James West Explains 50 Year License

Posted on 7/14/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

After I published “50 Year Licensed For Rights Managed” James West provided some clarifications and explanations of why Alamy has offered a 50 year license to one customer. See his explanation and some additional comments by Jim Pickerell.

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  • Danita Delimont Posted Jul 14, 2011
    Great to hear James' comments on the pricing calculator, which renews my faith that there won't be future licenses for 50 years. I've supported Alamy's efforts from the beginning and although their licensing prices are much lower than what we've enjoyed in the past, they are well established and continue to be moving ahead in this ever evolving industry. Thanks to the teams at Alamy on both sides of the big pond!

  • Larry Minden Posted Jul 14, 2011
    Fabulous - a little sunlight on the 50 year RM license and its already in throes of extinction. Any other contributors care to expand on Danita's mention that "their licensing prices are much lower than what we've enjoyed in the past". Maybe some illumination on some of the lowest prices in the industry could bring about some beneficial change there too.

  • Bill Bachmann Posted Jul 15, 2011
    I also say that I am glad that alamy is in the business and they pay "fair". As one of the industry's top stock photographers, I am thrilled to say that. James has done a fine job and, as one of his photographers, I say I appreciate that so much. Yes, the rates are lower than in the past, but that is the entire industry .... not alamy's fault.

    Stay true to all of us, James, keep your independence, and I for one among many of my friends will always be loyal to you with my best work!


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