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Should bloggers ever worry about photos disappearing off of Picapp's servers?

Should bloggers ever worry about photos disappearing off of Picapp's servers? If they disappear from PicApp, they disappear on our blogs and appear broken.
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  • I’m confident
    Hi Tito,
    Our images are served through a 3rd party CDN servers (one of the world leading),
    This is to ensure that PicApp images are served at the high speed (no matter where you or your readers are located at) & to ensure that no matter what happens to our servers (slow fail or hit by a lightning:) ), the images will be served on the blogs
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  • I’m ANGRY
    Well looks like your servers have failed you and half of the photos on our blog which are from PicApp have completely dissappeared.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Someone needs to reply to this guy and provide users with some confidence that this service isn't dead or dying.
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  • What is going on. My site no longer has images coming up either.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Have no idea why, but picapp's URL is completely screwed.
    http://www.picapp.com works
    but
    http://picapp.com does not work, and all images are pointed picapp.com and not www.picapp.com

    ughh..
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  • I’m Confused
    Did Pic App just change their Picture use terms....my pictures all vanished...it looks like I now have to put a code in that puts a bar under each photo...this will not work as i have multiple pictures on one page..it will look unprofessional...help...I hope Pic App doesn't ruin their company
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  • Since the OP asked this question, pics have disappeared twice. Yesterday being the most recent example http://getsatisfaction.com/Picapp/top...

    Frankly, for a new service I'm willing to accept these things - That's why I'm waiting. The key is that they acknowledge it, fix it within 24 hours. The service is free to use at this point even though the partnership my be critical to all involved.
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  • I’m concerned
    I also have that concern, not only from a server reliability angle, but also from a company standpoint. To make a comparison, another provider called Gumgum has the same concept as you - licensing from various image agencies - providing centralized image source. However, in their case, we access the licensor's site, and download the images. So, if Gumgum should go under, we still have the images. If their servers die, we still have the images. And if worse comes to worse, we can negociate directly with the agency that owns the image. But under all those scenarios, we, as a website, don't end up with broken links in the meantime. With you guys, the terms state you have no responsibility, should you fail to provide the images, and we don't have the images on our own servers, so any issue whatsoever equals broken links.
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  • We need to wonder why the administrators have not answered this question. I think they haven't because they don't know. No one ever thinks that their company will go down or that they will fail. So from the point of view of users, we have to take the risk, like we do for any good thing. Balance out the risk by using pictures from different sources.
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  • I’m concerned
    One reason that some pics 'disappear' is that they are being used without the copyright holders permission. As some photographers earn a living from their photos (and it can cost a fortune to achieve some of the results) they aren't very happy when sites distribute them for free and dont pay them for the privilage!!!

    Bloggers should be very concerned!!!

    Using photos without permission is theft and can result in court proceedings and fines... the sites who host such images without permission will be regularly having to remove photos and disrupting service and leaving you with missing links on your sites!!!

    If you have a smaller site and cant afford to buy pics, companies like GumGum.com supply images with permission and you pay with it through banner advertising on the individual photos.. some of that money also goes to the photographers and agencies so as they can continue to provide a service for you to use.. and the circle continues. Its only fair!
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  • Hi all,

    We know it's been a while, but we wanted to clarify things:

    Having the images hosted on our end is what allows us to provide the images for free to you, the publishers. The biggest agencies in the industry have agreed to allow access to all of their premium content for free, based on the agreement that the photo will be used for any other purpose than the agrees ones (and especially online). In order to keep providing the images for free and offer millions of free images to publishers, we need to keep the hosting on our end.

    Like Etay mentioned in the past, our images are served through a 3rd party CDN servers to ensure speed of the images upload and the permanent nature of it. No matter what happens to Picapp – the images will be safely hosted on the CDN.

    Regarding the disappearing images: if images disappeared – it might have been because the publisher did not use the code as provided and requested in the T&Cs (http://picapp.com/TermsAndCondition.a.... Picapp has agreements that allows bloggers and websites to use the images for free., Every image on Picapp’s site has been sent to us by the agency and has been approved for using with perpetual rights for it.

    Hope that answers everyone’s questions, we would love to hear more questions and feedback from you.

    The Picapp team
    • So to clarify, I'm not worried about a temporary outage.

      I'm worried if Picapp goes out of business. All the photos are on the CDN servers will stay there? (Who's paying them to keep the images if Pacapp isn't?) If they aren't paid, they might stop serving the images and break all the links we have on our sites...

      Your answer sort of answers that, but I'm not sure about the continuity if you're gone.

      Thank you
      Gary
      http://GarySaid.com/
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  • Hi Gary,

    We understand your concern - and we are taking all the possible actions to prevent any inconvenience on that end.

    We have a long term contract with the CDN, even if we do ever go out of business you’ll still get a big time frame for the images to keep showing. You will also get a heads up notification to give you enough time to switch images/edit posts and not to publish new posts with our images in the meanwhile. And then - we are going to try and find a solution that keeps the images live on the CDN.

    Also, Picapp, as every company out there carry out the risk going out of business but for our publishers, that’s the minimal risk you take when getting a service online for free. For example, it can go the same way with embedding a video from youtube and then youtube takes the video down due to a maintenance/ infringement issues – no 100% guarantees....

    Hope it makes sense -

    Please let us know if you have more concerns,
    Best,
    Tha Picapp team
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  • I’m sad.
    Latest News from Picapp via Mail. I'm concerned, disappointed. >>>>>>

    Dear publisher,
    Couple weeks ago we shared with you news related to launching the Picapp Widget, our newest app.
    With that we embarked on a new journey as a company.

    As in with every new journey some things, some say "older" things, change, this is a true statement here as well.

    During the past two years Picapp became a source for millions of premium, legal and free images, you have all enjoyed using our images along your posts and we enjoyed reading those posts and seeing the value our images add. Unfortunately despite the increase in usage, the demand was not sufficient to commercially justify this as our core business model, which is why we have decided to terminate the Picapp images search. Picapp will now be focusing only on distributing image-related engagement and monetization tools to publishers.

    We realize that for the those of you who love using picapp solely for image licensing, these are not 'fun' news to hear and therefore wanted to address some of the questions you probably have reading this text:

    What will happen to my already-published picapp images?
    As we have committed to you before--all previously published images will remain live on your sites. Picapp plans to continue to bear the cost of content delivery and stream the images so they will appear on your site.
    We are making this very clear: all previously published picapp images remain up.

    Are the images I already published still validly licensed?
    Beyond the technical aspect of having images continue and appear on our sites we also wanted to re-assure, as in with all picapp images, all previously published images have been fully licensed to Picapp and sub-licensed to you as our users so as long that images are used according to our terms these images can remain up.

    How can I get new images?
    As far as coming to Picapp to grab new images, this service will no longer be available via the site nor via the various plug ins, we have been fortunate to work with wonderful content providers, names such Zuma Press, Pacific coast News and Newscom are just a few, you can reach out to these agencies for direct licensing of images; other resources we recommend are: fotoglif, fotolia, istockphoto.

    This change will take effect on December 31st, from that point on there will be no images available to publish thru picapp.com.

    As a company we'll continue to focus our resources and efforts on further developing and promoting the Picapp Widget, as an image engagement and monetization app for publishers, many of you have been using this Widget since we launched it and based on the feedback we got from you so far you are very excited about it!

    Thank you for being a loyal user and for being part of our community, we are sad to let this valuable feature go and at the same time we are excited to continue and provide a better, more engaging, image experience to our publishers, building upon what we have learned and what you have been telling us.

    WHY???
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  • I’m sad
    Well I guess we should be thankful that the previously used images stay up. Still, I am sad! I loved Picapp and used it for almost every post.
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