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Aerial View Of Landscape – Cloudy Grand Canyon

In 2010, my husband and I have been on a USA vacation and shot gazillions of photos of the Grand Canyon. Back then, we cursed the rather bad weather with lots of clouds and even hail and snow. Now with stock photography in mind, we do have rather rare shots compared to all the “good weather photography” that you usually find on the net.

If you are interested in these beautiful weather conditions, please check out my portfolio on Getty Images:

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/search/stack/753233242?assettype=image

https://www.gettyimages.com/search/stack/787625160?assettype=image

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Over two years ago, I already came across Houzz as a neat alternative to Wanelo and Polyvore. Houzz is all about decorating your home and finding inspiration and experts. It lets you add your online finds and therefore you – as a print-on-demand designer – can add your own products to boards hoping people will buy them.

I totally forgot about their service due to lack of time but got a newsletter very recently. I logged in and found my account right away.

Adding products is easy, you can create many boards for specific topics and design ideas and the best part: It does have country pages, e.g. houzz.de in German for German users. So you can add products with German description to target German users, for example.

Why not check it out and follow each other? 🙂

My international profile can be found here: https://www.houzz.com/user/stine1online

My German profile (same boards) can be found here: https://www.houzz.de/user/stine1online

And for everyone who LOVES bookmarklets as much as I do, here it is: https://www.houzz.com/bookmarklet

Why not check out one of my idea books aka boards? Purple Home Decor

So I have joined EyeEm one year ago, in order to start a new adventure in trying to sell stock photos. With gazillions of vacation photos on our own media server at home (99% shot by my husband) and very limited time on my hands for adding new designs to my various print-on-demand shops, this had seemed like an easy endeavour.

stine1online stock photography on EyeEm

stine1online stock photography on EyeEm

And yes, it was. EyeEm makes it super easy to upload and tag your photos since they do recognize what’s the topic of your photo and suggest suitable tags. It’s a recent feature for the app version, I am using the computer version most of the time – because that’s where I have easier access to our photos.

Almost all of my uploads also add their geo tags which is important for potential customers. Also, of over 3,000 uploaded photos, more than 2,000 have been accepted into the EyeEm Marketplace. Of these, almost 500 were accepted for premium and almost 250 are actually already live on Getty Images. Other photographers do have a better ratio but I am happy about it since I usually upload almost all photos from a topic. I only weed out the ones that were a mistake, e.g. when feet or other things were cut of. Hubby tends to do that, you might say he has a thing for cutting off feet 😉

What I also like about EyeEm is the fact that you can upload photos without the intention of adding them to the market. I did this with my digital altered photos of the Santa Monica Pier. Why? Because I do have all EyeEm uploads imported into Copytrack in order to find illegal copies of my works. That way, I do get an overview of what copycats do with my work.

And my sales? I had 3 sales within my first year. Not too bad for the first year, especially since adding photos to Getty seems to take ages. All three sales had been through the Premium Collection on Getty Images and earned me a total of $15.00:

Latest sale on EyeEm

Latest sale on EyeEm

First two Sales on EyeEm

First two Sales on EyeEm

RIP Polyvore

So I thought that would be a belated April’s Fool joke but no – Polyvore has shut down without any prior notice. It is redirecting to shopping website Ssense now, our fashion sets are no longer working aka directing to our products. You can read all the details here in an article on Techcrunch and honestly… THIS SUCKS BIG TIME!

Polyvore is not making Ssense to me!

Ever since I had encountered Polyvore, it was an easy way to fill my blog. I will have to find something else. With two toddlers around the house, I do not have much online time on my hands. That’s the reason why this blog has not been updated in such a long time but this has to change. I will also weed through all my blog posts and delete the ones with Polyvore sets in them because I do not want to grant Ssense so many backlinks and potential customers. This has been a very hostile behaviour and I will not tolerate this.

I will fill this blog with different topics, stock photography being one of the most recent ones. Be prepared 🙂

About three weeks ago, I have started a new journey or rather adventure into the stock photo market and stock photography. After a few years with little sales on Fotolia (I have earned only about $30 with them, which is not even enough for one payout!!!), I have encountered EyeEm. EyeEm does have the huge advantage that there is no cashout limit. You can cashout with Paypal after every sale if you wish to do so. That is perfect for me, since I do not really expect many sales but a few extra bucks – or Euros – would be nice.

Uploading photos to EyeEm is very fast and super practical since the uploader does recognise the subject of the photo and suggest suitable tags. VERY HANDY!

After only three weeks, a few of my photos are already on the EyeEm Market. If they get selected for Premium, it will mean they are also available on bigger stock portfolios like Getty Images. This of course would be awesome since Getty is very strict.

If you would like to connect on EyeEm, please do not hesitate to get in touch and follow me. I usually follow back 🙂

 

Unbelievable… after copycats still stealing our designs from Society6, Cafepress and Zazzle the next can of worms has just been opened! Are you a designer/artist on Design by Humans (DBH)? Then you should definitely check out these Society6 members and “their” designs since they have stolen images right off DBH!

https://society6.com/search/prints?q=DBH+artist

I have just searched through one user (Isabeli) and clicked through over 80 pages of stolen and copied designs to find mine. And I have reported them to Society6, maybe you would like to do the same?

Here is the link to Society6’s contact page:

https://help.society6.com/hc/en-us/categories/200300807-I-m-an-Artist

I have chosen “Intellectual property concerns” and here is the message I have sent to Society6 so that you can use it as an example hoping to make it easier for you, especially when you are not good in English:

 

Dear Society6 Team,

I have been notified of other artists that the artwork we have uploaded to designbyhumans.com (DBH) has been stolen and uploaded to Society6 to several accounts.
Please take a look at my DBH profile and then find all artwork uploaded by Society6 user “Isabeli” as direct links. I request that you remove his/her account immediately. I will also send this message to DBH.

My profile with my artwork on DBH:
http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/stine1online

My profile with my artwork on Society6:
https://society6.com/stine1

Copies by Isabeli:

https://society6.com/product/blue-wormhole-in-spac_print#s6-6190177p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/santa-monica-pier-pop_print#s6-6194315p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/ghostly-green-santa-m_print#s6-6194299p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/chichen-itza-temple-o_print#s6-6191658p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/abstract-rainbow-palm_print#s6-6215856p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/blue-seattle-space-ne_print#s6-6215632p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/sparkling-grey-santa_print#s6-6213051p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/blue-and-turquoise-ic_print#s6-6212160p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/isla-saona-caribbean_print#s6-6211259p4a1v45

Please note that Isabeli is not the only one stealing our work, here you can find all infringing accounts:
https://society6.com/search/prints?q=DBH+artist

I surely hope that Society6 will do something about this case of copyright infringement. DBH is informed and they say that they have also contacted Society6 on this topic and are waiting on a reply. I will try to keep you posted here, too!

Are you a designer on Zazzle, Society6, Cafepress oder other print on demand shops and a victom of blatant (mostly Chinese) copycat who sell cheap items with your original designs on Amazon? Many of us are affected, if not most. It happens with our most popular designs and our least popular designs alike. Anyone can be their victim and Amazon does little to help us.

Society6 and Cafepress do nothing to help us either. As far as I know, Zazzle (as of now) is the only site that really cares and tries to help their designers. They have understood that these cheap copies also hurt Zazzle’s reputation and earnings. We are not alone in this! Zazzle has even managed to make the process of reporting copies a bit easier for us, there is no need to repeatedly fill out Amazon.com’s online form!

I am writing this blog post as some kind of manual on how to find copies, how to report copies and what else there is you can do to fight back. Be warned, it will be tedious and annoying. You might even cry because it seems to be impossible to solve this but remember: The worst is to not even try it.

Please note that this “easy” process does only work with Amazon.com and there will also be copies on Amazon’s country pages (like Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and so on) that will NOT be removed via email. You will still need to hunt them down separately since they do have their own product numbers (ASIN) and you will need to fill out the online form for the respective country page. This might be a separate blog post in the future. Let’s concentrate on Amazon.com first.

How to find copies of my work?

Whether it will be easy to find your work or not depends on the amount of designs you have published online on sites like Zazzle, Society6 and Cafepress. Simply go to Amazon.com and search for titles or as unique keywords as you can imagine. I myself like to open my Society6 profile and then copy and paste each and every title of my designs from Society6 to Amazon – one by one – until I find something. This is tedious and works best when you are using the same titles on all pod websites. You could also concentrate on your 10 most popular designs on Society6 and Zazzle but then you might miss out a design. I have one design that I have never sold on Zazzle or Society6 but it keeps popping up on Amazon so you can never know what copycats like and sell.

Let’s take a look at a very popular example that keeps popping up every few weeks, the title on all pod websites is “Scenic Caribbean Photo Collage”:

Stolen Design on Amazon

It is incredibly popular as pillow and smartphone case 😦 Before reporting the item you need to make sure it is a copy and not some reseller or official Amazon Marketplace account like Society6 has one. Official resellers do mention your artist name in the description or title and so does Society6. Looking at this example screenshot there is no mentioning of my artist name anywhere.

2. Have proof about your ownership

You need to have the links to your original work handy, it does not matter whether it is a product page from Zazzle or Society6 and to the piece on an online portfolio. The only thing I do make sure is that my user name is matching or similar on all proof links and I do mention this user name in my email.

3. Prepare and send email

Start a new email to “notice@amazon.com” with the subject “Zazzle Image Report”. The subject is very important. If you don’t use it, Amazon might not read your email since they usually do not accept copyright infringement reports via email!

You also need to find the ASIN from the product you want removed, it’s Amazon’s unique product number. Scroll down on the Amazon page until you get to a box with addition product info like this, which also includes the ASIN:

ASIN

Use the following template exactly as it is and replace the text in [brackets] with your info:

Dear Amazon,

I am a Zazzle and Society6 designer.

My name is [Full Name, not Artist Name].

Amazon can contact me via email at [Your Email Adress].

I understand that Amazon may share my name and my email with third-party
sellers on Amazon who posted the content I want removed.

My Copyrights: I am the owner of the following copyrights which I believe
are being infringed by listings on Amazon:
[Link to your matching Product e.g. on Zazzle on Society6]

Content on Amazon I want removed: I believe the following content on Amazon
infringes my copyright(s):
[B01K1KLE1M]

I have a good faith belief that the content(s) described above violate(s)
my rights described above, and that the use of such content(s) is contrary
to law.

I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information contained in this
notification is correct and accurate and that I am the owner or agent of
the owner of the rights described above.

Signed,

[Your Name]
[Your Artist Name – optional]

It is important that you send out one email per design, not one email with several not matching designs.

Possible: Design 1 has been copied on a pillow and on a phone case. Report it in one email with the ASIN for the pillow and the ASIN for the phone case.

Not possible: Design 1 and 2 have been copied on pillows. Do NOT report them together in one email!

Send the email and Amazon will usually reply within a few days and have the product removed.

4. Repeat

As already mentioned, be prepared to copies popping up again and again and again. The only good thing is that when you encounter a product you had already reported before, simply search for its ASIN in your emails and copy the text including the proof links into a new report email. That way you do not have to create it all from scratch. And after a few weeks doing this, you will know what titles to search for. This will also save some time *sigh*

 

I have been extremely inactive on both Printalloverme (PAOM) and CowCow in over one year and now I would like to make it official: I owe to not add any new designs to these two print-on-demand websites anymore.

The reason is probably pretty understandable: Sales and earnings are not worth it. Period.

While the number of sales on CowCow is still ok (some months I have 20, some months I have 0), the earnings are cents.

On PAOM, I have one sale every few months. Given their really TEDIOUS process of cerating new products, it is simply horrible.

My already designed products will stay online, so will my shops and accounts. I will even try to integrate them into my Polyvore sets where suitable but do not expect new things to arrive.

How are these two sites working for you?

I usually do not share anymore what I have sold on various print-on-demand websites but last night’s Zazzle sales made me happy. Someone is obviously planning a Santa Monica Pier themed birthday party 🙂

Happy Birthday Party - Santa Monica Pier themed

 

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Zazzle has started an online survey where you as a Zazzle seller can report counterfeit Amazon Marketplace listings with your stolen designs!

Please help Zazzle providing them the info they need. And please note, that submitting these links to fake products is NOT a substitute for reporting them on Amazon. Zazzle is currently collection information and hopefully plotting a plan to help and support us!

Here is the link to their form:

https://www.research.net/r/KFWJL6Y

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