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Copyright

GreameL (not verified) on Tue, 2008-06-03 10:39
I've been thinking about submitting some of my pictures for sale online, I was wondering if i would have to give up the copyright on the images if I sell them to a stock photo site. I don't have that many pictures that I want to sell.
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RE Copyright

Steve Gibson on Wed, 2008-06-04 00:35
Good question, especially with all this talk of 'selling images'. In fact, photographers do not sell their images on microstock sites at all, they 'license' them. This means that they retain the original copyright for themselves, and, depending on the agreement they enter into with a stock site they may or may not be able to continue selling the same image at other locations. Obviously once you uploaded an image and made it available for licensing then you have lost the exclusivity to it which can in some cases allow you to license it for a higher 'royalty' (license fee) for more on this read our post about licensing images  
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Cutcaster

Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 2008-06-04 11:01
Has anyone else had problems with cutcaster loosing their images?
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cutcaster uploads

Steve Gibson on Tue, 2008-10-14 07:47
There was a problem a while back that was resolved without image loss. Over the past few months the site has been running well from what I can see. I have recieved my first sales through cutcaster, but as yet nothing to sing and dance about.
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Sales via Adsense!?

kimbetbaby (not verified) on Wed, 2009-06-10 21:21
I have resently found a small stock agency called freerangestock. You upload your pictures and you get paid via Google Adsense program. Freerangestock does not pay out directly. I have a small amount of pictures there, just to see what happens...however after a month nothing... does anybody have experience with this type of business?
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Adsense

Steve Gibson on Thu, 2009-06-18 11:09

I'm not a freerangestock member, but  I do run a couple of websites that rely on adsense to earn money. It all depends on how the ads are placed, the number of visitors and the 'value' of those visitors/subject of the page. You can make money with such a business plan, but I have not joined freerangestock to see how the results go as I know for myself you need a LOT of images/pageviews/visitors to make a small amount of money, a few hundred weekly views of one of your images on a page with some adsense ads on it will, if you are lucky earn you a few cents each week.

The images are not being sold, they are given away, and this attracts visitors to the site who in turn click on the ads presented if they see something they are interested in.

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Adsense

kimbetbaby (not verified) on Fri, 2009-07-03 10:27
Steve, I think you are right there about adsense. You seem to need a serious amount of pictures and or exposure (a bigger website with more picture downloads/exposure would do the trick...?!) Freerangestock is still to small to give any serious click/pageviews. I'll wait and hope they will get bigger...
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Microstocksolutions

Mark Milstein (not verified) on Fri, 2009-10-02 16:43
Hi, This is Mark Milstein, the founder of Microstocksolutions and Northfoto www.northfoto.com I would love it if you could give us a mention on your site in advance of UGCX and PhotoPlus in New York the third week of October. We will be there talking to everyone in the microstock world about the benefits of Microstocksolutions, handing out brochures and giving agencies more reasons to come work with us and see their profits soar. Thanks for any help you can give us. Best, Mark Milstein
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Services

Steve Gibson on Fri, 2009-10-02 23:04

Hi Mark, sounds like a useful service, but aimed at the agnecies not the microstock contributors? yes? Have fun at UGCX, I was at the last one but sadly can't make it to this one.

Steve

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Microstocksolutions

Mark Milstein (not verified) on Sat, 2009-10-03 15:47
Hi Steve, Yes, Microstocksolutions is aimed at the agencies. We currently serve a small number of major players, providing image reviewing, image editing and keywording services. Our center in Bucharest, Romania, is blocks away from Dreamstime. This part of Europe is quickly becoming a magnet for all things microstock, and the synergy is fantastic. Lots of very talented microstock professionals providing the backend wherewithall for this industry. Best, Mark Milstein
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Best selling image results

Milan Fras (not verified) on Mon, 2012-09-24 07:45
do microstock sites fake their most downloaded image results (maybe to fool the competitors)? i've found a photo on a microstock site that was among 30 weekly best sellers, but it had a total of only 2 downloads - ever. now, what does that mean? or is it possible that a newly uploaded image manages into the weekly top sellers, thus surpassing similar and older images? how many images do they sell at all, if an image gets into the weekly top 30 with just 2 downloads? there's another reason why i ask this: same photos and illustrations appear again and again in the most downloaded results. i mean a bunch of them, not just a few. thanks anyway.
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Sales Volume

Steve Gibson on Thu, 2012-09-27 23:36

It probably means that site is not selling many images. I remember seeing some top selling lists on the small agencies a few years back, they were very enlightening - top selling image had only sold a few times = agency has no customers.

Its possible some agencies filter their top sellers to remove certain images, but I think for the biggest agencies the results look as i'd expect to see them. They tell everyone not to upload flowers and then display images of flowers in their top spots, fairly sure that if they were massaging things then those flower images would not be there!

 

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Symbiostock and Marketing

grsphoto (not verified) on Thu, 2013-07-11 03:03
I was wondering if you had any comments about Symbiostock (symbiostock.com) and what it may do to the future of selling stock. As well do you have any suggestions as how to market our symbiostock Sites?
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Symbiostock

Steve Gibson on Sun, 2013-07-14 14:14

I've never actually installed symbiostock to try it out, but I think that the search results page is a genius idea. how it works in reality e.g. do you just hemorrhage traffic to other sites or do you get back what you give i'm not 100% on how that works in the 'network', specifically if your images are of a tight niche

(my thoughts on using wordpress to manage content, quality of the search and results browsing, plus whether or not it's a good idea to sell direct might not be so positive)

in terms of marketing your own work and your website have a look at http://microstockinsider.com/guides/microstock-photographers-marketing-g...


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