Updated: Your Highres Access Accounts Are Being Traded

Updated: Please see the comments for contributions that show more accounts being traded. Thanks for the input and keep it coming.

If you’re an image seller that gives special access to partners and accounts that allows them to download highres images you may want to check for abnormal activity on those accounts. One of our attentive readers points out that a site as been trading logins and passwords on leading imagesites. They apparently used the logins that are made available to subscription clients and partners. Anyone with access to these details would have been able to download high resolution images illegally. Trading logins is not a new phenomenon, especially among fans of celebrity pictures. This one is now down but may show up somewhere else soon.

The site (http://hqstarlight.livejournal.com/profile)  is down but the Google description said:

hqstarlight – Selling / Trading Image Accounts. hqstarlight – Selling / Trading Image Accounts. Created on 2010-06-16 11:18:01 (#28327909), last updated

If you have anymore information about this please email info@fastmediamagazine.com or comment. We’ll update this post if we get more info in.

Whatever the outcome this seems like a good time to recheck downloadreports.

Marco | Editor

Editor at large and founder of a bunch of stockphoto businesses

4 thoughts on “Updated: Your Highres Access Accounts Are Being Traded

  • November 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Marco,

    I’ve read your article on this topic with interest.

    It’s the payment model where the challenge is..

    If payment is due based on what has been published, rather then what has been downloaded, it doesn’t matter what kind of account accesses the database of the seller.

    Corrigon facilitates this new pricing model by providing Image Recognition services to image banks. By monitoring the sites of customers, or even searching for new websites with matching images, invoicing can be accurately based on the actual publications. This saves a lot of time and potential human errors at the Image Bank, while customers will relax at the thought that they only pay as they publish.

    Splash News is an exciting example of a customer which successfully changed from a passive pricing model to pro-active monitoring and invoicing based on actual publications.

    I’d be more than happy to share more details on this opportunity for the industry with you. Please feel free to contact me.

    Best regards,
    Einav Itamar
    CEO – Corrigon

  • November 29, 2010 at 9:40 am


    There is more to image licensing than just the web
    I am sure your technology does not cover printed use as well. So technology is not a viable solution for this problem.
    The only solution is to stay away from sites that use the subscription module

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