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About Walrus

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  1. My comment wasn't about a specific image but more general based on my experience. If an image is published and credited, as was mine, hence why it was discovered, and not paid, it's an infringement by any name.
  2. Alamy's stock answer is they have staff who look for infringements. I cannot see how 5--10 can outperform, say, 35,000 active photographers out of 70,000 if only they had one tiny bit of information: publisher: Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Sun, etc; licence: DDMMYY. If this area was addressed, it would boost income for both parties, and put infringers on notice (i.e., by Alamy taking the infringer to court and if that's not legally possible, then setting up a fund that the photographer can apply to use). While the commission is still one of the best, the dive in prices from £250 to £2.50 is the real culprit. Commissions I have earned this year: $10.40 $11.72 $11.12 $13.54 $13.30 $20.74 $8.58 $10.30 $10.30 $19.31 $8.97 A few selling for $30--60, but then some as low as $5.05. Not enough to buy a decent lunch, or two.
  3. When I joined Alamy way back, I asked Alamy to publish the buyer in My Alamy. That way, when a sale is made, I can look out for the newspaper, book or website. I was told it was to stop photographers asking for tear sheets. Well, Alamy could easily put a provisor in your contract that would stop you pestering a publisher. The anonymous buying gives licence to the buyer to infringe copyright. I know of at least one incident in which the publisher, the Daily Mail, published one of my images without paying. I brought it to Alamy's attention, who invoiced the Daily Mail, who paid. No penalty for infringing my copyright, nor any legal action threatened. Have they done it to other photographers, and to me again? I strongly suspect they have because there's no way I'm going to buy the Daily Mail, nor visit its website on the "off chance" they have bought one of my images so will never know how much revenue I've lost over the years not only to the Daily Mail but other buyers.
  4. Alamy set a precedence when it previously reduced the commission in order to fund its USA office. There was similar outrage then. Majority of us didn't benefit one cent! I doubt if Alamy will change its mind. More likely, in a few years time it will drop the commission yet again. Shangara.
  5. Was a time when an image commanded a decent price. Sadly, with the price race to the bottom, that's history. Reducing commission will have minimal affect. I stopped uploading a while back because the return on investment in time and equipment wasn't worth it anymore. Here is a typical sale: Country: Worldwide Usage: Commercial electronic Media: Website, app and social media Industry sector: Entertainment & Leisure Image Size: Any size Start: 01 September 2018 End: 01 September 2023 Single placement and design, duration in perpetuity. The reason for low prices given is the financial crash, austerity, and aunt Fanny's moods. The truth is, publishers have the money and they want photos. If you have one, they will pay for it (I know because when they've come to me direct I have managed to negotiate x100 the price on Alamy and NO commission when researchers said they had a low budget!). Is a publisher going to pay a freelance £750--£1250 to take the image or £250 for your image on Alamy? Is a publisher going to pay £250 when they can pay £2.50p? Doesn't need a genius to answer £2.50p. I recently uploaded images to Adobe Stock. One, they were clueless about copyright, so rejected a number of images after they were keyworded saying I had infringed intellectual property (being a photographer, I had done NO such thing -- they don't even know about the freedom of panorama clause, let alone more obscure clauses). Images started to sell even though I'd only got about 40 past quality control. Sadly, prices were around the £0.15p mark. Erm, not going to throw my images away, so pulled my collection....Am seriously contemplating pulling my collection from Alamy. If we all threatened to do it, wonder what Alamy would do to keep us on board. Shangara. $ 5.05
  6. When the uploader was first introduced, I gave good feedback but NONE of it was incorporated. Many years later, I see it hasn't been improved one iota. 1. It still blankets my screen when I launch it (I do NOT want it to do so. If I want that, I know where the button is on my browser!). First rule of good GUI design: do NOT move the user's furniture. 2. For every image, I have to make 4 unnecessary clicks. I do NOT include property releases. I do NOT include models releases. All my images are photos. None of my images are digitally altered (well, not that so would know without hiring a forensic expert). Now, any fool will tell you when there are lots of choices, what's needed is a preset that user can create, select and leave in the on state. So why isn't there one? Instead of making contributors fill two boxes with keywords, why not find a better system for finding them automatically? It's an utter waste of time given so many technologies exist to sort the chaff from the wheat.
  7. Hello, Used to submit regularly years ago, but then lost heart, so stopped. Tried uploading via Safari and got 'file not found errors.' Files were there alongside the others that were successfully uploaded. Tried FTP, got same errors. Contacted Alamy via the new contributor email address and came up against someone who admitted they weren't technicians but then wasted an enormous amount of my time trying to convince me problem was with my FTP client, so I should contact the developer. He asked for screenshots of the error message but then couldn't read was in them! Said, "It still looks like you’re not pointing to the route folder." Huh? Why would anyone give you FTP access to route? Went on, "You need to make sure you’re directing to one of the titled folders." You can see from the screenshot I sent I was connecting the Stock folder (IAC, issue wasn't one of access, but 'file not found'). I told him I'd been computing for over 25 years he still carried on questioning my competence (I've set up more FTP connections than he's had hot dinners) instead of escalating the issue. It's obvious to me he has nada, zilch technical knowledge, and had even asked query to be escalated to the tech dept (I just assumed Alamy has one, not been able to find a contact address). He refused, saying tech will give the same answers. Huh? Now he's suddenly a technician who can talk on behalf of other technicians! I found the whole episode bizarre, and he hasn't replied to my last email to say he has escalated the issue, or not. I just uploaded more images via Safari. It failed to upload two images, even though they were in the same folder. I selected them again and it uploaded them without a problem. Clearly a flaky uploader, and a flakier FTP. Is my experience unique?
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