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Photographers write to Alamy now

THE NUJ is urging all its photographer members to activate a clause in the new Alamy contributors" contract by 30 July.

The new contract states: "You authorise Alamy to grant to the Collecting Society a mandate to negotiate, claim and administer the rights in respect of Secondary Uses of your Images that you have authorised Alamy to represent you for."

This means that Alamy will be authorised to collect revenue from DACS (or any other collecting society) for the Secondary Use of Images. Alamy will then deduct a 50 per cent commission fee after administration charges have been recouped. Photographers who agree to this will receive less by way of payments than those who mandate DACS directly.

Photographers who are contracted with Alamy have until 30 July 2016 to opt out of this clause. The NUJ is advising that they do so.

A model letter to Alamy

I note that your new contract contains the clause "28 Collecting societies". I am invoking this clause to inform you explicitly that Alamy does not have authority to collect any monies from any collecting societies on my behalf.

I give notice that I am opting out in accordance with the provisions of clause 28.1 I am informing you of this decision on {today's date}, which is well in advance of the 30 July, 2016 deadline.

I look forward to your prompt response, acknowledging this message, and confirming that Alamy will accede to my instructions.

Separately, the NUJ has written to Alamy requesting that they reconsider the contract and offer an "opt in" instead of "opt out". You should write in similar terms to the above in any case.

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