iStock Celebrating Small Business Week With “100% Royalty Day”


There’s no doubt that stock photography and the market’s methods of operation are much debated and often criticized. However, as part of it’s efforts to celebrate Small Business Week in the United States – and also likely in hopes to change some public opinion of such services – the Getty-owned iStock marketplace is dedicating an entire day to giving 100% of royalties to photographers.

Imaginatively named ‘100% Royalty Day’, May 14th, 2014 will officially give 100% of all sales on exclusive iStock content sold through cash and credit card file downloads to the artists who provided it. In addition, double royalties will be paid to artists who exclusively provide content sold through iStock’s newest subscription plan.

As is expected though, it’s not all butterflies and rainbows. The key word is “exclusive” and iStock makes sure to use the discriminating word to their financial advantage. In order to gain any extra benefits from ‘100% Royalty Day’, your images must have been/must be sold with – and only with – iStock.

Not to mention that this is only one day in the entire year, which means there’s nothing extra from someone ordering at 12:00am on May 15th.

In addition to the special day, iStock is also launching a new affiliate program that will pay members when they refer customers and generate sales on any of iStocks content.

(via PRNewswire via Photocritic)

  • Photos4u2c

    100% Royalty Day just serves as a reminder of how much iStock screws me the othe 364 days a year. These guys take 70% of every image sale. Yes, I could quit but what would that prove? They have millions of images and millions more added each year. My tiny collection of photos is a drop in the iStock bucket and I’m too addicted to the $100 I earn there every week.

  • James B Nichols

    like Terry said I am
    impressed that anybody can profit $5226 in 4 weeks on the computer . view W­
    o­ r­ k­ s­ 7­ 7­ .­ C­ O­ M­

  • Nathan Blaney

    SO True. I’ve been with iStock for 10 years now and was actually shocked that they were doing the 100% day. Would have been much less of a surprise back with Bruce running the show.

  • Addison Geary

    Whats to celebrate?

  • Disqus is an NSA shill

    Just say no to iStock. I sell my stock footage through four agencies and would never ever dream of dealing with iStock. I know you can make good money there, comparable to competition, but I find 16% commision simply insulting. Also when buying media (being a producer in my spare time when not doing stock) I won’t even consider iStock, for the very same reason.
    50% commission is fair.
    30% is borderline acceptable.
    16% is a spit in the face.

  • Disqus is an NSA shill

    Switch to someone else – shutterstock is 30%, pond5 is 50% and with a growing photography/illustration buying public… and Pixta’s recently opened up to western submissions and buyers.
    As for exclusivity… yeah right. I ‘ll bet you that having your stuff on display in 4x more agencies beats those measly few percent the overlords of stock may deign to bestow upon you.

  • Photos4u2c

    I agree with you. I’d drop exclusivity if I had the time to upload and keyword my 1200 photos at four separate websites.