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Brasilnut

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« on: May 27, 2019, 17:49 »
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I've just published a controversial post highlighting that most of my 9 "Personal / Home usage" license sales on Alamy appear to be misuses by buyers (such as the attached image). I'm not alone and this issue has been highlighted at the Alamy forum for years.

Has it happened to you?

See details within:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/05/27/lets-discuss-alamy-personal-usage-licenses-misuse/


ShadySue

« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2019, 18:07 »
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Like I said before, I've had very suspicious PU sales, but I've never been able to prove a misuse by finding the file online.

Without that evidence (or being in the unlikely, but possible, position of finding it in print), Alamy won't do anything.

Tangentially, I just had reply from Alamy about a proven misuse of mine, saying the mis-user won't reply to them and I'm now welcome to take it up myself. Last time that happened andI did that, I was well out of pocket (phoning & sending registered letters abroad) and in the end, only got a takedown, and I suspect that was only because I contacted his ISP and they did it.

« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2019, 02:45 »
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I've just published a controversial post highlighting that most of my 9 "Personal / Home usage" license sales on Alamy appear to be misuses by buyers (such as the attached image). I'm not alone and this issue has been highlighted at the Alamy forum for years.

Has it happened to you?

See details within:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/05/27/lets-discuss-alamy-personal-usage-licenses-misuse/


Thank you for writing about this issue.

Alamy's pricing is far from being consistent.

Offering a full size image at vague terms and at a price that is clearly off is a problem.

I've seen a couple of my images bought at PU terms and posted onto forums and such. For images which I offer as RM non-exclusive via other agencies, I have ticked the box "Don't sell for personal use including single copy, non-retail wall art prints" on AIM to disable PU, because of the vast difference in pricing. BUT the problem persist, the images are still available for "Presentations and newsletters" at the cheap PU price. It is not fair to me, to the buyer, or the agency if buyers will get the image at 9.90 Euro on Alamy and from other agency at 25.90-29.90 Euro.

Surely some users will purchase the cheapest license and use the image the way they want to. I've seen this happen. Few bother to read the boring print "how to use".

So what is there to do? Alamy should make changes to pricing, it is insane to offer a full size image at vague terms and at such a low price that's not in line with other agencies.



 

Brasilnut

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2019, 09:20 »
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Here's a reply from Alamy for the image below of the man holding a selfie stick licensed as PU:

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Hi Alex Weve had a look and it seems the person who bought the image for personal use is the person depicted in the image so we wouldnt see this as suspicious.

Personal use licenses cover things like a personal print, a gift, a personal report, artist reference etc.

Now, that settles the issue, right? LOL. Im proud of my keywording since a buyer was able to find himself among the 100+ million images!

Now, Im looking to contact this buyer to see if he can track down my long-lost high school sweetheart, as well as investigate who murdered JFK and whether Tupac and Elvis are still alive!

I love you, Alamy but please don't treat me like I was born yesterday...
« Last Edit: May 28, 2019, 09:51 by Brasilnut »

« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2019, 13:27 »
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Here's a reply from Alamy for the image below of the man holding a selfie stick licensed as PU:

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Hi Alex Weve had a look and it seems the person who bought the image for personal use is the person depicted in the image so we wouldnt see this as suspicious.

Personal use licenses cover things like a personal print, a gift, a personal report, artist reference etc.

Now, that settles the issue, right? LOL. Im proud of my keywording since a buyer was able to find himself among the 100+ million images!

Now, Im looking to contact this buyer to see if he can track down my long-lost high school sweetheart, as well as investigate who murdered JFK and whether Tupac and Elvis are still alive!

I love you, Alamy but please don't treat me like I was born yesterday...

Lol they could have literally given any other, more believable, excuse.

Guess I'll start taking photos of every single person on the street from now on, just in case they'd like to buy their own portrait...
« Last Edit: May 28, 2019, 13:36 by Not Today »

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2019, 19:36 »
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Maybe the mannequins recognised themselves?

ShadySue

« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 13:28 »
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There's also the strange licence: "Personal use, One of each of the following uses: Personal use, presentation, internal communication, student project, reference for artist, personal website, personal social media, personal print or card. Worldwide license. Not for commercial use.".
One of these I got for the same price as the PU sale with the terms: "Personal use, Personal prints, cards and gifts. Non-commercial use only, not for resale.", but one went for even less.

I have no idea how the 'personal users' find out about the first kind of licence, as it's the second one which shows if I click on the (?) info button next to Personal Use on a file page.


 

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