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Cambridge Alamy Group - meeting with James Allsworth from Alamy - Summary

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Thank you for posting this, Kumar. Some of us are far away and won't be attending the meetings.

 

Paulette

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Thank you, this is very useful and interesting information. Glad you had a good meetup.

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Interesting to see that search results differ based on who is doing the searching! Makes comparing searches we do as contributors a bit pointless if the customers see totally different results.

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Thank you for taking the time to post all this Doc, hope you all had a swell time.

 

Parm

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Thanks for posting Kumar. Despite arranging this meeting I was not able to attend and am sorry to have missed it.

 

The contents of your post have made me feel happier for my future with Alamy and I hope it will do so for others who read your post.

 

Allan

 

 

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Thanks to Doc for the report, and  thanks to James for the info.

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Thanks for the report - quite useful.

 

"Can Alamy find a way of blocking “presentation Use” like they can presently block “Personal use”?

 

They will look at doing that if sufficient numbers of contributors request it."

 

Can it be noted that after having three of the damned things already this month that I really, really, really want this Presentation Use licence to be quickly and quietly put to death?  Please?  It is so open to abuse.

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3 hours ago, Doc said:

In AIM, the "Categories" under the optional tab are mainly useful for the sales personnel at Alamy when they are looking for appropriate images for a client

 

I wonder if this is, or perhaps was, also true of the Location field since it's not searchable on the front end.

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4 hours ago, Doc said:

What does "Exclusive to Alamy" actually mean from the POV of maintaining 50% share and not having Alamy penalise you?

 

Basically not having your images also for sale on any other stock site which takes any percentage for selling your images. It is OK to have images marked "Exclusive to Alamy" and also sell them from your personal website, put on social media, or sold for print use via Fine Art America. Alamy will penalise photographers who are found to be in breach of this.

 

 

We were running out of time at the end (due to parking constraints) and some of the answers got a bit rushed. There was some late discussion on similars and whether further clarification would be added to the contract.

 

As I understood James answer regarding similars, they only count as similars if they originate from the same actuation; so if the same shot is cropped or made B&W or processed differently, then if one of these resulting images is not exclusive then they all are not exclusive. If however you shoot two separate near identical images of a static object, Alamy will not treat them as similar for commision purposes.

 

I hope I got this one right as it will significantly impact the long laborious work ahead of me to set all my images to the right status.

 

I'm not sure what the answer was for whether we have the final wording of the contract or whether any further clarification is expected.

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Hi there,

 

It was great to attend, catch up with you face to face and answer all your questions.

 

I'll try and get down to another one in the not too distant future.

 

Cheers

 

James A

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36 minutes ago, andremichel said:

 

We were running out of time at the end (due to parking constraints) and some of the answers got a bit rushed. There was some late discussion on similars and whether further clarification would be added to the contract.

 

I'm not sure what the answer was for whether we have the final wording of the contract or whether any further clarification is expected.

 

We may well update contract wording at a later date but will probably just add more clarification via the help pages in the interim.

 

Cheers

 

James A

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Many thanks for the update Kumar, very interesting.

 

You mentioned the US Office. Has the Australian office been mentioned? Any indication how it's doing? Thanks.

 

Gen

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Hi Gen!

it wasn’t specifically mentioned at the meeting - but we did get rather rushed and ran out of time at the end!

Kumar 

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3 minutes ago, Doc said:

Hi Gen!

it wasn’t specifically mentioned at the meeting - but we did get rather rushed and ran out of time at the end!

Kumar 

 

No problems. Thank you for the feed back.

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Thanks Doc,

 

really useful post. Couldn't make it this time - but plan to attend the next one.

 

Michael 

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Thank you @Docfor sharing the info and for Alamy for providing it. One of the many things that make Alamy stand out from the crowd, in a very positive way.

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Many thanks for taking the trouble to provide this very interesting report Doc.  James's comments on Alamy ranking confirm what I have been suspecting for quite some time.

I would love to be able to attend one of your meetings but Cambridge seems to take for ever to get to from here.  Maybe I'll be in the area one day.

 

Pearl

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2 minutes ago, Pearl said:

Many thanks for taking the trouble to provide this very interesting report Doc.  James's comments on Alamy ranking confirm what I have been suspecting for quite some time.

I would love to be able to attend one of your meetings but Cambridge seems to take for ever to get to from here.  Maybe I'll be in the area one day.

 

Pearl

Would be quite a trek , Pearl!!

 

Kumar

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1 minute ago, Doc said:

Would be quite a trek , Pearl!!

 

Kumar

 

 

6 minutes ago, Pearl said:

Many thanks for taking the trouble to provide this very interesting report Doc.  James's comments on Alamy ranking confirm what I have been suspecting for quite some time.

I would love to be able to attend one of your meetings but Cambridge seems to take for ever to get to from here.  Maybe I'll be in the area one day.

 

Pearl

 

We will announce this soon as a separate post but next meeting will be May 22nd in Cambridge. Rolf must currently hold the distance record coming from Stockholm for the last meeting. From experience it is about a 6 hour drive from Cambridgeshire to Anglesey (depending on the state of the M6) so that might be longer in time than Rolf's journey. Pearl might be better off setting up a group in north Wales. There must be lots of contributors in the region. 

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