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About griangraf

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  1. That's a question to ask directly. Either way it's fast becoming a moot point as sales continue to fall and I am starting to wonder is there any reason to stay if the trend is towards low returns all the time.
  2. At this stage I'm growing more and more confused. Where can we see the full contract that is currently valid and will be replaced by the new one? I can only find the payment terms.
  3. Can someone tell me where we can see the full current contract? All I can find is the box with the discontinued payment models but not the detailed terms. Thanks.
  4. This is a very good point and one of many that needs clarification. If I understand you corrrectly it would also mean that any mistake by a distributor or by Alamy whereby an image that a contributor deleted was left on sale and caused an issue of some sort then that would be the contributor's responsibility and he or she might have to indemnify Alamy??? The very fact that contributors are having to grapple with such harsh clauses is a real shock. This is particularly important in that one option contributors have now is to take down all photos they feel could in some way lead to an issue. Bu
  5. Your comment is rightly getting upvotes. I too share your feelings about licences awarded in perpetuity for a dollar or two. If there are changes coming in a badly-thought out and unfair contract then photographers should have the option to stop sales in perpetuity. I recently had two photos sold in perpetuity for a couple of dollars and it had the same horrible impact you experienced. Anyone else who feels strongly about this practice might consider upvoting your post. This is also directly related to the suggestion in the new contract that photos might be handed freely to customers without o
  6. The level of confusion and frustration is now awful and will be difficult to clear up.We can only hope Alamy steps back a bit and makes it easier for contributors to stay.
  7. The whole thing strikes me as confusing, aggressive and ill-timed. (not to mention the ridiculous Gold title.) It's not the first time it's been hard to understand announcements or contract changes. Alamy have messed up before but this time the changes seem sweeping and harsh on contributors. In particular what Mark Chapman refers to (4.1.5 and 4.1.6) need explaining because if the words mean what they say there is no way anyone should sign the contract. If I mark sth editorial only or PU only then that's what it should be. It would be appreciated if these was a clear statement in the contract
  8. Forgive the question Rolf but were you actually paid by Alamy for the original sale? I have only ever received money from Alamy if a sale clears. I always thought that if a sale cleared the customer who bought it had paid for it and the matter was closed. If it never clears the possibility of a refund continues to exist? Or am I mistaken? Can a cleared Sale be refunded?
  9. Sorry, but the chances that you will be better off are slim. Unless of course you have hundreds of thousands of images. I think there will be a significant exit from SS but probably not big enough to stop them and other agencies lowering prices.
  10. As far as I'm concerned the emergence of Unsplash, Pixabay etc has further added to the pressure on Microstock. The billions of views and free downloads there show the extent to which some outlets couldn't care less what photo they use as long as its free. To be fair some of the material on Unsplash is good so God knows why photographers put it up there. I believe some use it as a showcase. SS are making a mistake though, we are now so swamped with photos that only top quality or rare material has a real future. What's going on over at SS and on Twitter today is unreal.I can understand that ma
  11. Hi I just wanted to ask if anyone else is having trouble with the download your data button? All I get is "System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at ASP.myupload_metadatadownloadhandler_aspx.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)". I have been trying for a while now so something is not the way it should be regardless of whether I use Chrome or Firefox. Regards
  12. Fully agree with you, we should be able to set a time limit.
  13. It might mean that and let's hope it will but this is unlikely to be a good development. It's further proof that the subscription / download pack is king and photographers will have to upload more and more photos to achieve decent earnings.
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