Starting from September 1, 2015, Depositphotos is changing royalty rates. It follows recent rising of credit prices implemented on August 22, 2015.
Depositphotos has decided to level the prices of stock photos with market rates and raise prices for files purchased via credits. By doing so, they expect that lower royalty rates incurred by contributors due to decreasing commission rates will be compensated to maintain author earnings at the same level.
In the email sent recently in relation to the above, Depositphotos claims to be still one of the stock photo agencies with the highest royalty rates paid to its contributors. They also explain that their decision was dictated by the market requirements. Their intention was to make their operations more profitable and allow for future development. They also express that they are confident that their growth will continue. With contributors help they will retain the leading position among other stock agencies.
How Depositphotos is changing royalty rates from Sep 1, 2015:
with comparison to previous rates:
As you can see from the above, it is 10% across the board, but at least royalties for stock files purchased via subscription remain at the same level:
For those not familiar with Depositphotos Contributor Levels structure please take a look at the table below:
Your level as an author is purely based on your sales. It is counted as 1 download for stock photos sold via credits and 1/3 download for subscription sales. It means you need 3 subscription sales to be accounted for 1 download.