“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.