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Opinions wanted : Stipple

Looking to get feedback / opinions on Stipple.
PDN wrote about it last week here : http://pdnpulse.com/2012/07/stipples-free-image-tagging-platform-aims-to-solve-image-attribution-problem.html
and I would love to hear what the professional photography community thinks about it .
It is free to sign up and use so go ahead and try it at your leisure. I can also get you invites if you don’t want to wait. just PM me.
( full disclosure : I work at Stipple)

Paul M

by Paul Melcher at 2012-08-06 20:22:36 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

OK I just had a quick look and all I can say is I wish I had this facility a year ago. I am currently fighting with Kosciuszko National Park and Tourism Snowy Mountains over a breach of contract and copyright abuse. These guys used one of my photos on a brochure which was in direct breach of a contract I had with TSM. They are now saying they never received an ‘executed’ contract from me. They are lying of course though they do admit fault but my solicitor is reluctant to pursue them in court as it is going to be expensive and I am as always broke (but more so than ever before because I am in massive debt)

I know its really early days but would Stipple be able to be used in a legal proceeding do you think? I mean if I supply content to a client can you put contract terms into the information? Can you pursue copyright breach by using this application?

Photographs being stolen by companies and corporations is one of the chief evils of the internet. Holding them accountable is really difficult and expensive. If I can use Stipple to outline usage in my photographs and to actually somehow or other enforce users to pay if they get out there into the wild then that would be a dream come true.

From your demonstration (Sarah, Phil and whoever) you don’t mention this specific type of use. But if it is set up this way I can almost guarantee every photographer on the planet will want to get the app. Meaning loads of revenue for you guys eventually as well.

Can you explain this a bit better perhaps?

by lisa hogben | 06 Aug 2012 22:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→

thanks for the feedback. While you can easily track usage with Stipple, it is not made to pursue copyright infringement as described in your example. It is a great tool, however, to prevent and to monetize image sharing ( which is rampant these days, as you well know).

Since stippled images ( images with tags) are made to be shared, it is better that you link them to your licensing website for those clients who do not want the tags but still want to use your images. There, you can specify the terms.

It is best understood if you play around with Stipple for a bit.

If you send me an email at paul (at) stipple.com , I can send you an invite


Paul M

by Paul Melcher | 06 Aug 2012 22:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Can you not put copyright and usage information into a tag?

Professionally then how much use is this application for someone who makes their living from licensing images? How do you suggest Stipple can be used to monetize photographs if all that happens with Stipple is that you share the images with other people and tell them who you are? There are billions of photographers out there that can do that and billions of ways…

What we need is an application that forces the user into a small payment for the image use and protection of the license for usage…Is there anyway to set that up?

Just asking the obvious questions Paul… LS is afterall a community of photographers who earn their living from selling the usage of their photos.. How can Stipple help us make money if we can’t protect our copyright and get a payment for each share?

by lisa hogben | 06 Aug 2012 23:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Stipple does protect your copyright and get you revenue . The attribution tool allows you to have your information travel with your images and the tags allow you to monetize them. For example, the tags could lead to photo books they are selling, or prints. Or, they can have tags related to the product or services included in their images. Or if they shoot for an NGO, it could have a tag on where to donate money. There are many, many ways to generate revenue with Stipple.

So, instead of licensing an image once for a minimal fee, its payment is triggered by the amount of views it receives.
Furthermore, you can add tags to enhance your story telling, with embedded videos, maps, links to article, and so on. Your images much more powerful than with just basic credits that might, or might not, follow them.
The attribution tool allows anyone to know who is the copyright holder of the image and where to find them. It also allows the copyright holder to see where the image is published and how many views it has received, along with which tag is the most popular.

by Paul Melcher | 06 Aug 2012 23:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Ok so I will give it a shot and report back to the good denizens of LS with my findings in a couple of months…Cheers

by lisa hogben | 06 Aug 2012 23:08 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Hi Paul,

I would love to give this a go – could you send me an invite – tomalprice at gmail dot com.



by Tom Price | 08 Aug 2012 15:08 | Winchester, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Sure Tom,

You will get the invite send to your email. Let me know your thoughts


Paul M

by Paul Melcher | 08 Aug 2012 15:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Paul.

Look forward to it.


by Tom Price | 08 Aug 2012 15:08 | Winchester, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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