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Alex Ramsay

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I have just received a pathetically phrased email from someone caught by Alamy's infringement team, pleading for a reduction in the penalty fee they are charging. In his defence he pleads that his websites (where my picture has been used) are non-commercial and make him no income and that he lives on the state pension. This may well be true. However a quick online search reveals that he is just publishing a book on the same subject as his websites (which has just been announced as the Daily Mail's book of the week}. I know all too well how little this can mean in terms of sales and income. I'm also unsure of how much, if at all, I can influence the infringement team. What would you do?

 

Alex

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8 minutes ago, Alex Ramsay said:

Don't know, as I can't so far find the picture on his (very extensive) websites

 

ok. I agree with the above answers.

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3 hours ago, Steve F said:

 

ok. I agree with the above answers.

Many people have excuses about why they broke the law, or pleadings for why they shouldn’t be punished for breaking the law. Paying the infringement price just might make him think twice about lifting images without paying in the future.

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11 hours ago, Alex Ramsay said:

I have just received a pathetically phrased email from someone caught by Alamy's infringement team, pleading for a reduction in the penalty fee they are charging. In his defence he pleads that his websites (where my picture has been used) are non-commercial and make him no income and that he lives on the state pension. This may well be true. However a quick online search reveals that he is just publishing a book on the same subject as his websites (which has just been announced as the Daily Mail's book of the week}. I know all too well how little this can mean in terms of sales and income. I'm also unsure of how much, if at all, I can influence the infringement team. What would you do?

 

Alex

Alex,

 

I would agree with those who wrote "Let Alamy deal with it."  

 

Chuck

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1 hour ago, Alex Ramsay said:

Thanks all - have taken your advice!

 

Alex

 

Alex, out of curiosity - did the infringement team forward the infringer's email to you? Presumably the infringer hasn't contacted you directly (Alamy wouldn't pass on your email address I'm assuming).

Steve

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58 minutes ago, Steve F said:

 

Alex, out of curiosity - did the infringement team forward the infringer's email to you? Presumably the infringer hasn't contacted you directly (Alamy wouldn't pass on your email address I'm assuming).

Steve

 

Once upon a time, my photos used to be tagged with my name. Every once in a while, someone would call to say they didn't like something. You can find a contact on the Internet in a few minutes. Once I took the liberty of taking a photo of a car on the street, and the man on the phone was angry that he had not permitted me to take a photo. Another time, someone else called to say that they wanted a photo from me, which is on Alamy. He was probably a graphic artist from the bank that was in the picture. I told him to go ahead and buy it from Alamy. It wouldn't be a lot of money, At that moment he started cursing, threaten lawyers, courts etc. Such phone calls will ruin your whole weekend. That's when I thought I didn't need to listen to it and renamed all my photos. Since then I have been without stupid phone calls. R🫠

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2 hours ago, Steve F said:

 

Alex, out of curiosity - did the infringement team forward the infringer's email to you? Presumably the infringer hasn't contacted you directly (Alamy wouldn't pass on your email address I'm assuming).

Steve

No, he contacted me directly - nobody's hard to find these days. He wanted to make Alamy an offer, so I told him it was Alamy's decision to make. He then emailed me again to say that he had had his offer accepted (much lower than Alamy's original demand, sadly)

 

Alex

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Hi Alex, 

 

Would you mind forwarding the email thread from the infringer to us at contributors@alamy.com so we can make our infringements team aware of this? 

 

Thanks,

Louise 

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1 hour ago, Alamy said:

Hi Alex, 

 

Would you mind forwarding the email thread from the infringer to us at contributors@alamy.com so we can make our infringements team aware of this? 

 

Thanks,

Louise 

 

Hi Louise - just sent it to you

 

Alex

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