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Gordon Scammell

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  1. 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.
  2. 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....
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Not stock related as such but I am desperately searching for a battery holder for a Pentax 645n - the holder that takes 6xAA batteries. If anyone happens to find one in the back of the wardrobe and wants to sell it please let me know. Otherwise the camera becomes a doorstop.
  13. I may be wrong but I doubt if anyone has been asked for 'photos of coastlines being removed...' I am not a NT supporter but am a member as I use their carparks for free when I am photographing their coastlines - and nobody has ever asked me to remove photographs of 'their' coastlines. St Michael's Mount is owned by the NT - check out the number of St Michael's Mount on Alamy.
  14. 'Location guide for a home owner' - yes. I'd also like a clear explanation of this licence - especially as it includes 'repeat use'.
  15. It would be quite useful if Alamy could let us know if this site was legit.
  16. Yes Joseph, you are probably correct. But 1$? In perpetuity? Really? It's not right. It is skewed too much to the student. Make it $20 or £$15 at least. For me to get that particular image meant an hour driving to London, £15 for parking, a long and awkward crawl dragging tripod and camera gear through a tunnel, a 4 hour wait, a return through the tunnel, and an hour long drive home. For $1? Pfft!
  17. OK. I'm happy to help students and see them licence images for as low as $1. What I am not happy about is licensing an image to a student for $1 IN PERPETUITY. This is plainly wrong.
  18. I think Alamy has given you the answer. If Alamy have said your images are more suited to general stock where is the confusion? Seems a straight answer to me. If you feel your images they may fail QC don't submit them. What would I do? If I feel my images won't pass QC I won't submit them.
  19. I don't think you really understand the difference between stock and Live News. Despite your '...very special press pass...' you are uploading via stock which means you have to wait for them to go through a process. If you apply for Live News access and get it your images will be available to potential customers within about 15 mins. If you cannot upload images to Live News within a couple of hours of making them then maybe you need to rethink your approach and workflow. It is not Alamy's fault - it is your basic misunderstanding of the process.
  20. Tenuous. I still think that is 4 separate uses. Alamy did licence an image of mine to a holiday firm 8 times for 8 holiday brochures. That seemed sensible to me but I feel licences that cover 3 or 4 separate but connected uses should not be covered by just one licence. Thanks for the reply though.
  21. 'Usage: Editorial use, One of each of the following uses: Presentation, student project, editorial website, small book (up to 1000 print run, not front cover), small magazine/newspaper (up to 1000 print run. Worldwide license. Excludes advertising and promotion.Start: 03 April 2019Duration: In perpetuity' In my view - and no doubt lots of folk will disagree - this licence is for 4 different uses. It should be 4 separate licences. But who am I to know I'm just the mug who presses the button.
  22. No criticism but why would you want to make your images exclusive to a stock company that sells images for (usually) very little? Doesn't sound like good business to me.
  23. Thanks for the report - quite useful. "Can Alamy find a way of blocking “presentation Use” like they can presently block “Personal use”? They will look at doing that if sufficient numbers of contributors request it." Can it be noted that after having three of the damned things already this month that I really, really, really want this Presentation Use licence to be quickly and quietly put to death? Please? It is so open to abuse.
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