keywords.
• Is this audio file "Music" or a "Sound Effect"?
• Is this file a "Voiceover"?
• Is the file "loopable"?
• What Genre (max 2-3) is this file? - Music files only ("Rock and Roll", "Jazz")
• What is the Mood (max 3-4) of the FIle? - Music FIles Only, ("cheerful", "passionate", "simple")
• What environment would this be hear in, or was it recorded in? ("church", "rainforest")
• What is the MAIN (max 3-4) musical instrumentation? ("guitar", "drums", "bass")
• What are the prevalent technical aspects of the file ("reverberation", "delay", "compressor")
Posted Wed May 18, 2011 3:11PM
Posted Tue Sep 8, 2009 11:20AM
The audio forums have seen many questions about PROs, the purpose of this thread is to inform you the contributor and you the buyer about the world of audio royalties, specifically Performance royalties.
While this thread is locked, please do not hesitate to site-mail me if your questions are not answered or if this thread produces more questions. We will be sure to update this thread as new information becomes available.
Just for clarification - What is a PRO? PRO stands for performance royalty organization, these organizations are sometimes referred to as Performance royalty societies.
No contributors of iStock standard audio are permitted to be a part of a PRO/PRS anywhere in the world. This includes musicians that perform, write or produce part of a track.
The talent release makes a legal claim that NO persons involved on a track are part of a PRO anywhere in the world.
Posted Tue Sep 8, 2009 11:23AM
There is only one way that a person can belong to a PRO (including PUMP) and sell RF worldwide. That would be if the individual contacted every PRO worldwide and asked if they could have their music be exempt from Royalties. PRO's do have this option called direct licensing but this contract needs to be made with each individual PRO with each individual artist.
We know of cases (within the Getty family) where an American ASCAP artist has stated they do not want royalties for a particular track. Then when that track is purchased in another country that country has stated that royalties will be collected on ANY artist that is a member of a PRO unless they sign a direct license contract with their PRO. Even though ASCAP states that direct licensing a composition will prevent royalties from being collected on a track, many PRO's will not honor a foreign direct license contract.
What does this mean for us? it means that the Performance royalty system is complicated and plagued with inconsistencies. Therefore the only way a PRO member can submit to istock is to contact every known PRO and sign a contract that prevents each PRO from collecting on your music. We can not do this for you, it is something that each individual needs to do on their own. After this is done proof of contracts with all of these PROs should be submitted to iStock.
One more thing to note is that what we are doing here at iStock is very new, and there are many people (including some entertainment lawyers) who believe that it is possible to direct license world wide. Please trust us when we say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to direct license worldwide, without going throughout the above procedure. We have first hand experience, and have legal representatives in many countries that have been working on this problem for a significant amount of time.
Why not PUMP - It is important to note that every song Pump accepts into their collection is given to a PRO to track (I believe ASCAP). By doing this Pump associates the artist with a PRO and any artist associated with a PRO will have royalties collected on their works in any country outside of the USA. Why does Pump do this? Pump does this because in the agreement that you make with them they will be considered co-publishers of your audio. Performance royalties have two parts - 1 part that is paid to the artist and 1 part that is paid to the Publisher. Pump collects 50% of the Publishers feel and the remaining 50% goes to the artist (a bonus for most artists). It therefore is in Pumps interest to ensure that their members music is collected on by a PRO. Due to this relationship may PRO's will assume that the artist is a member of the PRO, even if that member did not sign a contract.
What if I have been accepted to Pump already - If you have, Submitted your application, had your application approved, or already have tracks for sale by Pump then you are safe - you can continue with your Pump relationship. The reason why this is okay is that you the artist are not signing a contract with ASCAP but have a relationship with them through Pump alone. Legally this should not make your iStock tracks subject to collection by a PRO, but the simple association will provoke some countries to collect. While we can deal with a few PRO battles it is impossible for us to deal with the prospect of every European customer being wrongly collected on, and then having to protect each of our buyers and contributors for every sale. While we would love to do this for every user the problem is that it would cost many more dollars to defend our position than the tracks would be able to generate.
PRO members can contribute Sound Effects to iStockaudio, provided that they sign a SFX addendum contract which will enable the contributor to only upload SFX files. If you are interested in this please email us at email@example.com
Posted Tue Feb 17 11:20AM
I am a member of a PRO and have a SFX only contract.
I have been uploading sound effects and have been very conservative in choosing them... car sounds, voice, etc.
But I have been wondering where the line is as to what is a musical work... Could I upload straight drum loops since in general they are used as part of something else after? Or would they be considered musical?
And what about another loop (like a bass line)?
Just want to make sure I'm not refraining from uploading things I could be putting up there because I'm too careful haha
Unfortunately anything with a recognized note or rhythm structure can not be uploaded, by SFX only contributors.
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