StockFreeImages Aims To Support Digital Advertisers And Protect Consumers

Posted on 5/15/2013 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

Dreamstime just released the following to the press cautioning image user to be careful about grabbing images off the Internet because they could be “violating someone’s copyright.” To aid users in protecting themselves Dreamstime offers a collection of images at

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  • Paul Melcher Posted May 22, 2013
    Fascinating. for multiple reasons:
    1) the complete lack of reaction of the industry. It used to be that those kind of sites would trigger an uproar. Here, it is only silence. I am assuming it has become so common, no one cares.
    2) the fact that a company whose core business is image licensing would cannibalize itself with a free offering.
    3) In order for this to work, and compete with a Google image search for example, the would need to do a lot of marketing ( and SEO). And in order to cover the cost of this marketing, they would need to convert a lot of the visitors to paying buyers. As much a $3 difference is not a barrier, going from zero to anything is a huge step.
    4) Handing out free images is not educating anyone. In fact, it is saying that other images should not be licensed for a fee.
    5) is this a desperate move ? after all, Dreamstime is being crushed buy Istock, Shutterstock and Fotolia.

    There are hundreds of similar free stock image sites so this experience is probably not going to achieve anything. Nevertheless, it is a surprising move from a company that used to be smarter than that.

  • Lynn Eskenazi Posted May 24, 2013
    I agree with Paul - I don't see how giving images away for free can help educate anyone - all it does it tell them images should be free and they will think all photos found on line are 'free' hurting all companies and photographers trying to license their images with more copyright infringements. How he thinks this helps his business is crazy.
    This will continue to hurt our industry big time!

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