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  •  We all love iStock BUT ... (21+ / 0-)

    there are rules about use. This is prohibited:

    Use that depicts personal endorsement by model

    See here.

    They are operating on a fine line here. I think I'll let the owners of the images know and they can decide if the images are being used correctly.

    Great catch. iStock images are ubiquitous. But, behind every one of those images is a designer or photographer who is trying to make a living from their creative. The most offensive thing to me is when they're not compensated correctly for their work.

    Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it. - Harry S Truman

    by parker parrot on Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 06:22:26 AM PDT

    •  Nice catch! (3+ / 0-)
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      trykindness, kurt, 1BQ

      I'll put that in the story up top.

      Oh, the hills are groaning with excess, like a table ceaselessly being set.

      by faithfull on Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 06:59:33 AM PDT

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    •  Bingo! (2+ / 0-)
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      faithfull, 1BQ

      Let us know what they say. If it's juicy, let Maddow and Olbermann know too.

      Daniel Patrick Moynihan: Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

      by bobinson on Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 08:22:57 AM PDT

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    •  supply and demand... (1+ / 0-)
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      figleef

      behind every one of those images is a designer or photographer who is trying to make a living from their creative. The most offensive thing to me is when they're not compensated correctly for their work.

      The sad reality is that digital cameras and cheap lighting mean that there are a hundred million amateur photographers in this country alone... many of whom are pleased to do it for free, and are happy if their work gets noticed, much less compensated.

      Just like blogs killed newspaper careers, digital cameras and photoshop will kill photography careers...

      •  Some careers killed, others born (1+ / 0-)
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        kurt

        These days cheap online stock sites like iStock are making money for many photographers (and illustrators.) Sure, these photographers aren't charging 10K for a shoot like they could in the old days, but the old days are gone and the new reality is here to stay. Any photographer that wants to make a living needs to adapt or find another profession. Harsh, I know, but I've been working in the biz since the late 80s and I've seen the changes in the industry first hand.

        Where I get cheesed off is when clients grab an image online through a Google search and think it's OK to use it in anything they want. I constantly have to give them the lecture about rights and usage (as well as size/resolution.)

        My hope is that more pro photographers will make their work available through sites like iStock, which will cause the median quality of images available online to go up and crap like you describe will get pushed out. In the end everyone wants a quality image for their project.

    •  Endorsement (2+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, 1BQ

      I suspect this isn't what they mean by "personal endorsement by model" since they also say above that they're happy to license these photos for use in advertisements and websites.

      Personal endorsement by model would be if, for example, the first photo had some text next to it saying something like:

      Jane Doe, Florist:
      "Not only does the electricity in my shop come from coal, but also the Bakelite vases I sell.  Thank you coal."

      Something fictitiously implying that the individual played by the model in the photograph personally approved and endorsed the message, as opposed to being a professional or semi-professional model merely posing for an interesting or useful photo.

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