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  1. has Alamy issued GDPR white paper?

    Alamy Statement on GDPR issues Alamy has reviewed and considered in detail the compliance of its business with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Following such review Alamy has taken steps to ensure compliance and is confident that it will meet the challenges of the new law. Alamy believes that the key risk scenario arising from the GDPR is where a photograph with a living person as its main focus is linked with personal information identifying that person, such as name, address or location. Alamy’s contributor contract has been amended from 25 May 2018 to provide that linking such personal information to a photograph of a living person will only be allowed for journalistic and news reporting purposes, where the person has given consent or for other legitimate reasons. Alamy’s lawful basis for licensing images under the GDPR will include its legitimate interests. These legitimate interests arises from its provision of photographs for a range of primarily editorial purposes, including news reporting, commentary, educational textbooks etc., that are of clear benefit to others and in the public interest. Alamy also expects to rely on the exemptions in the GDPR regarding the use of personal data for journalistic, artistic and academic purposes. Alamy’s view is that metadata included with an image, including location or date/time information, is unlikely in and of itself to materially increase any risk of GDPR non-compliance. The journalism and new reporting exception permits images of celebrities/well known or newsworthy people to be used. The legal basis for the processing would be the exemption for journalistic purposes set out in the GDPR (Art 85). In the UK implementing legislation a public interest test is incorporated. The consent exception could be satisfied by a model release or another form of explicit consent. The “other legitimate reason” exception also sits under the legitimate interests basis of lawful processing. As with all cases involving legitimate interests it would involve a balancing of the rights of the person whose details are included with those of Alamy , its contributors and customers. The following could form some of the justification for invoking legitimate interests: The provision of photographs for a range of editorial purposes, including news reporting, commentary, educational textbooks etc., that are of clear benefit to others and in the public interest; There may be a limited privacy impact on any individual that is a public figure, as they might reasonably expect their data to be used in this way; It would not be practical in many circumstances to give the individual full upfront control (i.e. consent) or bother them with disruptive consent requests. Other legitimate reasons generally involve the use of a person’s personal details in conjunction with an image in circumstances where it would be expected and natural to use such personal details in that context. For example, the use of an architect’s or inventor’s name in conjunction with a building or invention. It would not be possible to provide a full list of all circumstances in which the exception would apply but guidance will be placed on the contributor area of the Alamy website. Alamy notes that the GDPR indicates that processing of a photograph will not be treated as sensitive personal data unless used for facial recognition or similar purposes. The UK supervising authority the ICO has also commented that photographs of living persons shown in street photographs will not be considered biometric data for the purposes of the GDPR and Alamy expects that the position will be similar in other countries. Thanks, Alamy
  2. Hi All, We have raised this issue with Invision Power who host the forum platform and we're trying to resolve it. Sorry for any inconvenience in the meantime. Cheers Alamy
  3. Hi everyone We had some technical problems yesterday, our IT team is working on it and the images are now processing again. We expect it will take a day to get through the backlog. Apologies for the delay! Thanks Alamy
  4. New contract clause 4.11.

    Now locking as this is a duplicate thread to: http://discussion.alamy.com/topic/9460-ambiguous-new-contract-clause-411/ Thanks Alamy
  5. New contract clause 4.11.

    Hi Everyone, Apologies once again for the confusion regarding the unclear wording of clause 4.11. We've updated the wording now to make it clearer. You can view the updated summary of changes here: http://www.alamy.com/terms/contributor-contract-changes.asp And the updated full contract here: http://www.alamy.com/terms/contributor.asp If you've got any questions, please email the Contributor Relations team on contributors@alamy.com. Thanks, Alamy
  6. Ambiguous new contract clause 4.11

    Hi Everyone, Apologies once again for the confusion regarding the unclear wording of clause 4.11. We've updated the wording now to make it clearer. You can view the updated summary of changes here: http://www.alamy.com/terms/contributor-contract-changes.asp And the updated full contract here: http://www.alamy.com/terms/contributor.asp If you've got any questions, please email the Contributor Relations team on contributors@alamy.com. Thanks, Alamy
  7. Ambiguous new contract clause 4.11

    Hi everyone, Sorry - the wording isn't clear enough from us here so we're currently re-working it and will amend it very soon. There are journalistic exceptions to this clause where the name can be included if pertinent to the image, such as for a news story. More soon. Alamy
  8. New contract clause 4.11.

    Hi everyone, Sorry - the wording isn't clear enough from us here so we're currently re-working it and will amend it very soon. There are journalistic exceptions to this clause where the name can be included if pertinent to the image, such as for a news story. More soon. Alamy
  9. Failed QC

    Hi, All QC at Alamy is done by real life human beings; there are no algorithms or AI (apart from minimum file size detection). We have removed the offensive posts, as they are against the forum etiquette, and locking the thread down as it has gone off course. You can see all the forum rules on the homepage. Thanks, Alamy
  10. Our latest post about the 100k club is now live. If you haven't seen any in this series before, here are the links: 100k club part 1 100k club part 2 100k club part 3 100k club part 4 Cheers Alamy
  11. The $100,000+ club

    The latest post in the series is now available to view: http://www.alamy.com/blog/the-100000-club-part-4-alamys-top-earning-photographers Cheers Alamy
  12. Tips from the Alamy stand at the Photography Show

    Hello everyone We’d like to elaborate on the different subjects as we can see this thread has caused a bit of confusion. Keywording As a business Alamy has always asked contributors to keyword their own images. This means you can get your images on sale quicker with the most accurate information. As a potential one off, we can apply the super tag allocation for some photographers if they have a very large batch of images they need to supertag but it’s not something we can do automatically for each individual submission. The idea of the 10 first tags automatically turning to supertags is a good idea, but would unfortunately not work for everyone, and could have a negative effect for many photographers that are uploading images with attached metadata. We want contributors to consider their supertags carefully which is another reason why this process is not automated. Multiple accounts We don’t recommend creating several accounts for your images. The advice was given to a specific scenario, for most situations having different pseudonyms is the most appropriate course. If you have any questions on what would be the best option for your collection please get in touch with contributor relations. Batch sizes We recommend to upload fresh images on a regular basis. New images can be filtered in the search results so if you’re uploading fresh images regularly they will be shown higher up if customers are using this filter. It doesn't mean that uploading regularly gives you a higher rank. Captions only Images submitted through Live News or archive route can go online with just captions. We highly recommend to add tags and supertags to your archive uploads to make the images more searchable. For any photos uploaded through stock, a minimum of 5 tags are required. Hope that helps! Thanks Alamy
  13. Tips from the Alamy stand at the Photography Show

    Hi everyone First of all, it was really great meeting so many of you at the photography show. We had some really good conversations and it was very interesting to hear all about your individual experiences with stock and with Alamy! We'd like to mention that some of the above advice was given with a specific scenario in mind, and doesn't necessarily apply in a different context. It’s always best to contact Contributor Relations with any questions you have as they’ll be able to give you accurate information based on your account. Thanks Alamy
  14. Help Ed Rooney

    Like everyone else in this thread, we were really sorry to hear about Ed's situation, but it's been really heart-warming to see you all rally round as a community on this. We also want to contribute, so we won't be taking any commission from Ed's sales for the rest of 2018, putting Ed on 100% commission for his direct (non-distributor) sales on Alamy. We wish you all the best, Ed. Alamy
  15. Hi everyone, In case anyone is confused, the Live News desk is staffed all weekend UK hours 10am until 9pm. Any issues with Live News please contact the news team directly as they don't check the forums. In that way they can action quickly if needed. Many thanks Alamy
  16. Post your positive results in 2018 here! :)

    Hi everyone Just to let you know that we've deleted a few comments as we felt they were off topic. Thanks Alamy
  17. SERIOUSLY???

    Hi everyone Looks like this discussion has run its course, let's leave it for now. Many thanks Alamy
  18. Alamy Measures broken?

    Hi everyone We've mentioned to our IT team that some of you have spotted strange behavior from Alamy Measures, they're monitoring it at the moment. To explain the above, a high CTR for one image is unlikely to affect the average. Mark, if you would like us to look into the below issue, please email contributors@alamy.com with more details. We would need to know image ref, which keywords you removed, and which search is returning the image. Thanks Alamy
  19. A request about reporting actual usage

    Hi everyone We would like to remind you that the Forum is a platform for you to discuss stock photography, we don't monitor it 24/7 and if you want our input with things like this you can always email us. As we have previously explained, information needed for DACS claims are not readily available for us. Every year we have to hire a team of temporary staff to source this and the whole operation is costing the business both time and money which is why we are not in a position to offer this as a free service. Thanks Alamy
  20. Hi everyone We are not fully staffed on the news feed over the weekends, and they also start a little bit later than normal. Normally this is not an issue, but because of the Olympics, working through the feed took a bit longer than normal this weekend. If any of you are experiencing issues with upload and processing, we would recommend to drop an email to news@alamy.com to notify them. Thanks Alamy
  21. Discoverability

    Hi everyone and welcome to the forum Noddy1244 Asking questions and seeking advice is exactly what this forum is for, even if the questions have been asked before. Please point new members in the right direction by for example including a link to a similar thread, rather than just pointing out that this is a well discussed topic. If you still have unanswered questions about the Discoverability bar, get in touch with our Contributor Relations team (contributors@alamy.com) and they can share some more insight to how it works. Good luck! Alamy
  22. Multiple sign ins still required

    Hi Bryan If you are having technical issues, please email our Contributor Relations Team at contributors@alamy.com. Thanks Alamy
  23. Keywording exhaustion

    Hi everyone Just to clarify, in general the order of your tags are not important, but proximity of one tag compared to another used in a multi-word search can have an effect on where it appears in the sort order. As this conversation has gone off topic, we've decided to lock this thread. Thanks Alamy
  24. Alamy Affiliate sale

    In addition to the page linked to above, we had added some extra info to the forum discussion on this back in August: http://discussion.alamy.com/topic/7898-rakuten-marketing-affiliate-scheme/?do=findComment&comment=137986 Sales made through the affiliate scheme are an additional revenue stream, widening your opportunity for selling additional licences on Alamy.
  25. Hi everyone As you have noticed we've experienced some technical issues with one of our servers this weekend. The issue should now be fixed, so if you have any further problems with upload, please contact our Contributor Relations Team (contributors@alamy.com) Thanks Alamy