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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={068DAA87-899A-418F-990A-8292A6D24F06}&name=Iain+McGillivray
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    26 Nov 2007
  1. It seems that Amazon may have succeeded in patenting (in the US at least) a set up for photos on a white background that are created with a specific simple lighting set up. I just wonder how many images available across the stock industry, that may have been so for many years, are now unwittingly in violation of Amazon's patent. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/has-amazon-really-patented-one-of-the-most-basic-ways-to-take-a-photograph-9452807.html I recall the National Trust having a hissy fit a few years ago about images of its properties being available on stock websites and making moves to have them removed. I wonder how long it will be until Amazon starts to throw it's (considerably bigger) weight around in a similar way. I do hope none of us photographers in the UK get rounded up and extradited to the USA at Amazon's behest to face patent infringement charges.
  2. Can anyone tell me how long sales take to be reflected in the cleared balance. I've had several sales in October and November however only sales made prior to 1st October are reflected in the cleared balance at present and not the full balance carried forward at the start of this month.
  3. After increasing my portfolio size over 10 fold in a year, two consecutive QC failures and my CTR has collapsed to almost non-existant. So all in all not a particularly brilliant month!
  4. I am starting to think that the "Editorial" label is a little misleading and I think "non-commercial" might be a better label to apply. For instance other stock sites will only accept images as editorial if they are "newsworthy" and require date and location captioning like you would put on a press release. As for the original question I think it would fall into the category of "non-commercial" but purely from a personal perspective I'd feel a little uncomfortable (from an etiquette point of view) selling pictures as art with identifiable people. Of course another way to look at it is - as photographers and agencies - we are selling "editorial" images which is still in itself a commercial activity (and if you need to shoot inside a publicly accessible building it will be probably be deemed by its managers to be commercial activity with respect to gaining permission). If we sell a picture of a famous person to a newspaper to accompany a news article we are doing so to make money and pictures of Royals, President Obama or Nelson Mandela for example are in frequent demand and are a good earner for those who take them. So I do think this is something that, as an industry, we need to establish greater clarity on. Of course it doesn't help that through e-commerce we are selling globally and different jurisdictions have different rules. As an example the Eiffel Tower can be use commercially shot in daylight without a property release but not with the lights at night - this is a matter of French law and I'm not sure if the restriction also applies to art photography or not.
  5. I've been waiting a couple of weeks for a QC decision so looks like a fail - really annoying because its the second one in just over 2 months and I was on target to have my entire archive submitted by now having increased my Alamy portfiolio size more than ten-fold over the past year having finally (well so I thought) fully got to grips with the QC criteria! Anyway on to the point of my post, I've been looking at the Alamy statistics and considering using (what would have been) my Alamy time over the next couple of weeks to take some less relevant keywords out of the images I have on Alamy. In the past I've tried to get as many keywords as possible into an image including everything that appears in it but I'm wondering if cutting right down to very specific keywords someone might use to search for an image. For example Ive seen some of the top images in search results with as little as 3-4 very specific keywords. I'm also wondering if on Alamy it would only be necessary to cut down only the essential keywords (for example I don't think ) or should I also cull the comprehensive and/or main keywords where I consider its appropriate.
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