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DRR Site Shutdown 10/31 -- Please Help Spread the Word
Allen Murabayashi, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 1:38 AM on 10.30.08
->> "As part of the process of terminating the business operations of Digital Railroad, Diablo Management Group has informed PhotoShelter of their intent to shut down the DRR site as early as 11:59PM, PST, on Friday October 31. After this point, it is very likely that all the images located on the Digital Railroad servers could be permanently inaccessible. Given the strong possibility of this event, PhotoShelter, on its own initiative, is strongly suggesting that customers migrate their files from Digital Railroad immediately. Digital Railroad, at the present time, has no plans or resources to accomplish this task."

We have been trying to work along side former DRR employees to bring about a graceful closure to the impending liquidation. I've spoken to their liquidation firm and their bank, and we've tried to have a little more clarity around the situation. We've been trading e-mails and phone calls with everyone and their mother. We've fielded phone calls from photographers literally in tears -- from students to some of the biggest names in the industry. The whole thing is sickening.

There will obviously be time to deconstruct everything, but right now, we only have one concern: to notify as many affected photographers as possible. We anecdotally know that some portion of DRR users are traveling and haven't even heard that the company is liquidating and that their files might be gone forever. We do not have a full list of DRR users, and as of this posting, we've been unable to negotiate access to the user list.

PLEASE HELP US NOTIFY THEM TO REMOVE THEIR FILES IMMEDIATELY.

It doesn't matter where they move them. They just need to move them. Blog, e-mail, phone and shout to them. If you want to help the industry, then help us spread the word to our colleagues.
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Danny Gawlowski, Photographer
Bellingham | WA | USA | Posted: 3:56 AM on 10.30.08
->> Thanks for working so hard on behalf of photographers and the photography community.
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Jock Fistick, Photographer
Brussels | Belgium | | Posted: 3:48 PM on 10.30.08
->> bump
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Sabina Moran, Photographer
Finksburg | MD | USA | Posted: 4:51 PM on 10.30.08
->> Yes, a huge "Thank You" for all your efforts!

But we must also remind everyone that there are going to be numerous delays as those that have heard are all trying to move their files at the same time and the DRR servers become overloaded with traffic. I've been trying for the past two days and have only gotten about a tenth of them successfully moved.

If anyone has any tips on how to make this process any quicker, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share them.
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Jock Fistick, Photographer
Brussels | Belgium | | Posted: 5:29 AM on 10.31.08
->> Less than 24 hours and counting... for those still trying to move their images - has there been any improvement in ftp performance?

Best of luck!
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Sabina Moran, Photographer
Finksburg | MD | USA | Posted: 8:00 AM on 10.31.08
->> There are windows of time every now and then where it seems small amounts go quickly, but those windows don't last long at all! It does require that you sit diligently at the computer and refresh everything periodically in order to move anything; there's no leaving it to do something else.
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Brett Wilhelm, Photographer, Assistant
Boulder | CO | United States | Posted: 5:53 PM on 10.31.08
->> Just saw this, pertinent to the future of Digital Railroad's assets and photographer's content on the servers.

The letter I've now seen in multiple places, but the interpretation as to the potential buyer is only speculation by PDN at this point.

http://www.pdnpulse.com/2008/10/is-newscom-about-to-acquire-digital-railroa...
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Dan Routh, Photographer
Greensboro | NC | USA | Posted: 6:06 PM on 10.31.08
->> About half of what I have been able to move from DRR to Photoshelter has been corrupt. This whole thing continues to be a clusterf**k. As for the letter concerning the intent to buy. At least the files on the server at DRR might actually be safe. Who knows?
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