Yesterday Alamy contacted contributors, many of whom were terminating their contracts, to say they were now trying to "address fears about re-use and licensing images after termination", a major concern raised by EPUK.
Generic business people celebrate victory outside EPUK Towers yesterday. Photo Gregg Vignal / Alamy.
Publication of the article "Why I'm Leaving Alamy" by EPUK moderator David Hoffman was the turning point. An open letter to Alamy published two weeks earlier by EPUK had identified a number of clauses in the proposed contract amendments that it was unhappy about. The most damaging clause, in EPUK's opinion, was clause 6.4.1 which meant that even photographers who left Alamy would never regain full rights over an image that Alamy had ever sold or which a client had downloaded. Five days later EPUK published Alamy's reply fudging that issue and giving reassurances which were not consistent with the contract wording.
Hoffman responded with his Opinion piece. It included a list of the now broken promises Alamy had made on its launch in 2000 such as "It's not like you are entering an arrangement that ties your images up for a lengthy amount of time" and "We have no interest in making changes to the contract to the detriment of photographers now or in the future."
Alamy also promised photographers, who would have to do all the scanning, captioning and keywording of their own work, that they would receive "Around 87% of the sale!!!! YES! 87% !!!". Photographers now receive 50%.
Today Alamy Member Services told one EPUK member that the contract changes that would have come into effect on April 1st have been annulled. New changes will take effect after May 14th 2015.
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