Shutterstock Removing Newly Acquired Pond5 Archive from Adobe Stock’s Collection


You might recall the news we brought you a little while back about Shutterstock’s purchase of Pond5.

Spools of film laying on white background. Photo by Jeremy Bezanger

If you didn’t get a chance to read that article, you can do that here.

As with all mergers or acquisitions, there was some pretty heady talk about the bright new future ahead for Pond5 under Shutterstock’s umbrella.

Sadly, however, good news doesn’t always mean glad tidings for everyone involved and, in this instance, Adobe Stock is losing out on some 30 million digital assets.

In an email to Adobe Stock subscribers obtained by PetaPixel, the former writes:

“We are reaching out to you to inform you that Pond5 is no longer an Adobe Stock contributor, and therefore the Pond5 footage collection will be removed from Adobe Stock in 30 days (July 29, 2022).

If you currently have Pond5 video clips in your license history, please re‑download them by July 29, 2022, after which you will not be able to access any Pond5 video clips on Adobe Stock.”

What a headache for Adobe Stock subscribers that used Pond5 clips.

PetaPixel further highlights, and we have covered on this blog, that Shutterstock is a pretty dominant force via numerous acquisitions across various media types over the past several years. Whether it is photography, videography, 3D models, or any combination thereof, Shutterstock pretty much has you covered and, with power moves like withdrawing files from Adobe Stock, they’re making it harder and harder to ignore for consumers.

Do you use Adobe Stock? Do you think the loss of Pond5 will hurt Adobe Stock in any way? Let us know in the comments.

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