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Bill Kuta

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    15 Feb 2004

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  1. Yep, negative cleared balance here too. I see that the accounting detail for the "Other Fees" is "Rev/Manual Credit" followed by the image reference number, so it is specifically a reversal of the Manual Credits in early May. So did that boost my June 1 payout by the two $20 Manual Credits in early May? I would presume a Manual Credit is a cleared amount.
  2. I had two $20 Other Fees today. For me, they corresponded to two $20 Other Income (or Manual Credit in the Account Balance report) entries in early May, which I had concluded were in error and would be reversed. For the long-story version, see my "In the wrong direction again" thread a little farther down.
  3. And today's look-ahead shows two "Other Fees" of $20 each. (See my bolding in the expanded text above.)
  4. I'm doing quite well compared to last year, but I think it's pretty meaningless to compare to the full-Covid year. Compared to an average of 2017-2019, I have a little more than half of sales and a little less than half of revenue.
  5. Thanks to Alexandre for creating the interview and to Robz for posting it. My best years at Alamy by far were 2007 through 2010, with about half the portfolio as now. Then from 2010 to 2011, my sales went down about 50% and my revenue by about 75%. I was pursuing other platforms at the time, and had stopped submitting to Alamy from Oct 2010 to Sep 2011. Apparently Alamy's ranking counted regularity of submissions rather highly at the time; before 2011 I was submitting consistently and often. Since then, sales have recovered and even exceeded 2007-2010, but revenue is ta
  6. In my experience, when an organization refers to "commercial photography", they often mean a planned shoot with models, lighting, tripods, carts of equipment, etc. OTOH, when I've asked such an organization for clarification about stock photography, they usually had no idea what I was talking about. Overall, though, I think we are now in an era where it doesn't suffice to find there is an absence of rules about photography at a venue. We should probably try to get positive confirmation that what we want to do is OK, and also assume that some years hence it will no long
  7. What if some of the emailed Q&A's would be helpful to other contributors? Are we supposed to be posting our correspondence here?
  8. While the liability verbiage may have been in the Alamy contract in about the same words forever, sometimes the liability ground shifts beneath us, as organizations start asserting various intellectual property rights that they had not stated before. Two or three years ago I received an email from a lawyer representing an old Washington DC organization, demanding that I take down my images from there. Since their photography policy then stated that images from there could not be used for profit, I complied and took down those images. When she started asking about what income I had
  9. Oh, I'm actually leaving, and it feels better all the time. (Yes, I have asked about being able to un-terminate, and about possible expedited deletion of images for those who want to stay, but I was just trying to suggest things Alamy might be able to do to help contributors, and to see whether they had any interest in helping. But not for me.) To my list of reasons (creeping liability, eroding commission rates, eroding licensing fees, ballooning licensing rights, and PA's possible conflict of interest), I'd like to add Alamy's apparent interest in finding yet more way to market ou
  10. Actually, I found it interesting to see how many fails I had. In one year when my Canon 5D dust collection came to fruition, I had more fails than passes. But as I said, no fails since 2009. Putting it all together in a spreadsheet by year, along with number of sales and gross revenue.
  11. As I put it in my termination email weeks ago, I feel that current management is taking Alamy in a direction that is not beneficial to me. For me, that encompasses creeping liability, eroding commission rates, eroding licensing fees, ballooning licensing rights, and PA's possible conflict of interest. Just all too much altogether.
  12. Hmmm...cool trick, but it only worked on the first year I tried, and not thereafter. Edit: Ah, never mind--looking in the wrong place. Cool trick! Edit 2: But it also counts the failed images, so I'll subtract those out (had a couple of bad spells before I realized what a dust hog my Canon 5D was! But no fails since 2009).
  13. Yep, since 2004, been through too many Alamy-induced trawlings through all my images for one thing or another. I'm done.
  14. Thanks! I went through my submissions prior to your list. I noted the first two characters of the Alamy ref numbers, but as you can see in the list, the first two characters (and therefore the Alamy reference numbers) do not exactly maintain chronological order, at least in the A's. AK - Apr 2004 AP - May 2004 AS - Jun 2004 AY - Jul 2004 A1 - Aug 2004 A5 - Sep 2004 A8 - Oct 2004 A1 - Mar 2005 A6 - May 2005 AF - Aug 2005 AJ - Sep 2005 AK - Oct 2005 AR - Nov 2005 AA - May 2006 AB - Jun 2006 AD - Jul 2006 AG - Aug 2006 AJ - Sep 2006 AP - Oct 2006
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