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  1. Hi All,

     

    Given that this is centered around a general industry discussion, I think we can forego the code words for now in this thread. I appreciate the desire to stick to the rules but for the purposes of this thread I think it's of benefit to the conversation that you can talk freely and clearly about the industry.

     

    What we don't want to see is the promotion of our competitors here for obvious reasons, aside from that all is acceptable.

     

    Cheers

     

    James A

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  2. Hi All,

     

    We've made a few tweaks behind the scenes on the forum to adjust a couple of things - nothing major, and all designed to keep this place as productive as possible. 

     

    • Posts with 10 or more positive reactions will now be highlighted within the thread, this is designed to make the more popular posts stand out
    • There is a new warning system now for users who break rules or cause conflict. Accumulating points may lead to temporary bans on posting for short periods of time
    • You can now add animated gifs to posts. It's just a bit of fun and is also pretty standard across social platforms
    • If we spot users who never contribute to the forum other than clicking the red or green arrows, or targeting specific users, then they may have their ability to click these reactions removed. All other read/write privileges will remain the same
    • We've tweaked a few of the group levels/status titles depending on how many posts you make - just a bit of fun, but to now have the rank of "part of the forum furniture" you'd need to amass more then 10,000 posts

     

    Cheers

     

    Alamy 

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  3. Hi All,

     

    We've made a few tweaks behind the scenes on the forum to adjust a couple of things - nothing major, and all designed to keep this place as productive as possible. 

     

    • Posts with 10 or more positive reactions will now be highlighted within the thread, this is designed to make the more popular posts stand out
    • There is a new warning system now for users who break rules or cause conflict. Accumulating points may lead to temporary bans on posting for short periods of time
    • You can now add animated gifs to posts. It's just a bit of fun and is also pretty standard across social platforms
    • If we spot users who never contribute to the forum other than clicking the red or green arrows, or targeting specific users, then they may have their ability to click these reactions removed. All other read/write privileges will remain the same
    • We've tweaked a few of the group levels/status titles depending on how many posts you make - just a bit of fun, but to now have the rank of "part of the forum furniture" you'd need to amass more then 10,000 posts

     

    Cheers

     

    Alamy 


  4. To add some clarity to the artwork element to this:

     

    The spirit of the clause in the contract is around flat artwork. Mostly around those artworks that have images in the public domain. We're not talking about walking route signs nailed to trees, a blanket your grandparent knitted or just about anything in a 3d space. It's not possible for us to exhaustively define what is and isn't artwork - but this is the spirit of it. If you have images of artwork that are in the public domain that do not show a wider context then these cannot be marked as exclusive on Alamy. If you have any image that is on another reselling site, outside of your own personal one, this cannot be marked as exclusive to Alamy.

     

    For further clarity, you can mark images of stained glass windows as exclusive to Alamy provided you do not licence them on any other stock sites.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Alamy

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  5. To give more context to the marking of images exclusive on Alamy. Images can never be marked exclusive  that are available via third party licensing, such as any another stock agency or image site but excluding the Contributor’s personal website and print sales.

      

    In addition images that are solely of artworks and copyright free artworks that would fall within the public domain cannot be marked as exclusive. This can include images taken of murals, stained glass windows, album artwork and postage stamps that feature solely the artwork.  

     

    We’ve received legal advice on these matters and in most cases the key element comes down to the amount of context in the image. Any direct slavish copy of a 2-dimensional artwork that has fallen into the public domain, are not afforded their own copyright protection due to the lack of originality. So if there is no surrounding context to the artwork at all then the image would not be eligible to be classed as Exclusive. We have not included statues or sculptures in our definition of artwork for exclusivity as they are 3-dimensional.  

      

    If featured in the wider context then images of artworks may be eligible but should be taken with as much context as possible e.g. in the wider context of a church in the case of a stained glass window.  

     

    We have been as lenient as possible, but the exclusivity elements introduced in February 2019 are contractual terms and need to be followed by contributors, and to be fair to all Contributors Alamy has to enforce these terms.  

     

    If you've received an email from us on this we can give you a detailed list of the images that have been flagged.  

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  6. 1 hour ago, Marb said:

    Well I have just had an email from Alamy informing me that one of my previous sales has been refunded to the client due to a mistake. So they are active enough taking money back from us, but not the other way round. You couldn't write it!

     

    To be clear, as written in the email to inform you of this in advance - the distributor duplicated their reporting of sales to us which means some images were billed twice. You will still be paid for the first usage. The second sale, which has not been paid to you, is now being cancelled which will show as a refund. 

     

    To all: More widely regarding payment times - we are of course not immune to the difficulties facing the business world at the moment in securing payments. We're doing everything we can, as best we can - that, I can assure you.

     

    I'll post up another thread now about how the current situation may be affecting your experience with us as contributors. 

     

    Edit - here's the thread:

     

    https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/12807-the-contributor-experience-whilst-were-all-tackling-the-covid-19-pandemic/

     

    James Allsworth

    Head of Content

     

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  7. Hi all,

     

    We're currently undertaking more work in order to ensure that images that are marked as exclusive to Alamy, are in fact exclusive. We're aware a few users within the forum have questioned the need to be accurate in this info, so we just wanted to say that it is very important you are accurate when marking images as exclusive to Alamy or not.

     

    We're currently working through a number of processes designed to help protect the integrity of the exclusivity declaration. We've previously sent an email out to all users who had content marked as exclusive which stated the following:

     

    "We’re in the process of looking over the Alamy collection to help ensure accuracy of the “Exclusive to Alamy” declaration currently applied to certain images. Your account currently has images marked as Exclusive to Alamy.

     

    As a general reminder, “Exclusive” images cannot be available through any other third-party licensing, sales or distribution channels (where not supplied through Alamy). You can sell your images on a personal print site (without a stock licencing option) and still mark these as exclusive to Alamy. Selling prints and stock licences on your own website is also fine.

     

    If your collection contains images of artworks these can never be marked as Exclusive to Alamy, unless you're the artist.

     

    If you’re already sure that everything is in order then there is no need for further action. If you’re unsure though, please review your collection and update the “Exclusive to Alamy” annotation of your images where necessary to prevent any future issues."

     

    Images marked as exclusive to Alamy earn 50% commission per direct licence sold as apposed to the 40% for non-exclusive. We'll soon be taking further action against users that continue to be mark images as exclusive incorrectly as a breach of contract. 

     

    Please make sure your information around exclusivity is accurate - this keeps you in agreement with the contract and free of any risk of action in the future.

     

    Best wishes

     

    Alamy

     

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