Google Drive and iStock Deal
I killed my iStock account a couple years ago, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t have problems. No, I’m not talking about falling sales. I’m also not talking about them paying independents less than 20% royalties. Nor am I talking about forcing contributors onto their partner programs. Any of those reasons would be enough for any sane contributor to pack up their bags and leave, but they pushed even farther with their newest “deal”. So, what is this deal? Basically, they are allowing Google to redistribute images from iStock for free through their Google Drive.
Well, it looks like this might be the straw that broke the camel’s back because contributors are up in arms. They are threatening to delete their accounts, images and probably more. You can read more about it on Warmpicture.com. You can also see contributor’s reactions on MSG.
All I can say is I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that mess.