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And I've just had another look, and my Affiliate sale discussed above has now been changed to a Distributor sale. Perhaps I should have kept quiet!

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Looking at how Alamy calculates "Net Revenue",

 

The contract specifies a 50% deduction for Alamy’s commission. In the affiliate sale that started this thread, Alamy takes 38.5%, which is different (I know it’s smaller). It's not certain that Rakuten is “a website that promotes offers and promotions in return for a commission” (per contract). I think that refers to the publishing affiliate. If it does, the 3% should be paid from Alamy’s side, the same way they pay salaries, rent, advertising and so forth. Alamy should take the 50% specified (and pay Rakuten); the 20% affiliate fee should be deducted, as stated in the contract; leaving 30% for the photographer. This is just my take on the contract; I welcome yours. Obviously, IANAL.

 

 “We will pay you 50% of a direct sale made by Alamy” -Contributors Home Page
This is misleading to anyone contemplating joining, and should be changed.

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On 12/2/2017 at 15:03, KevinS said:

 

 “We will pay you 50% of a direct sale made by Alamy” -Contributors Home Page
This is misleading to anyone contemplating joining, and should be changed.

 

The way I read things, the affiliate scheme isn't really for Alamy contributors to join.. it's for people with websites.. which might happen to be alamy contributors. If you follow the links, you end up filling out forms on the Rakuten website. (although I might be missing something).

I see no way opt in/out as an Alamy Contributor.

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2 hours ago, Matt Ashmore said:

 

The way I read things, the affiliate scheme isn't really for Alamy contributors to join.. it's for people with websites.. which might happen to be alamy contributors. If you follow the links, you end up filling out forms on the Rakuten website. (although I might be missing something).

I see no way opt in/out as an Alamy Contributor.

Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant people contemplating joining Alamy. Affiliate sales are one more example of sales where the contributor gets less than 50%; the trend, I'm afraid.

 

The affiliate scheme is similar to the distributor sheme, as you pointed out earlier. Alamy should add affiliate sales to the commission table, or at least offer an opt out for Alamy contributors. AFAIK all Alamy images are available for affiliate sales. 

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I tried without success to find out how Alamy came up with the 38.5% deal. But I did just receive this from CR;

 

The affiliate scheme is currently laid out as ‘deductions’ and these deductions aren’t specified but these sales are not direct sales, they involve a third party and do not lie outside the contract.

 

The affiliate commission has recently been changed and we will be laying out the exact commission in the upcoming contributor contract which will be released soon.

 

If you don’t agree to these changes then you are welcome to terminate you contract with Alamy.

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2 minutes ago, KevinS said:

commission in the upcoming contributor contract which will be released soon.

 

 

If you don’t agree to these changes then you are welcome to terminate you contract with Alamy.

In other words,take it or leave it.

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