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2 minutes ago, Gina Kelly said:

Alamy - where is the loyalty to your photographers, especially to those of us who have been with you, and loyal to you,  for a long time? To those of us who are providing you with exclusive content year after year? Every year there are fewer and fewer incentives to continue the hard work that goes into being a stock photographer. Every year we see our work being sold for lower and lower prices.  I stopped being surprised by these contract changes a long time ago. Why not put the effort into motivating and providing incentives to us to keep at it, rather than slowly beating us down like this?  I'm not one of those who is on the forum moaning about every little thing. I've bitten my tongue over and over, tried not to complain about the changes, tried to remain positive and just "work harder!" but I'm losing steam. This has become demoralizing. 

Totally agree 100%

It seems the loyalty is just one sided.

Alamy you are shameful.

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3 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

 

The opt out is open for the next three months. 

As said above, but the distrubution page still says "You can add territories at any time, but you can only deselect territories in April."

Memo to self: don't always believe what you read.

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2 minutes ago, Cryptoprocta said:

As said above, but the distrubution page still says "You can add territories at any time, but you can only deselect territories in April."

 

 

But you can. See what others have written above. 

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Its a shame but not unexpected, I see predict to further cuts to royalties down the line. Is anyone on here actually in the platinum level?  I'm not there yet!

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1 minute ago, geogphotos said:

 

 

But you can. See what others have written above. 

See what I wrote above. When the first person said it was possible I did it.

Just proves you can't believe what Alamy tells you. Why would I try to do it when they told me I couldn't?

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Just now, Edd Westmacott said:

Its a shame but not unexpected, I see predict to further cuts to royalties down the line. Is anyone on here actually in the platinum level?  I'm not there yet!

Platinum level is outside the solar system....

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4 hours ago, geogphotos said:

So funny all this talk of the 'core 40%' being maintained as though we should be reassured. 

 

Not long ago it was 65%

Core 40% being maintained ... well for 18 months and then down to 30%..   by then, if you're on Silver, you'll have to pay Alamy everytime they sell one of your photos.

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Is there a 'league table' of stock sites anywhere? Curious as to what other sites I should consider joining now.

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9 minutes ago, Edd Westmacott said:

Its a shame but not unexpected, I see predict to further cuts to royalties down the line. Is anyone on here actually in the platinum level?  I'm not there yet!

 

If you're not there with over 65,000 images it's hard to imagine that anyone is! 

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4 minutes ago, BarryD said:

Is there a 'league table' of stock sites anywhere? Curious as to what other sites I should consider joining now.

All agencies have their catches... The industry is very tricky and you're going to be hard stretched to get favourable rates unless you do it all yourself (which is not really a possibility for most people if you only do stock).

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I'm never surprised by the methods and frequency that corporates demotivate their contributors (and/or workers ). By the levels of collective discontent, and reading the (already) 6 pages of comments, it's clear that Alamy have achieved this spectacularly.

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54 minutes ago, hotbrightsky said:

If anyone wants to PROTEST against this move without deleting their entire image collection (yet):

 

  1. Go to Alamy Image Manager
  2. Select all images (or large batches)
  3. Go to Optional menu
  4. Check Restrictions for Personal, Editorial and one other use category!

If Alamy decides to reconsider then simply reverse the process.

 

 

Right, that's all 3K of my images restricted against 'Personal', 'Editorial' and 'Advertising and promotion' use. 

 

If Alamy makes a sale in the remaining 'Consumer goods' category I'll retire on the earnings, and they're welcome to claim their 60% commission!

 

Unfortunate but necessary I feel.

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4 minutes ago, Gina Kelly said:

 

If you're not there with over 65,000 images it's hard to imagine that anyone is! 

I think if they halved the platinum level to 12.5K or even 10K then it would still only benefit a few hundred photographers out of the thousands on alamy.

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Will Alamy change images from "Exclusive" to "Non-exclusive" on request once the contract changes take effect?  When the last change was made, I asked Alamy to change all but a handful of my images to "Exclusive", and they helpfully obliged.

 

I have no hope of reaching Platinum.  There will, therefore, be no ongoing benefit to me to having images marked as Excusive to Alamy.  Indeed, the reverse is true.  Even though I will have no less commission deducted for having the images marked as Exclusive, Alamy will be able, in principle, to recover from me costs of enforcement action it takes against infringement, even if I do not request or agree that action, if any image proves not to be exclusive.  Unless there is a realistic prospect of achieving Platinum, there is no longer any point in warranting that any images are Exclusive.  Clauses 2.7 and 2.10 of the new terms can never benefit any contributor who will not reach Platinum, they can only operate against the contributor (for no additional reward to the contributor).  The fair way forward would have been for the new terms to limit the effects of clause 2.7 and 2.10 to contributors who are in the Platinum band (because they are the only ones who can benefit from the lesser rate of commission deducted for Exclusive images).  

 

Perhaps Alamy would be good enough to confirm that they will make the change to non-Exclusive portfolio-wide on request, or confirm that the clauses dealing with Exclusivity will be amended so as to apply only to contributors within the Platinum tier.

 

Graham

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of course, an amaizing change that actually will be worse for almost everybody... I just remember a time not that far away when everybody was getting 50%...

You are just lying. There are no reason to take more from us, especially if sales are increasing as you are saying. 

Is it legit to insult you, at this stage, like all the other thief agencies in the microstock work, because you are microstock as well.

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2 minutes ago, Paul J said:

Having been absolutely roasted yesterday for moaning about Alamy - look at all my red arrows!!  I’m chuckling away here. 

 

Really? 

 

What a strange reaction to bad news. Yes I've given you a red arrow. 

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I read in the blog about the increasing importance of building partnerships and distribution networks.

 

In which case making it less attractive for contributors to participate seems to be rather perverse. 

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With infringements my hunch is that before long the incredibly helpful staff at Contributors will be instructed not to give out information about downloads and licences. 

 

Just as happened when Alamy got wind of money to be taken from contributors through DACS.

 

Does it continue to regard itself as an ethical company, the photographer's friend, occupying the high ground? I hope not.

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7 minutes ago, Graham said:

Perhaps Alamy would be good enough to confirm that they will make the change to non-Exclusive portfolio-wide on request, or confirm that the clauses dealing with Exclusivity will be amended so as to apply only to contributors within the Platinum tier.

I'd second that.

I've just changed a bunch to non exclusive and in the process of uploading them to other libraries.

Not something I want to do but the economics of Alamy's new contract means that many contributors are left with very little choice but to start supplying other agencies.

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15 minutes ago, Graham said:

Perhaps Alamy would be good enough to confirm that they will make the change to non-Exclusive portfolio-wide on request

 

I don't see why they wouldn't since they've made it clear that Exclusivity is worthless to them (and us).

 

They will also apply Restrictions to entire portfolios on request in my experience.

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