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Frankly, Alamy's response is about what I expected. I've been happy with my Alamy income over the years, so as mentioned I'll be sticking around despite the changes. I'm not about to toss all the work I've done here out the window. The 40% share is of course discouraging, but I can learn to live with it. As far as the legal stuff goes, it's all Martian to me. It seems to me that lawyers concoct these weasel documents mainly to cover their clients' you-know-whats. It would be nice to have further clarification on the points others have raised, but I'm not holding my breath. That said, the 80% Alamy commission for the Silver Level is awful. If I had been sitting around here for a few years and still wasn't able to make a measly $250 a year, I'd be moving on for sure. As Ian/geogphotos mentioned earlier, Google licensing has the potential to open doors for those who have their own websites. I'll definitely be putting more effort into my PS website as well as looking for other non-micro agencies to place images that have been gathering dust here. Life must go on...

 

 

 

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55 minutes ago, MDM said:

 

Careful with your terminology MizBrown. Remainer is a dirty word in some circles and certainly among several  of the PA media publications as well as some people who might be lurking right now ready to pounce with red arrows. Ouch 🤣

 

Mheh, I have a British friend and also have a private Usenet hierarchy account with British people among others who've discussed Brexit ad nauseum.  :)

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13 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

Frankly, Alamy's response is about what I expected. I've been happy with my Alamy income over the years, so as mentioned I'll be sticking around despite the changes. I'm not about to toss all the work I've done here out the window. The 40% share is of course discouraging, but I can learn to live with it. As far as the legal stuff goes, it's all Martian to me. It seems to me that lawyers concoct these weasel documents mainly to cover their clients' you-know-whats. It would nice to have further clarification on the points others have raised, but I'm not holding my breath. That said, the 80% Alamy commission for the Silver Level is awful. If I had been sitting around here for a few years and still wasn't able to make a measly $250 a year, I'd be moving on for sure. As Ian/geogphotos mentioned earlier, Google licensing has the potential to open doors for those who have their own websites. I'll definitely be putting more effort into my PS website as well as looking for other non-micro agencies to place images that have been gathering dust here. Life must go on...

 

My sentiments exactly. Alamy isn't my biggest money maker compared to the other two sites I contribute to, but it's a nice little chunk of travel money each year, doing something that I enjoy. Contributors were up in arms about the SS changes last June and left in droves (or said they did). I stuck around there too and am now doing better than before their big commission change. While it doesn't make me happy, I will probably stay and continue adding photos.

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8 minutes ago, MizBrown said:

 

Mheh, I have a British friend and also have a private Usenet hierarchy account with British people among others who've discussed Brexit ad nauseum.  :)

 

Yes but I bet there are a lot of people who won't be leaving Alamy who won't want to be termed Remainers. Me I have no problem with it although I am not decided yet. 😆

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3 minutes ago, MDM said:

 

Yes but I bet there are a lot of people who won't be leaving Alamy who won't want to be termed Remainers. Me I have no problem with it although I am not decided yet. 😆

 

Better a Remainer than a Remoaner. 😄

 

That said, I can understand why some forum members have decided to pack their bags. Can't blame them really. Everyone's situation is different.

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2 hours ago, Sally said:

What I would rather see Alamy spend money on is getting their reporting systems into the 21st century. I have had to email them countless times to report unreported uses, thereby making them a lot more money than they would otherwise have had. It's very time-consuming on my part to find and report these uses. For example, I was assured over a year ago that they were sorting out the fact that one of their clients has NEVER reported uses on an Instagram account. But nothing has changed......

A red arrow for this...OK I’ll shut up.

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10 minutes ago, KFisher said:

 

My sentiments exactly. Alamy isn't my biggest money maker compared to the other two sites I contribute to, but it's a nice little chunk of travel money each year, doing something that I enjoy. Contributors were up in arms about the SS changes last June and left in droves (or said they did). I stuck around there too and am now doing better than before their big commission change. While it doesn't make me happy, I choose to leave my photos up and will be adding more.

 

Interesting to hear about your experiences at that other place. Do you have a big portfolio there (if you don't mind my asking)?

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Interesting to hear about your experiences at that other place. Do you have a big portfolio there (if you don't mind my asking)?

A little over 4200 images. The first few months were miserable, but especially the last few months have seen very large numbers. It could be because I focus on travel photos which are in demand, but whatever reason - I'll take it.

 

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38 minutes ago, Sally said:

A red arrow for this...OK I’ll shut up.

 

I've just had an email from James Allsworth asking me to clarify that Alamy are not giving people red arrows here. I have met James on a few occasions and it was a friendly email. James has offered to answer any questions I might have in relation to the new contract as well which is much appreciated. So apologies to James and Alamy for getting things wrong. It was only meant as a joke anyway.

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1 minute ago, KFisher said:

A little over 4200 images. The first few months were miserable, but especially the last few months have seen very large numbers. It could be because I focus on travel photos which are in demand, but whatever reason - I'll take it.

 

 

Thanks for the reply. Best of luck.

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3 hours ago, AndrewP said:

The word Infringement appears eleven times in the response - that seems a bit like a retail shop wanting a business model that makes more money out of shoplifters than genuine customers.

Well that is the best model for making money out of photography these days. You can sell a license for $1 to $100 if you're lucky, or you can post all your images on as many photo sharing sites as possible and regularly search for unauthorised use, and invoice them, and if they don't pay, which is actually what you want, take them to court.

 

I'm sure we've all read the stories about copyright infringement settlements. One that sticks in my mind was a photographer who found his £25 image in a large company's brochure, he asked them for around £50 (£25 for the image, £25 for not asking first), they saw he was a one-man band, said no, he took them to court and they ended up paying him £25,000.

 

I heard a similar story recently from a photographer colleague, not sure of the amount, but his image, one that any of us could have created in less then 2 mins, was widely shared in many media outlets without prior authorisation and he pursued every one. He says it was one of his most lucrative images.

And relative of mine recently got an £80,000 pay out from a copyright case (not a photo but a series of drawings).

 

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50 minutes ago, Bill Brooks said:

Copyright enforcement has become big business, tread with care.

 

I agree, Bill. Every action has -- or at least can have -- an equal and opposite reaction.

 

 

 

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I doubt I will leave, but certainly will spread the images elsewhere.  Some images I will remove due to Alamy not addressing the contributor liability issue.  And every image that is not wildlife, will be marked editorial only instead of just no releases. Like John, I used to think that was enough, but now doubting it.

 

Besides if I left, couldn't hang here and get all the great info and advice that is supplied so generously here.

 

Jill

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36 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Wasn't me. All the arrows in my quiver are green. 🌿

 

John -please see my revised post above about getting an email from James Allsworth asking me to clarify that Alamy are not giving red arrows here. Would you mind removing the quoted passage in your post from my post please. Thanks

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25 minutes ago, MDM said:

 

John -please see my revised post above about getting an email from James Allsworth asking me to clarify that Alamy are not giving red arrows here. Would you mind removing the quoted passage in your post from my post please. Thanks

 

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3 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

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Thanks John.  😀

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1 hour ago, MDM said:

 

I've just had an email from James Allsworth asking me to clarify that Alamy are not giving people red arrows here. I have met James on a few occasions and it was a friendly email. James has offered to answer any questions I might have in relation to the new contract as well which is much appreciated. So apologies to James and Alamy for getting things wrong. It was only meant as a joke anyway.

 

Make a joke suggestion that Alamy has posted a red arrow on the forum and you get an almost immediate response and an offer of answers to more questions.... Seems more effective than 50 pages of ranting :wacko:

 

Mark

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1 hour ago, MDM said:

 

Yes but I bet there are a lot of people who won't be leaving Alamy who won't want to be termed Remainers. Me I have no problem with it although I am not decided yet. 😆

 

What we need to help us make the decision are pithy slogans on the side of a bus.

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6 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Wow discounts for being a mature student with OU. Now what can I sign up for?

 

Allan

 

OU= Oklahoma University. Home of the Sooners, my football team. You can sign up for the cheer squad.

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48 minutes ago, Jill Morgan said:

I doubt I will leave, but certainly will spread the images elsewhere.  Some images I will remove due to Alamy not addressing the contributor liability issue.  And every image that is not wildlife, will be marked editorial only instead of just no releases. Like John, I used to think that was enough, but now doubting it.

 

Besides if I left, couldn't hang here and get all the great info and advice that is supplied so generously here.

 

Jill

 

Glad to hear that you're staying. I'm still undecided about checking the editorial use only box. It would be helpful to get some advice about this from Alamy as I'm sure a lot of contributors are in the same boat. The micros certainly require this indication for all "editorial" images (i.e. with unreleased people and "property"). So why doesn't Alamy?

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5 hours ago, Jill Morgan said:

 

But that's not what the contract says.  So this will be changed?

 

2.10. By marking Content as Exclusive, you grant Alamy the right to chase third party infringements of the Content without Alamy having to consult you. Where pursuing such infringements if it is found that the Content has been licensed through another licensing platform, Alamy has the right to recoup any fees incurred in the pursuit of any action taken.

 

Alamy will ask the user first - not ask the contributor first

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2 hours ago, M.Chapman said:

About 80% of my collection on Alamy is currently exclusive. If there are no revisions to the proposed contract I'll be converting all my Alamy images to non-exclusive at end of June and uploading elsewhere. I'm disappointed it's come to this. I've been a long term loyal Alamy contributor (joined in 2010) with all my images 100% exclusive. But the last changes in commission rate by Alamy led me to try some images elsewhere where I found that I can get a comparable or better return / image, revenue is received more quickly, and keywording and uploading is easier (e.g. auto stemming). Nevertheless, I preferred Alamy's business model (ie. not MS) so have stuck with them and hoped they would improve under new management. But, given the response to 50 pages of forum posts, without even the smallest indication that the feedback (which they asked for) is going to make any difference is very disheartening. Alamy - IMHO you're heading in the wrong direction. But it's not yet too late...

 

Mark

 

Point well made Mark

Over 95% of my images are exclusive to Alamy, but shortly none of them will be exclusive , I have already started to change them.

I will leave my portfolio here at Alamy but will be increasing significantly the number of images that I have with two other agencies, including the images that were previously exclusive to Alamy

I also agree that Alamy has made some poor decisions here

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5 hours ago, AndrewP said:

I make a few direct sales to design agencies who are working for their clients so I'll need to mark any images I've licensed to them as non exclusive. I can't have a design agency getting contacted by their client and risking my relationship with them.

I’m not real sure that will save your clients from being bothered. “The Statement” said they would concentrate the most on exclusive, but nowhere did I see them state they wouldn’t chase non-exclusive.

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