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Chuck Nacke

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About Chuck Nacke

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    Boston, MA, USA
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    Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad....

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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={16BDF2FC-4607-4BBC-A1AC-6C8AC1704530}&name=Chuck+Nacke
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    21 Mar 2005

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  1. If you wish to talk? I am easy to find and happy to talk with you. Are you in Moscow? Chuck
  2. Privet Nailya, Sorry no KOI-8 fonts on this machine. I did spend over ten years in the Soviet Union and what happened after... and my images are licensed by Alamy as well as the other major libraries often, but none of those images include trees or cats. I am an editorial photographer and shoot news, which is a strong point for Alamy, but I feel it is important to mention that "daily news" does not do well in a stock library, the images need to illustrate an ongoing issue. FYI I have hundreds of images of Yeltsin, but only a few on Alamy and other libraries. I also NEVER put the same image on multiple agencies. Life in 2020 in Moscow or the former Soviet Union is interesting if it is done with the current issues in mind. A Russian cat is not, sorry. Where in the "former Soviet Union" are you? My favorite apartment in Moscow was near Metro Universitet. Chuck Yes I have but did not know him well. Why?
  3. Privet Nailya, Sorry no KOI-8 fonts on this machine. I did spend over ten years in the Soviet Union and what happened after... and my images are licensed by Alamy as well as the other major libraries often, but none of those images include trees or cats. I am an editorial photographer and shoot news, which is a strong point for Alamy, but I feel it is important to mention that "daily news" does not do well in a stock library, the images need to illustrate an ongoing issue. FYI I have hundreds of images of Yeltsin, but only a few on Alamy and other libraries. I also NEVER put the same image on multiple agencies. Life in 2020 in Moscow or the former Soviet Union is interesting if it is done with the current issues in mind. A Russian cat is not, sorry. Where in the "former Soviet Union" are you? My favorite apartment in Moscow was near Metro Universitet. Chuck
  4. You all do not get it. G, A & SS (just to name a few of the current majors) partially created this and everyone who happily accepts the shrinking commissions from XYZ agencies is part of the problem. I remember day rates, I remember "combat pay" I remember licensing "First Time rights, Second Time rights etc." I remember not working without retaining the rights to "all images." If you all want to make pictures, fine. If you all want to be paid for making pictures, do it better and don't let anyone license or as too many of you say "sell" them for peanuts. I've heard the same as the OP's URL for over 30 years and I've been part of actions against publishers who tried to grab photographers rights, not much has changed in those years. The main difference is that 30 years ago the "photographers" fighting for their rights were professionals who had years of experience in the business. My own opinion: I will add that there are too many involved in the licensing of images, who are not trained in the profession. Let's not even talk about "Photojournalism." Chuck
  5. Wim and all, The $175,000 USD is a figure set in the U.S. per image. It is a starting figure and one that gets attention quickly. While I do not know any photographer personally who has collected that amount per infringement, like I said it gets attention. I did collect on an unlicensed use of one of my images by one of the three major U.S. television networks and when I started I used the $175,000 figure. My claim was immediately elevated to the top of their corporate office and representing lawyers. We agreed to a high five figure fee and I had payment in my hands within 24 hours. FYI: it is quick and easy to register images online with the U.S. copyright office. I would also caution people to make sure that the image (s) that they suspect to have been used without a license was not licensed by an agent or library. I have and do contribute to several large international libraries and I do not let different libraries represent the same image, I also do not do RF. When I have suspected an unlicensed use of an image represented by Alamy, I have contacted the appropriate person at Alamy and they have been quick to respond and helpful. I am not a copyright lawyer, do not mistake what I have written as "Legal Advice" it is not. If you have a serious copyright question or issue, Do Your Own research or hire a Copyright Lawyer. Chuck
  6. What I have done a number of times is to go after the URL's hosting company. I've been successful about 50% of the time, and I've only gone after large fish, with the small fish, a takedown notice usually works. As per fees charged for unlicensed use, I start at $175,000 plus legal and all collection fees (the 175,000 is one time unlicensed use of a copywritten image under U.S. copyright law.) Keep in mind that I am talking about a U.S. companies infringement and I am U.S. based. Chuck
  7. Stars are not money in the bank. I've had five stars for as long as the system has existed, might be a mistake by Alamy? but since 2003 I've had only one image fail QC and the was because of "size." I make images and Alamy licenses images, if Alamy does not make my images available for license, negotiate the proper fees or do a good job of representing my images, then I will move my images from Alamy. I did believe in Alamy, but recently I've seen licenses that I've have a problem with. I would like to continue to contribute to Alamy, but Alamy will need to prove their worth to me as I need to prove my worth to Alamy. That is the way the "Photo Library" business works in 2020. Chuck
  8. Phil and all, First, I Do Not Like Stock Photography or most "Stock Photographers" I am not now nor have I ever been a "Stock Photographer" I do know Jim and I often do not agree with him I.E. his blog. If you make pictures, fine. If you make pictures for people that wish to publish or use for whatever reason or license, you need to understand your client, market, or the people that are paying to license your images, or if you are doing Royalty Free images (what I consider below Sewer Level) you need to understand that market. I have been in the "Agency business for decades" NOT THE STOCK LIBARY BUSINESS. While I do know "Stock Photographers" who make over 250,000 a year and as a photographer and I have billed over $300,000 a year doing assignment photography for magazines and corporations. I have quit the assignment business, now I spend my hours, days, months and years scanning and preparing images for license by Alamy as well as two of the other major "Stock Agencies" or picture libraries. I will say that for the most part I have been very happy with Alamy. In my opinion they are doing the very best that they can for the contributors. In closing I would say, If you would like to make images for license or for publication, make better images, with better caption and keywords. FYI when I was recruited to Alamy in 2003, my average license for an image, after agency commissions was over $300. I need some more Vodka...... Chuck
  9. Kathy, I was not complaining in any way. In any event it appears on my side that the problems seem to have been corrected, 9/1 10:45 EST. Chuck
  10. Kathy, I am on a PC and have been using Microsoft EDGE. This morning, 9/1, I had to use Chrome to get into AIM. It does appear that Alamy has had some problems with the coding on the site. I've been contributing since 2004 and since Alamy has gone all online, as opposed to mailing CS's to London, I've had more problems with Alamy.com during the last 30 days than I ever had? Chuck
  11. It would appear that there are some problems with the coding on Alamy.com I did need to use a different browser this morning to access AIM? Chuck
  12. Andy, No secret, but I did spend over an hour on the telephone and with Adobe having access to my desktop. Adobe was very helpful. Chuck
  13. From my experience LightRoom (LR) is the best I have seen. It is not easy to learn, but once some basics are down it is fast and wonderful. There are also some tricks to make LR run faster and I only found them after talking with Adobe Tech Support. Chuck
  14. Michael, Very funny. When you have images licensed that were shot from 1985 to 2020 in August of 2020 and that is just with Almay, images shot on film and DSLR's from DCS-460's to D800's. I will take your comments seriously. In my not so humble opinion, you need to spend more time on your own images and less on this forum.... Chuck
  15. I will not go into details, but Jay in my opinion is one of the last "really great" American photographers. From my personal experience with him, we never met in person, was "mind blowing" a great man, I will cherish the small interaction, on the telephone, that we had forever. Jay is and was always a perfect gentleman and a truly a great photographer. Chuck
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