KerinF Posted February 8, 2016 Share Posted February 8, 2016 I just noticed that about 181,000+ EyeEm marketplace images have gone live on Alamy. Not sure how recently this happened. For those that are EyeEm contributors (including myself), we have known this was due to happen for a little while now. EyeEm previously had an exclusive distribution arrangement with Getty, but with Alamy coming on board as a partner, the Getty arrangement is no longer exclusive. EyeEm is predominantly, though not only, phone images. So while Stockimo images continue to be added Shutterstock, EyeEm images are also now competing with Stockimo images on Alamy. Swings and roundabouts. Like many microstock and some other RF agencies, EyeEm tends to take a more liberal view of when a release is required. For example, crowds, parts of people, unrecognisable faces - are all acceptable as commercial RF. Likewise, incidental use of trade marks and other property are OK. Now, here is the question part of this topic: do you think it is time for Alamy to become more flexible on its approach to people and RM/RF? Should every unreleased image which happens to have a person in the distance, or a crowd, or a body part be designated RM? (I know the answer is "yes" under current guidelines, but interested in whether others think it is time for a change.) Most importantly, are direct Alamy contributors disadvantaged by the fact that we are limited to RM in these circumstances, when so many similar images from agencies like EyeEm are designated RF? Particularly when often hear that clients prefer RF more and more? I know this is irrelevant to many people, because they won't touch RF, but I thought I would throw it out there to see what others think. I am a bit ambivalent I have to say. I still prefer to designate true editorial type images as RM, but I am playing around more with RF elsewhere, and I tie myself in knots deciding what to do with those "incidental" people/property images, i.e. whether to place them as unreleased RM here, or unreleased RF elsewhere. Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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