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Gordon Scammell

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  1. I have been photographing anything and everything for many years now. I still do so and thoroughly enjoy it. In the editing process I choose the best and they get sent to a library that curates tightly - a process I am always happy with. From those that are accepted I choose a few, get them framed and they get displayed and sold via a local restaurant. The remainder gets submitted her. They bring in paltry sums with the occasional $$$. I lost my enthusiasm for Alamy many years ago.
  2. I think they have the idea all mapped out and locked away waiting for the right time to launch it. I would also pull all my images immediately.
  3. How bad can it get? When Alamy decide to charge contributors a fee to upload images. Or they could introduce a storage fee for each image. Unfortunately there will still be contributors who will be more than happy to pay to upload their work.
  4. Yes, still contributing but the' better stuff' is submitted elsewhere.
  5. Apologies!!!! It is there but way down the list. Glad it is still there as I'm finding it quite useful. I'll shut up now.
  6. So the thread - all 119 pages - has been wiped. Is Alamy embarrassed by it? There was a pile of useful info contained in those pages. A somewhat cowardly action methinks....
  7. Me too. Too many hours invested but the relationship will change. On a plus note I have found another non-stock outlet. I have been tremendously lucky in finding an outlet willing to display framed images. Big plus - NO COMMISSION!! The outlet has said 'Why should we charge you to decorate our walls?' Together with a friendly understanding framer I can now make £50 clear profit on every image sold. They have also asked me to produce a series of card framed postcards. Profit is £2.50 per sale - and they do sell. In the last 5 weeks I have made more than Alamy ear
  8. Sorry, but you have absolutely no idea how that image was going to be used. You lift Alamy's restrictions and it's open season on that image. A dodgy customer can promise everything in return for the restrictions being lifted and once that happens they do what they like with it. That's only view of course - you can obviously make whatever decisions you wish. Good luck.
  9. How did Alamy 'arrange for the customer to take on any risk'? Do you know for a fact that the customer took on the risk? If so, how did the customer tell you they 'took on the risk' and what proof did they supply to you? If you believe that the 'customer took on the risk' and agreed to lift the restrictions then you are opening yourself up to possible legal action. Alamy lays down the rules regarding releases for legal reasons. By asking you to break their rules simply to make a sale tells me all I need to know about Alamy's approach. I have been asked on a f
  10. Exactly! This is a really important subject yet contributors insist on wandering away with whimsical irrelevant stories. This is what Alamy wants. They must be p-----g themselves laughing at us. Bracing myself for the red arrows from the skulking cowards.
  11. Why has this comment been given one of those pathetic red arrow things? Own up you coward. Nothing wrong with the comment. It's absolutely spot on - so have a green to compensate!
  12. Had an email from Alamy yesterday asking if I would be willing to lift restrictions on an image a customer wanted to buy. The image is marked as 'No model release' 'No property release' I replied that I would consider it providing I was told what the licence price was. I am certainly not going to put myself up for legal action for pennies - despite meaningless platitudes from Alamy saying the third party will do this and that regarding rights. I was then told Alamy cannot divulge finances etc - which i understand. I replied in view of the new contract changes I was n
  13. We all know what is going to happen in about a week's time. After a couple of weeks of criticism there will be an 'important announcement' from Alamy burbling on about how 'they have listened to our contributors' and 'in response we have decided to....' and there will be some tinkering eg. dropping the £25k threshold to a lower threshold or some other fiddling with the contract. Contributors will then fall over themselves to post messages '...thanks Alamy for listening to us....' Alamy will be wetting their panties in glee at how gullible some contributors are.
  14. I have been with Alamy for quite a number of years. They were a good company then. But since I joined I have seen Alamy slowly go downhill. They are now a pretty piss-poor organisation to deal with. No real interest in chasing up infringements. Handing out ridiculous discounts to anyone who asks. Creating licences that vastly favour the customer and sacrificing the photographer rights. How low they will stoop to sell an image has yet to be discovered. When the new 'exclusivity' offer was announced I thought very long and hard as to whether I should make the huge effort of g
  15. Thanks for the suggestion Brian and apologies for not replying sooner. The item I am after is the one that takes 6 x AA batteries - I should have mentioned that in the original posting. My Pentax is draining batteries very quickly - a new battery holder is the last resort in trying to sort out the problem before the camera is consigned to the bin.
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