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  1. Utter rubbish James. Nothing at all to do with contributors net royalties. Coincidently (dont believe in coincidence) my net royalties have only this month or so recovered to the level before the last cut. Thats with pretty much doubling the number of images and reworking thousands upon thousands of existing images. Im never going to see a return on that with this cut. A 20% cut brings me back to 2008 levels. Let me repeat that a 20% cut brings me back 11 years and 40,000 images ago. Think about that James, it means the last 11 years work have been for nothing, zero growth,
  2. Rumour I heard was that someone told the monkey that professional photographers earn peanuts so he wanted some of that!
  3. 'I also see some institutionalized incompetance being applied on Alamy's part as far as tracking downloads and following up on customer usage.' 4 years ago to this very week members of EPUK complained to Alamy about this and to be fair to Alamy they did instigate an investigation and did recover some money, the problem is that the old once bitten thing and a lot of us still see a lot of unreported uses. To not do anything about this 4 years after the initial investigation, complaint and alamys action is just scandalous. Failure of duty of care to exercise the contract so just change the c
  4. Linda, YOU NEED to register all your images with the US office to prove copyright because you are a US photographer operating from the US. There is no other way for a US photographer operating in the US to prove they own copyright. You are correct for YOUR circumstances. (sorry about the bold bit but I am trying to emphasise the point). For the rest of us all we need to do is show we own the original file and the process is exactly the same. Ive sued in the US where they have asked is it registered and Ive said no because it doesnt need to be as Im not a US photographer and Ive won thousan
  5. I know a team working to reverse engineer alamyrank from a photographers perspective. Like any software algorithm its a series of inputs and outputs, draw enough data from inputs across enough time and you can reasonably predict results. They are pretty much there and the results are impressive. Not cheap obviously but when you see the results in black and white its hard to ignore the fact that you are better spending time on their algorithms than producing new output, particularly with the rapid drop off in fees.
  6. The simple answer is no Michael, too many variables. For example my average sale price per image is now 1/7 of what it was back in 2007. Percentage has dropped from 65% to 50%. Alamy is also increasing its cut from the dollar percentage by 25%. On the other hand, currency fluctuations have taken place. So if I made 100 sales back in 2007 I would need to make approximately 900 sales this year to be at the same point. If the 1 in 100 average was applied (as quoted elsewhere), that would mean having 90,000 images at the start of the year to produce those 900 sales. To put it in perspective, t
  7. that 1 could be 'perpetual'. An image licensed 5 years ago will have had an end date, current licensing sometimes has 'in perpetuity' on it (check your images sold summary). So in theory yes A means 1 but it could also mean 1 in perpetuity or one including distribution rights or 1 including x, y, or z prevalent at the time, not necessarily a re-use of the existing licence terms. The legality of these terms need to be hammered out. For example in the Getty terms sales there are images sold 'for the lifetime of the contract', which contract? Between Getty and the supplier, Getty and the photogr
  8. Its not the release that matters per se, the wording can influence of course but how the 'contract' is actioned. Thats where you need to have a chat with a solicitor to see how it affects what you are doing. No point me giving advice or opinion as IANAL and saying 'Joe Fox' told me so wont stand up in court. Of course saying you were following advice from Rumpole and sons solicitors might have a slightly different bearing on things. To be pedantic for a minute, it doesnt really matter if you dont think its anything to do with EU law. You not thinking it is will not influence whether it does o
  9. Mark, I suggest you do take advice on the matter. Most commercial solicitors will give you advice on contract law (your local small business agency should have local contacts). If you are in the FSB or a trade union or even your commercial insurers might have a fixed rate legal helpline to call for advice. Above all else it is up to you to ensure what you are doing covers you and your business and you have the personal contact to back that up. The advice really isnt that expensive in the scheme of things and with changes in EU law happening periodically, its something that its worthwhile
  10. Is this your opinion or have you taken advice on this? My opinion would be worth the paper its written on (including the post above). I do this for a living and as such need to be sure that everything I do is legal (my insurance will insist on it in the event of any comeback). I dont fault the agencies here either, they do enough to cover themselves. Ive had discussions with agency legal departments before and they werent interested in anything other than covering themselves (I can see their point). If they have a signed bit of paper then they are covered and under the contract it is t
  11. Just a word of warning about any releases signed in the street... ..a model release is a legal agreement and to be fully legitimate has to be exercised as such. The terms have to be fully explained and depending on the circumstances, cool off periods may apply. I personally would never rely on a release signed in the street, for me its just about as worthless as anyone elses random autograph.* There is also the issue about ICO registration and passing on personal details to a 3rd party, if thats not done correctly, that too could make the release invalid (in the eyes of a court at least as
  12. Not quite. Publication is different from copyright. The copyright laws that apply are the ones from your home country, i.e. where you do business. I did, a couple of posts ago.
  13. Not quite. Publication is different from copyright. The copyright laws that apply are the ones from your home country, i.e. where you do business I answered the question Marvin asked. If he took his UK images home and published them in the US, US law would apply. If my UK images were registered in the US, I could pursue statutory damages against a US infringer. (4) The country of origin shall be considered to be: (a) in the case of works first published in a country of the Union, that country; Nope you didnt. Copyright for photography is for unpublished works. Copyright
  14. Not quite. Publication is different from copyright. The copyright laws that apply are the ones from your home country, i.e. where you do business.
  15. You could still need indemnity insurance for ommissions, errors and losses as a result of licensing images, even if its only through an agent. Check your contracts specifically the clauses about indemnifying the agency for any mistakes, errors or losses.
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