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  1. Hi Kathy;


    Since 1st Dec 2020 I have had in total 70 sales, of which 13 were distributor.


    The gross values for these 13 were as follows (highest to lowest):
















    All my images are exclusive to Alamy - I think that means that from distributor sales I get about 33% or thereabouts, but as you can see, some of them are (for these days) reasonable fees (In this period I have had no $$$ sales of any kind), and given the numbers also, I am happy to continue in the distributor scheme


    Hope this helps




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  2. 16 hours ago, Christine M Baker said:



    I am new to Alamy, do you see a lot of $1  sales ?    I don't have thousands of images up yet, I am still uploading,  but the one sale I got was $25.  Is this the average price?


    One sale I got from another Stock House  was actually  25 cents !


    Any comment would be appreciated

    My average for the 661 sales in 2020 was $28. (and that included one sale for $2200 !!)



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  3. An end to a fairly appalling year - good riddance 2020!


    661 sales (2019: 858); $18,524 gross (2019: $23,817) Best year for sales and income was 2016 with 858 sales and $27,798)


    Views also down - 2020: 314,000,  2019: 429,000,  as were zooms,  2020: 2231;   2019: 2823


    Mainly I think due to 1. COVID;  2. Most of my portfolio are travel images and 3. Relatively few images uploaded this year (1,500)


    Two positives: June 2020 saw my highest ever gross sale at $2,200 which cleared very quickly, and June also saw the highest number of zooms in one day (35)


    Bring on 2021 and bring back travel!!


    Happy New Year everybody!



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  4. Thanks Alamy. I thought the audio and video quality were pretty good! I remember when James West did a video dressed in rather everyday clothing people moaned about that looking unprofessional. Now still people are moaning about what I thought was a very professional production given the circumstances with COVID that we are all going through.


    I do feel that Alamy needs to increase its advertising of itself, and maybe with the resources of PA Media behind them they now will be able to do this more effectively than in the past.


    I am pleased to hear about the increased importance given to chasing unpaid image usage, though I do wonder, given the very small amounts of money involved in many image sales, whether this will be financially viable, so will wait to see what happens with this.


    Interested to hear about changes to the search engine, though rather wary I am afraid. In the past when Alamy has made changes to the search engine this has too often lead to disastrous mistakes which have often needed to be reversed and have taken time to do so. Please Alamy try and do this right!!!


    Good to hear no plans to further erode the % of profit transferred to the photographers.


    These communications with us, the contributors are what I think makes Alamy rather different from other stock libraries. Thanks Emily for continuing them.


    Meantime everyone, enjoy Christmas and keep safe and well.



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  5. "So long as you have annotated that the image contains people/property, and that there are no releases, the onus will be on the customer to clear the image for commercial use if that was what they wanted to use it for."


    This is a quote from the original Alamy advice as quoted by Shergar above (thanks for that)


    The only problem with this is that people who are trying to sue tend to employ a "spatter gun" approach, in the hope of spreading the net far and wide. What Alamy's advice is suggesting is that if the image is annotated correctly, and then used inappropriately, the photographer will be fine and the person/company who bought and used the image is at fault. Unfortunately this does not prevent the photographer being involved, though hopefully in the end all will be OK. 


    As I remember a previous Alamy colleague commenting: "The ball keeps bouncing"


    I wonder if Alamy has been contacted by this artists' lawyers, and also presumably the purchasers of the image?



  6. Glenn,


    Really sorry to hear this is happening to you. I had some worries about this about 7-8 years ago.


    Can I recommend you get hold of this book?


    "Legal Handbook for Photographers". by Bert P. Krages .


    It is an american book. Krages is "an attorney who specializes in intellectual property matters, and is nationally recognized as a public advocate for the rights of photographers to document what they see in public places." (taken verbatim from the "About the author". He also used to be a stock photographer.


    I have the 3rd edition, publ. 2012, but it is now in its 4th edition. 


    I found it extremely useful - it has sections on: 


    Access to property

    Privacy issues

    Restrictions on subject matter

    Confrontations & Remedies


    etc etc.


    Its only about $25. 


    Frankly I would recommend any american stock photographer , or anyone who has photos taken in America, to buy it. 


    It also reads very well and easily. No legal jargon.


    Frankly, it might even be worth contacting him!!!


    Best wishes for what happens!



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  7. 9 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Our news said this evening there had been two cases of serious allergic reactions in the UK.  Not sure if both, but at least one of those persons carries an epi pen. It may be decided that anyone with serious allergic reactions to other things be recommended  to not have the shot. Early days and reports, though.

    Apparently both normally carry epipens. I don't think we know what type of allergy they have, but at the moment at least, all people with a record of very severe allergic reactions have been advised not to have the Pfizer vaccine (at least in the UK)



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