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  1. Hi, can anyone please tell me how I can change a pseudonym description? Thanks. Kevin
  2. If i read well every pseudonym has own rank.. I want to focus of course just one. My name is Trained Pet Photos and i work with animals usually but what if i want to upload about vintage objects or about children. What customers think if they find an image about a child from TrainedPets? hehe..... But specific pseudonym can be also good because it can bring some unexpected clicks from curious customers? What should I do? Change all my pictures with an irrelevant pseudonym if i want everything in one place or use two or more pseudonyms? What is your opinion It's better to use more or worst? Better to use specific or worse? I Thanks your answer.
  3. Hola! I've been adding photos like a mad woman the last couple of weeks and am up to 46 in my collection with many more to come. And I think I've figured out search terms as 5 photos have shown up in views! Hurray for small victories! I'm curious, do many of you post keywords in two languages? Currently, the vast majority of my photos are from Ecuador as that is my current home. Since Quito was once again selected as one of the top tour destinations in South America (and the world), I hope to capture some of the increased interested in travel and tourism to this beautiful country. It is so much more than the Galapagos... and that place alone is wonderful. I would also appreciate any feedback on the concept pseudonyms - do you use them and if so, why? If you have specifically chosen not to, do you think it has hurt your CTR rating? Looking forward to productive sales in micro-stock photography, Angie
  4. Seems like there has to be a better way for Alamy and its contributors to find copyright infringements. Like many of you, I use Google's reverse image search to try and track down where my Alamy photos have been used. Though I often find plenty of results, they very rarely credit me, either by my name or my Alamy pseudonyms. Though Alamy is often the credit line, it is not at all uncommon to find that somebody else is- presumably another third party stock agency. And with each search, I seem to open a new can of worms that takes me hours to follow up. As examples, I go to my "zooms" for this month and reverse search here. My blogs pop up a couple times, and then there's a real result: a news story in a Slavic language. Three of my images are used, and they are all attributed to a "Profimedia". After some searching, it turns out Profimedia is another stock photo distributor. I can only assume that they are legit and working with Alamy. Another search came up with what appeared to be my photo, but I wasn't sure until I compared it detail for detail for several minutes. This is a photo of the "Apple Garage" in Silicon Valley and there are plenty of other similar photos. Seemed plausible at first that it could have been a very similar photo until I compared the little details. So this image of mine is being used by a German publication and my photo is attributed to another outfit I've never heard of, Mauritius Images. Again I’m assuming that they are on the level and working with Alamy. I’ve been tempted to just call them out and have them explain to me why their name is attributed to my image. Recently I had an experience directly with Alamy that seemed to make enforcing my copyright difficult as well. I knew an old photo of mine had been used for a book cover a couple times. The licenses I see on Alamy both state "Media: Retail book - print only". But I found the book for sale as an ebook and as a Kindle book and contacted Alamy. Their response was it was indeed licensed, but that licenses are issued with a price calculator and can't be 100% specific. I get that but I do find it strange that something that is explicitly excluded in a license would be "covered" by said license. And it makes it nearly impossible to then enforce copyright for contributors or? Again, I’m tempted to just confront the publisher and send them a bill for the extra usage. But if Alamy is making deals that we aren’t privy to, this could end up being embarrassing for all involved. Seems we're leaving a lot of money on the table, both contributors and Alamy. We should be chasing blatant image thieves and making them pay. I understand in licensing that there may be grey areas at times. But there must be better ways. For example: ·Require end users to credit Alamy, or the pseudonym or real name of the copyright holder, never just a third party ·Generate a code that can be used to verify the license that end users are required to display alongside the image ·Use a service like Licenstream that tracks content digitally and follow up on violations ·Generate licenses that are pretty close to the actual use ·Or???? Suggestions? Thoughts? Am I missing something I should be doing?
  5. Hi Alamy, Just noticed an unintended consequence of the new changes to the searchability of pseudonyms which means more work for us! I'm sure this was an oversight.... Manage Images no longer allows us to look at our collections using a pseudonym and keyword combination. It has always allowed us to see: A) everything under one pseudonym (by using the dropdown selector); or B)everything under one keyword by typing the keyword (or a phrase) in the search box; or C) by typing the pseudonym and keyword into the search box we could see all images of that keyword within a given pseudonym Option C) is now no longer available as the new engine does not recognise the pseudonym. So for an agency like us or a contributor with a large collection broken down into pseudonyms they can no longer "manage" keywords or attribution at pseudonym/subject level which is a problem. For example: Let's say that we wanted to know how many images of London we had in PseudA; select a few of a certain area, change some keywords and move them to PseudB. Prior to the changes we'd call up Manage Images and type: "PseudA London" This would return the images where London was a keyword within our PseudA. We could then see and manage those images as a unit within a single pseudonym; or select our 30 or 50 or whatever and drag them to the batch window and set them to PSeudB. Save it and job done. Now, we can't do this so we would have to do that search on the main site, make a list of all the image numbers we wanted to alter and do them one by one... Not good! Could you flag this up as a problem please. That's quite a large chunk of functionality we've lost. Thanks J
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