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  • #25495
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    Dawn
    Keymaster

    Symzio Blog

    In tune with pushing forward with our marketing efforts, we have created an official Symzio Blog:

    http://www.symzio.com/blog/

    Not only will we be using the Symzio Blog as a means for communicating Symzio related news and announcements, we intend to make it a hub full of information that branches into many different interest areas connected to the microstock industry. Visitors are encouraged to subscribe and share blog posts through social media. It is yet another means of attracting traffic to Symzio.

     

    Editorial Media FAQ

    We have updated the Editorial Media FAQ’s for both customers and contributors.

    For contributors:

    http://www.symzio.com/support/contributors?editorial=1

    For customers:

    http://www.symzio.com/support?editorial=1

     

    Symzio search bar on Symbiostock

    As you may have noticed, we have added a unique search bar for Symzio on Symbiostock.org. This search bar permits anyone to quickly do a stock media search – try it out, it’s  easy and works seamlessly. Again, the idea is to bring traffic and exposure to Symzio. The more people see Symzio, the better.

     

    We firmly believe that it’ll be consistency and the culmination of numerous multi-faceted efforts that will bring us success. We are building a strong contributor base and many of you have been vigilantly promoting your independent sites and Symzio. Keep up all the great effort!

    #25514
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    George Sheldon
    Participant

    I like the Symzio Search Bar.  I’d like to add it to my website. Any thought of making the code available (with our referral number?) so we could add it?

    I’d rather a visitor to my site go to Symzio to search for an image than to go outside of our network.

     

    George

    #25515
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    steveh
    Participant

    Nice explanation about “editorial” although I’m not sure you are right about not using an editorial image on the front cover of a magazine. News magazines often have unflattering product or people photos on their front cover if they are reporting that product or person. The idea of “commercial” does not mean that you are planning to make money by selling your magazine – it is a commercial use if you are implying that the product supports your intent to sell your magazine. So a photo of a coca cola bottle on the front cover of a magazine announcing an article about the dangers of sugar in soft drinks would be editorial usage.

     

    #25517
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    George Sheldon
    Participant

    I tend to agree with Steve. You could certainly use an editorial image for editorial purposes on a publication. You must have the right (think copyright usage) to publish it, but if you obtained the right to do so (a license), you could publish it on the cover.

    You could editorially comment on Coca-cola, as Steve suggests. You need to be accurate, with what your are saying/reporting, lest you are likely to hear from Coke’s lawyers.

    But it is always up to the user to ascertain if they can use an image. Someone could license a “commercial” image and call the subject in the image a hooker or drug addict or whatever – just because there is a release doesn’t mean the publisher or user will get away with that usage. That’s why they would (or should) have an attorney review their material before publishing.

    Symzio and the content creator really can’t control how the purchaser will use an image, any more than Walmart can control how I use a kitchen knife after I purchase it. If I use to slice tomatoes, fine. If I use it to commit armed robberies, would Walmart or the knife manufacturer be held responsible?

    Commercial use means I could use the image for my own commercial purposes. A photo of a serene beach scene could be used to sell food or a vacation. Put an identifiable person it, well the publisher/user would need a release to use the image to sell something. A magazine could use the image – without a release – to editorialize on the use of a beach. If I call the image editorial, and license it for editorial use, someone using it for commercial use is on their own for improper usage claims.

    George

    #25545
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    Dawn
    Keymaster

    Thank you both for your feedback. We have simplified the wording for the customer faq.

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