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  1. 21 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

     

     

    Congratulations.  Yes this is a big issue, there is now incentive for Alamy to delay sales reporting.  

    Hmmm. As we don’t know how the system works difficult to say. My book cover use will get whatever the commission rate is at the time of billing I’m told even though it’s already been published. A live news use from 8 months ago that I have pestered them about for several months has been earmarked as needing to be billed this month so it qualifies for 50%. A query about a license that may be incorrect and probably incurs a higher license fee….in my view ought to be billed as 50% if the original license is incorrect. But if they just issue a new one…..

  2. On 06/06/2021 at 17:11, Michael Ventura said:

    My CTR has dipped to .67, the lowest is has been in years....I usually hover around 1.0

    I really really wonder how much attention to pay to CTR. Mine has stubbornly stuck around 0.4 no matter what I do. I have healthy zooms, now around 60-70 a month. I have decent sales, too. When, occasionally, I use a search term to see how high up my images are, they are generally on the first or second page. So I tend to not worry about CTR any more.

  3. 11 hours ago, AlanC said:

    A "discounted re-use" for this one - which was actually slightly more $$ than the original sale back in May!  I'll be going back soon, must take some more...

     

    Country: United Kingdom
    Usage: Newspaper,Editorial print and digital use. cover or inside.One time use only., Discounted re-use
    Industry sector: Media, design & publishing
    Start: 09 June 2021
    End: 09 June 2023

     

    The Low Light on the Isle of May, Scotland.

     

    The Low Light, Isle of May, Scotland Stock Photo

    I saw that in a newspaper the other day but unfortunately cannot remember which one.

  4. I’ve only had a cursory look so far at the rewording, which appears to simplify the language, nevertheless a thorough examination of the contract is a wake up call. I will be taking similar steps to others: deleting any images I think could cause problems, making all images with no model or property releases editorial only for now, making all exclusive images (most of my portfolio) non-exclusive before the new contract kicks in…but the problem still remains that Alamy is taking more than I get for any image sold and I am not comfortable with that. I am not bailing out but what I upload here will be less than I did before.

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  5. On 27/05/2021 at 23:37, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    I've just found one of my images being used but it hasn't shown up in my sales.

     

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/why-the-world-still-needs-the-simple-pleasures-of-the-honda-super-cub/ar-AAKjlK6#comments

     

    It seems it was used 4 days ago

     

    What to do, it hasn't happened to me before, well not that I know of anyway ?

     

    Thanks in advance 

     

    Carol

    Use on msn is usually an (unfortunately legitimately) copied article from another newspaper so you need to find the original use.

  6. 58 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I use LR, but not the catalog.

    Not sure what you mean. If your images aren’t “in” LR, then you can simply import them from wherever you store them, then use the plugin to capture the Alamy data. It’s a bit fiddly at first until you have the photos in your catalogue matched with those on Alamy but after that there are huge benefits.

  7. 3 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

    Related, anyone found a way to modify deleted images that are still in the 6 months waiting period?  I might have to email Alamy for those.

    I know that I boringly keep banging on about Alamy Lightroom Bridge, but again, this is something you can do with images that are in limbo waiting to be deleted. Otherwise you cannot.

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  8. 16 minutes ago, Shelly R said:

    I am still a bit confused about what happens to me now as a "Blue model" contributor? Does my original contract remain in effect, or will I be going from 50% commission on my exclusively Alamy images to 20% if sales continue to be slow? (With no difference in commission between Exclusive and Non-Exclusive images any longer--and regardless of Silver/Gold/Platinum level?

    As far I understand it, whichever contract you are on, it will change to the new one, whatever the exact clauses. You will be a Gold contributor to start with, and depending on whether you hit $250 GROSS sales during 2021/2022 you will either remain on Gold at 40% commission or go down to 20% on the Silver commission rate. If at any time during 2021/2022 your gross sales hit $250, you’ll automatically go up to the Gold 40% commission rate.

     

    Easy to understand n’est pas? 😗

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  9. 2 hours ago, Paul J said:

     

    Good photo, I assume its in the Scottish edition in print, saw it online. Why not bypass Alamy live and sell direct? Then if you can be bothered, then upload as stock. You'll make 100% of the money and build contacts. 99+% of my income is direct sales. 

     

    Thanks Paul. That has been suggested to me before. Not familiar with how to do it, not sure whether I can be bothered with the paperwork. Worth mulling over as the extra work involved in many news shoots is worth more than 40% IMO.

     

    It wasn’t actually in the Scottish print version: they had a photographer working for the shoot so were sending out free photos and used one of those, hence I was surprised anything of mine was used at all.

     

    Sorry for the diversion...back to the thread.

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  10. On 25/05/2021 at 16:11, Hodderauthor said:

    But under this new contract, I'm not sure that's enough. Clause 4.1.5 gives Alamy the right to exploit any licence they see fit, effectively, which suggests they won't follow photographer-set restrictions such as Editorial Use Only. Indeed, if you go onto Alamy and select an image you've labelled as "Editorial Use Only" you'll see that Alamy put a banner above the prices saying "Available for Editorial and personal Use Only. Get in touch for commercial uses." To which I want to say, "Er, no! It's editorial use only!"

     

    If Alamy can't be trusted to respect photographer-set restrictions, then it's not safe for me to continue with them (especially, if we're liable for everyone else's mistakes).

     

    No, I don’t read that clause that way as I said in a previous post, though it could be worded much more clearly. The sentence is “

    1. except for any rights that have previously been licensed or granted in relation to the Content, there is not and will not be during the term of this Contract, be any limitation or restriction on Alamy’s ability to license the Content;”

    The highlights state, IMHO, that Alamy can license as they see fit except for the rights a contributor has allowed. They can sell an image for pennies, make it for. 5 or 10 years or forever, but only within the restrictions that you’ve given. 

  11. 8 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    Might have been good if they'd mentioned the significance of the 'Editorial only' check-box here. An opportunity missed, or perhaps they don't know themselves.

    Yes, that doesn’t help me at all. I still don’t know if I should Mark anything without releases as editorial only eg people on a beach. If they don’t clarify that, I will err on the cautious side and do so. If that restricts sales, they will have to contact me to lift it.

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  12. 4 hours ago, Cryptoprocta said:

    Following on the above, I have previously taken the peer advice that for RM images we didn't need to tick the editorial box, only indicate that releases were needed for commercial use/not available.

    Now wanting to take a more belt and braces approach, I want to tick editorial on these files.

    In Image Manager, I did a search on 'not model released' and ticked editorial only on the 'newest  500 passed', ditto 'contains property'.

    Is there a quick way to:

    go through the rest of the files adding editorial only as needed (for extra security)

    TIA.

    Only by using Alamy Lightroom Bridge. You just choose all your uploaded on sale images, use metadata search to find those with no releases, tick editorial only box for them all, the upload Alamy data. 

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  13. 4 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    If you don't annotate, the image shows as unreleased anyway. You wouldn't have marked the image as released, so that should suffice.

    My default is that every image contains property- even a landscape "belongs" to the National Park or whatever. But I don't tick the boxes anymore. Am I going to go back and check? Am I coco.

    Oh well, it’s easy enough to change everything to editorial only using Alamy Lightroom Bridge. Then, if I can be bothered change individual photos back.

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