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  1. Alamy replied to contributors:
    "We’re aware that this changes the commission incentive for many contributors to sell exclusively with us, although there will be the benefit of potential infringements revenue as exclusive images will be given a higher priority in any work going on in this area."
    Alamy mentioned infringement(s) eight times within their response to contributor's questions but what they did not inform contributors of is, what benefit there will be for them.
    When Alamy discover an infringement, are they intending to penalise the user of the image, that is, charge them more for not declaring the usage in a timely manner, or is this all covered by the proposed contributor's percentage reduction?  If so, we are penalised for someone using our image and not intending to pay for it?
    Currently, if a contributor reports a usage that has not been declared in their account the contributor often has to wait  perhaps as much as three months or more before they actually receive payment for this usage and in some cases the payment is less than they would have been paid if the usage had been declared at the correct time.
    As it would appear that the contributor is to be financing the cost of Alamy employing others to find and follow up on infingements that Alamy  currently should have been capable of finding themselves anyway is there any future plan to improve on the current situation and provide the contributor with an increased payment when an infringment is followed up on and payment is recovered?


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  2. Thanks to meanderingemu and Matt Ashmore for replying to this thread. I have tried holding my breath Matt but it appears that Mr Masterton is too busy zooming up and down the M8 to reply. Disappointed I never even got a thumbs up or is it the finger.


    meanderingemu wrote, "Considering UK just had a clarification to Police that Professional News Photographers are essential service". The caption in question does not state that

    the Photographer in the photo was a Live News Photographer, so could the caption lead the viewer to the conclusion that the guy is out without good reason "Despite Coronavirus lockdown"





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  3. Hi, Noticed the caption below on an image uploaded to Live News yesterday, I wonder how many contributors would have included Alamy photographer in the caption and if they would why, what value does it bring to the image?

    Thanks in anticipation, for your thoughts.

    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 31 March, 2020. Despite Coronavirus lockdown members of the public are outside exercising and relaxing on Portobello promenade in Edinburgh. Pictured; Alamy photographer takes photo on Portobello beach. Iain Masterton/Alamy Live News

    - Image ID: 2BBGGJC

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  4. Colblimp, you made the correct decision. This was the reply I received from Alamy

    "We have heard back from our team regarding this questionable personal use who explained we have now closed down this case at our end.

    The sale has now been refunded at the request of the customer as it turns out they thought they were actually buying a bottle of Cassis. It sounds silly, but you’d be surprised at how often it happens."

    Aye right, anyone who believes that is on some kind of substance.

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