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I've had quite a few of those "personal screen saver use" sales as well. At least they pay a bit more. One of the problems with having a "personal use" option blatantly displayed is that many people know so little about image licensing these days that when they see cheap "personal use" available,  they think they can buy the image and do whatever they want with it. I discovered this when I naively had a personal use option on my website. I removed it long ago. However, I did have different prices for different sizes, plus I didn't offer a "full-size" option. I also specified "non-editorial use" as well as non-commercial.

 

 

Yes I totally agree. When I've licensed images directly, I've occasionally offended individuals when I asked how they intended to use the image. Obviously they didn't understand how photographs are normally licensed.

 

I'm still licensing images for personal use via my PhotoShelter site but I have a notice about how the images can and can't be used that appears on the same screen when clients choose the use. My personal use is priced according to size, just like any other use. Even when I've provided image for editorial or commercial use, I rarely send a file that's larger than the client requested.

 

 

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I have just put a Worldwide restriction for personal use on all my pictures. It can be done in batches.

 If a picture purchaser wanted an image for 'personal use' would they understand or care if there is a restriction in place ?     (maybe not)

 

 And is it possible to purchase use of an image for the cheap personal use option even though a restriction is in force ?     ( i don't know)

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I have just put a Worldwide restriction for personal use on all my pictures. It can be done in batches.

 If a picture purchaser wanted an image for 'personal use' would they understand or care if there is a restriction in place ?     (maybe not)

 

 And is it possible to purchase use of an image for the cheap personal use option even though a restriction is in force ?     ( i don't know)

 

 

 

Hi Rolf

 

if you set a worldwide personal use restriction, it will show up in red on the image page. Here's one of mine which as an example: http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-snow-covered-house-and-trees-at-eggberge-canton-of-uri-in-the-sw-89433903.html

 

Note that due to the restriction, the personal use option is no longer selected by default, but it is still selectable. I would prefer if it was disabled, or better, if it was completely hidden, but I guess it's also ok the way it is now. If you select personal use, the download button will be deactivated until you switch back to a different option.

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I have just put a Worldwide restriction for personal use on all my pictures. It can be done in batches.

Hi Rolf I checked but it seems that something goes wrong. If I choose the option personal use the download button is active. Following the link of chrumu I can see a red label with a restriction stated, and the download button is inactive setting personal use.

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I have just put a Worldwide restriction for personal use on all my pictures. It can be done in batches.

Hi Rolf I checked but it seems that something goes wrong. If I choose the option personal use the download button is active. Following the link of chrumu I can see a red label with a restriction stated, and the download button is inactive setting personal use.

 

 

 

Please note that restrictions seem to only get active after a database update, i.e., within 24h, but not immediately. For the picture I've linked in my post I've set the restrictions a few days ago already.

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Had one of these come through today $6 for personal use. This will look lovely above somebodies fireplace. I suspect we might start to see these images crop up in internal company newsletters and magazines etc. Or specialised publications with a very limited circulation. 
The "personal use" option definitely needs to go, it is obvious that it is being abused. 

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I've only had two Personal Use licenses but I've also had 5 sales that included "multiple web use incl. personal screensaver use."

I'm not sure what this is but I hope it doesn't mean that anyone who happens across their site can download full screen images for free.

 

Bing homepage allows this.

 

 

I've had at least one Alamy sale to Bing that was used as a screensaver.

Worse is a sale to a large client that also has a Tumblr version of it's main magazine. I stopped counting at 3500 re-blogs and lifts.

They now pay a higher fee btw.

 

wim

 

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I don't know what happened. I put in restrictions on all my pictures for personal use yesterday and that is gone today. I hope it is only a glitch. Somebody bought 2 of my pitures showing Monty Python during rehearsals, rare stuff, for personal use the other day for $14.99. Today I find 3 more sales for the same use, also on Monty Python, but now the price is down to $7.50!

I must say I don't like this business model at all.

Rolf

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Non-commercial, one time, personal / home use now appears to be 20 (Euro).

The € 14.99 is now for presentation use only.

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

Showing as £9.99 in the UK though

 

Pearl

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Yup, I still see old: 

 
Personal use £ 9.99

 

 

 

I honestly hope Alamy will change this price asap, before I waste my time on opting out...

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I had these two in March

 

Country: Worldwide

Usage: Commercial electronic, Use in slides/materials to support a presentation or talk - such as Powerpoint or Keynote.

Media: Commercial presentation, single design

Start: 30 March 2016

End: 30 March 2021

 

and

 

Country: Worldwide

Usage: Editorial, Use in slides/materials to support a presentation or talk - such as Powerpoint or Keynote.

Media: Editorial presentation, single design

Start: 31 March 2016

End: 31 March 2021

 

The editorial was more expensive. $15.92 vs $14.99.

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Non-commercial, one time, personal / home use now appears to be 20 (Euro).

The € 14.99 is now for presentation use only.

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

Showing as £9.99 in the UK though

 

Pearl

 

 

That's strange  :huh:

 

Do you see this page in Euros? 

Presentation: € 14.99

Or choose another rights-managed license >> drop down menu >> select personal use >> shows € 20.00

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

 

Both options show as £9.99 here in the UK, Philippe.

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Here in Canada US$14.99.

 

Jill

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Sorry Philippe, you pay more ;) You must live in rich country, not like us... ;)

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I can see the same as Philippe. I have chosen right managed personal use and the price is 20€ Italy just in case.

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i see uk amounts as mentioned above.

 

also strange licence, you would think that COMMERCIAL be the more expensive "presentation use"

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For me Personal Use is not now one of the main options on the German site, but still is on the British one at 9.99 UK. On the German site you have to go into 'or choose another rights managed option' and click through then it is 20 euro

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That's what I said the 

 

 

One of the main reasons we are seeing all these Personal use choices is that it is now the first option in the list of  "buy this image now" when you click through to the image spec page.

 

Jill

 

So it is. How long has this been the case?

 

That's what I said the other day, not only that, but it also says, "quick and simple check out, no credits....no need to register"

I only spotted it when this thread started.

 

This why they are appearing, hopefully with the new non-flash alamy, this will be an easy option, to opt out?

 

Stock Photo - Full English breakfast, with black pudding fry up at a cafe. Fried breakfast overhead food UK
Full English breakfast, with black pudding fry up at a cafe. Fried breakfast overhead food UK.
File size: 
3200 x 3200 px | 27.1 x 27.1 cm (300dpi) | 29.3 MB
Image ID: D78EJ5  
Copyright: © Robert Convery / Alamy Stock Photo
Model release: No
Property release: No
 
Buy this stock image now…
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Choose a license from the list below that suits your needs.

Personal use 
£ 9.99
Presentation 
£ 9.99
Website 
£ 19.99
Magazine 
£ 79.99
Marketing package: Small business 
£ 39.99
Marketing package: Large business 
£ 149.99

Quick and simple checkout - no credits, no subscriptions, no need to register!

 Download
 
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I have just put a Worldwide restriction for personal use on all my pictures. It can be done in batches.

How did you do it in batches Rolf?

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Dragged down into the batch box. As I didn't have anything in restrictions before, nothing got erased. On the other hand, it didn't work as  I thought it would, so I'll have to do it all over again adding the low restriction box that say all media worldwide, all industries and so on.

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Dragged down into the batch box. As I didn't have anything in restrictions before, nothing got erased. On the other hand, it didn't work as  I thought it would, so I'll have to do it all over again adding the low restriction box that say all media worldwide, all industries and so on.

 

I added it to one image to see how it would appear.  I don't really like the fact that when buyers zoom my image, they see "This image has restrictions".  Although it is quite apparent that Personal Use has been removed, would buyers bother to notice or simply back out and pick something else, not wanting to hunt to see if there are other restrictions.

 

A simple box to eliminate personal use would be best as it would show right on the spec page without having to have that evil red box at the top. Or the restrictions should be stated in the little red box so buyers can see right away.

 

Jill

 

Jill

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I added it to one image to see how it would appear.  I don't really like the fact that when buyers zoom my image, they see "This image has restrictions".  Although it is quite apparent that Personal Use has been removed, would buyers bother to notice or simply back out and pick something else, not wanting to hunt to see if there are other restrictions.

 

A simple box to eliminate personal use would be best as it would show right on the spec page without having to have that evil red box at the top. Or the restrictions should be stated in the little red box so buyers can see right away.

 

Jill

 

Jill

 

 

I've been adding the Personal Use restriction to my photos in batches.   I also added NO PERSONAL USE in the description area. This week I had a $199 sale for marketing and a second $75 for tv use.

It may confuse less experienced buyers but, if they really want the image, they can always contact Alamy for an explanation.

 

fD

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I recently had a sale for $14.99 of an iconic image of a tourist attraction here in Oklahoma City.

I have a very strong feeling if I should go to the gift shop of that attraction, I'd find postcards or other commercial items being sold with my image on them. I plan on checking it out.

We have a saying around here.

"it burns my butt." (Utter disgust and anger)

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I recently had a sale for $14.99 of an iconic image of a tourist attraction here in Oklahoma City.

I have a very strong feeling if I should go to the gift shop of that attraction, I'd find postcards or other commercial items being sold with my image on them. I plan on checking it out.

We have a saying around here.

"it burns my butt." (Utter disgust and anger)

 

Let us know, Betty.

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