The stock photography industry and its ecosystem has changed constantly and dramatically in the past years, both in image creation and clients’ approach to licensing images.  Thanks to digital cameras, the internet and our favorite keyboard actions ‘copy & paste’, a whole new crime scene has risen: unauthorized digital image use, or image piracy.

While adapting to market demands, age fotostock is very much aware of the illegal use of images online and we are trying to protect both our photographers rights and the respectful use of images worldwide. With this at heart, we have recently contracted the services of Picscout to help us find unauthorized or non-legitimate uses of our photographers images online.  We are able to do this with images submitted by our exclusive photographers only, as we have secure knowledge about their sales history in our records.

PicScout Tracker EtE offers a service that crawls commercial web sites looking for visual matches to content.  The image matches that they find might be cropped, colorized, flipped or otherwise manipulated in any way.  Their crawler will still find them and does every day.  Once they mine the data, they create cases which age fotostock staff review to determine if it is a proper use (licensed) or an unauthorized use.  Once staff determine that it's unauthorized or "non-legit", the License Compliance Service team (LCS team) acts on our behalf to track down and collect penalty fees from these infringers, which age fotostock then pays back to our photographers.

Since beginning to crawl for our exclusive images in the USA last month, Picscout have already found hundreds of potential instances of infringement.

It’s a really interesting process for staff here. Very few of the cases Picscout are finding are actually valid licenses. Most of the cases have been found in the murky depths of low budget web trash. Some are only low res thumbnail size. Some look like illegitimate reuses – 5 years later and our images are still online, although we haven’t had a report since 2009. Other cases appear to be more valid, with large clear images on a respectable website, yet we have no sales history for that image. What will be fascinating is discovering exactly how these companies obtained our images, which thieving tactics did they apply?! All will be revealed in the next few months as we follow the cases through. Stay tuned for the next blog…


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Indulge in your visually enriched home base. Find what you’re looking for with our organized and unique navigation layout, where you can navigate vertically to search for images by style and themed categories, and navigate horizontally to search by photographer, collection and type of content: image, video, vector & low budget.

 

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age fotostock launched a new look on our website this week! The site, http://www.agefotostock.com, has been designed by in-house age fotostock web designers and programmers in direct response to customer demand for an attractive website where themes, categories, collections and offers are easy to find. Along with the new look, we're introducing two new curated collections, ‘SnapMobileFoto’ and ‘Unconventional’.

Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock, comments, "We have researched the market and utilized the skills of our in house IT developers and designers to create a new look that is unique, smart and functional, presenting our great variety of content in an manner convenient for clients. We are pleased to offer two new creative and contemporary collections that embrace the growing changes in both visual culture and technology, Unconventional and SnapMobilePhoto. Both collections are increasingly rapidly with a wealth of fresh imagery."

Julieanne Eason, Content Manager, says, “The emphasis on showing our photographers work is an essential part of the age fotostock philosophy. The work of photographers is the basis of the visual culture that the Internet has introduced in our global society. New media has profoundly altered everything, from licensing models to rewarding creativity, and offers new possibilities that photographers need to assimilate. We are facilitating changes in order to present a world of possibilities in which visual creators continue to benefit.”

Some highlights of the new website are:

THE NEW HOME PAGE:

An organized and unique navigation layout, where clients can navigate vertically to search for images by style or themed categories, and navigate horizontally to search by photographer, collection and type of content: image, video, vector or low budget.

FOUR AGE FOTOSTOCK CURATED COLLECTIONS:

Inspiration - the simple produces the marvelous. More than 30.000 inspiring photos.

Unconventional - an offbeat perspective on everyday life. Over 28.000 creative images.

Snapmobilefoto - spontaneous, fresh and fast. More than 4.000 images in a rapidly growing new collection.

Premium - the best of the newest.

PHOTOGRAPHERS & COLLECTIONS GALLERIES:

All providers collections and photographers content are listed in visual galleries. Discover their work by browsing through their photos and reading their profiles.

We hope you like it!


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We're starting the year with gusto, bringing you exceptional portraits from our award winning photographer Ton Koene, a scenic gallery to whisk you away, and a collection of images concentrating on the good energy that we hope will last the whole year long.

We're wishing you all a very wonderful 2015.

 

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Throughout all the wonderful madness that this festive period brings, treasure the thought that it is a celebration of universal brotherhood, a sharing, loving, warm and caring time to spend with the people who mean the most to you.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

 

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