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  1. Alamy License Agreement (LA)

    This is a legal agreement between you or your company, firm or other organization ("you") and Alamy Inc ("Alamy"). Alamy has been appointed agent by its Contributors to grant this License on their behalf.

    Please read this agreement carefully in its entirety before you download or use any Image/Video. By confirming the purchase of the Image/Video(s) or downloading the Image/Video(s) you have selected from this website you agree to be bound by the terms of this LA (the "Agreement") and the Image/Video usage restrictions contained herein. If you do not wish to accept the terms of this Agreement, please delete the unused Image/Video(s) and notify Alamy by email to the following address: sales@alamy.com within thirty days from the invoice date for a full refund.

    1. Definitions

      “Terms”
      Means the terms and conditions set out in this Agreement and includes the terms contained in the Invoice. The terms contained in the Invoice replace those in this Agreement to the extent of any inconsistency.

      “Contributor”
      Means the owner(s) of the copyright in the Image/Video(s) or their agent(s) who have submitted the Image/Video(s) to Alamy.

      “Alamy”
      Means Alamy Inc.

      “Alamy Live News”
      Means the section of the Alamy website which contains Images relating to events that have occurred recently, or Images marked in the Alamy search engine as being newsworthy and coming from the Alamy Live News Feed.

      “Invoice”
      Means the computer-generated or pre-printed invoice provided by Alamy that may include, without limitation, details of the Images/Videos selected, any limitations on the License in addition to those specified herein, the key terms of the License and the corresponding price for the License. The terms contained in the Invoice shall be incorporated into this Agreement and all references to the Agreement shall include those terms. The Invoice will specify if any Images bought are Royalty Free Images if applicable.

      “Image(s)/Video(s)”
      Means the Image(s) or Video clip(s) you have selected which are identified on the Invoice.

      “Intellectual Property”
      Means all property, intellectual, industrial design and moral rights of every kind and nature, including all applications thereof, including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, symbols, logos and designs, trade secret rights and registrations, initial applications, renewal extensions, continuations, divisions or reissues thereof.

      “License”
      Means the non-exclusive (unless otherwise stated in the Invoice) non-sublicensable right Alamy grants to you to use the Image/Video(s).

      “Reproduction”
      Includes any form of copying or publication of the whole or part of any Image/Video whether by printing, slide projection or other display (whether or not to an audience), electronic, digital or mechanical means, use as a reference by an artist or in an artist’s illustration or by any other means. Reproduction further includes the copying or distortion or manipulation of the whole or part of any Image/Video (for example, by computer, electronically, digitally by an artist or by any other means), even though the resulting image or clip may not appear to a reasonable person to be derived from the original Image/Video.

      “Release”
      Means a model or property release or any other release of a third party right or other permission which it is necessary or desirable to obtain in respect of any Image/Video.

      “License Fee”
      Means any sum or sums payable to Alamy by you in respect of the License.

    2. Contracting parties

      The parties to this contract are Alamy and you. Alamy has been appointed agent by its Contributors to grant this License on their behalf.

    3. Grant of rights and restrictions

      • For all Licenses except Royalty Free Image Licenses
        • Alamy grants to you a non-exclusive (unless otherwise stated on invoice), non-sublicensable and non-assignable right to Reproduce the Image/Video (s) solely in the manner and for the purposes set out in the Invoice. When exercising this right you must ensure any notice of copyright, trademark or other propriety right is not removed from any place where it is placed on or embedded in the Image/Video.
        • Altering, cropping and manipulating Images:
          • Images when used in a news context, whether sourced from the Alamy Live News feed or the general collection, context may be cropped or otherwise edited for technical quality, provided that the editorial integrity of the Image is not compromised and the truth of the image is maintained, but shall not, under any circumstances, otherwise be altered.
          • Images of in copyright artwork may be cropped or otherwise edited for technical quality, provided that the original context and setting of the image is not altered.
          • For all other Images you may alter, crop, manipulate and create derivative works from the Image(s), so long as you ensure any notice of copyright, trademark or other propriety right is not removed from any place where it is placed on or embedded in the Image.
        • Use of the Image/Video(s) is strictly limited to the use, medium, period of time, territory and any other restrictions specified in the Invoice. You may utilize the Image/Video in any production process that may be necessary for the intended use specified in the Invoice.
        • You must not incorporate Images/Video (or any part of them) into a logo, trade mark or service mark.
        • Image/Video(s) must not be used as references for creating drawings or other visual works unless specifically authorised in the Invoice.
        • Alamy does not warrant the accuracy of the captioning, keywording or any other information associated with the Image/Video(s).
        • You may not use the Image/Video(s) in a pornographic, defamatory, fraudulent, lewd, obscene or otherwise illegal manner, including but not limited to infringing any third party intellectual property or privacy rights, whether directly or in context or by juxtaposition with other materials.
        • You must abide by any direction or instruction on use notified to you by Alamy before, after or at the time of delivery of the Image/Video(s), either in the information accompanying the Image/Video(s), the Invoice or otherwise.
        • Alamy, after reasonable notice, may inspect any records, accounts and books relating to the Reproduction of any of the Image/Video(s) to ensure that the Image/Video(s) are being used in accordance with this Agreement.
        • You may store the Image/Video(s) in a digital library, network configuration or similar arrangement to allow them to be viewed within your organization and by your clients but you must retain the copyright symbol, the name of Alamy, the Image/Video(s)’ identification numbers and any other information as may be invisibly embedded in the electronic files containing the original Image/Video(s). When your license period as set out in the Invoice ends, you must promptly delete the Image/Video(s) from your computer or other electronic storage system. Any subsequent re-uses of the Image/Video must be agreed with Alamy in advance of licensing to ensure the Image/Video is available under the rights you require.
        • The Image/Video(s) may not be sublicensed, resold or otherwise made available for use or distribution separately or detached from a product or web page. For example, the Image/Video(s) may be used as an integral part of a web page design, but may not be made available for downloading separately or in a format designed or intended for permanent storage or re-use by website users. Similarly, your customers may be provided with copies of the Image/Video(s) as an integral part of work product, but may not be provided with the Image/Video(s) or permitted to use the Image/Video(s) separately.
      • For all Royalty Free Licenses as marked on your Invoice
        • Alamy grants to you a non-exclusive and non-assignable right to Reproduce the Image(s) on a worldwide and perpetual basis solely as part of the following (or as otherwise agreed in writing by Alamy):
          • advertising and promotional materials (including packaging).
          • online or other electronic distribution systems (including web page design), but subject to clause 3.2.8. up to a maximum resolution of 72 dpi.
          • broadcasts or theatrical exhibition
          • any products (including for-sale products) or publications (electronic or print), subject to clause 3.2.8; and/or.
          • materials for personal, non-commercial use and test or sample use, including comps and layouts.
          • Please note, not all of Alamy’s Images have Releases. It is your responsibility to check that all necessary Releases have been secured (see clause 8.3 below).

            When exercising this right you must ensure any notice of copyright, trademark or other propriety right is not removed from any place where it is placed on or embedded in the Image.

        • You may alter, crop, manipulate and create derivative works from the Image(s), so long as you ensure any notice of copyright, trademark or other propriety right is not removed from any place where it is placed on or embedded in the Image.
        • The Image(s) may be shared by creating an image library, network configuration or other similar arrangement so long as no more than ten (10) individuals employed by the same entity have access to the Image(s) This is not a "simultaneous users License ", in other words you may not have more than ten (10) specific people access the Image(s) even if only ten (10) people are accessing the Image(s) at any particular time. For the Image(s) to be used by more than ten (10) individuals you must first contact Alamy to negotiate an extension of the License.
        • If you are an intermediary (for example an advertising agency) you may not sublicense, sell, assign, convey or transfer this Agreement or any of its rights under this Agreement but you may sub-license an Image as part of a derivative work (for example an advertisement) to your clients. Should your clients wish to incorporate the Image in their own work they should contact Alamy to purchase a License.
        • The Image(s) as stored and shared by you must retain the copyright symbol, the name of Alamy, the Image(s)’ identification numbers and any other information as may be invisibly embedded in the electronic files containing the original Image(s).
        • The Image(s) may not be distributed by a mobile phone device or personal digital assistant (Blackberry or other similar device)in a way that would allow any third party to download, extract or access the Image(s) as a standalone file
        • You must not incorporate Images (or any part of them) into a logo, trade mark or service mark or application thereof.
        • The Image(s) may not be sublicensed, resold or otherwise made available for downloading, use or distribution separately. For example, the Image(s) may be used as an integral part of a web page design, but may not be made available for downloading separately or in a format designed or intended for permanent storage or re-use by website users. Nor can you make available images for your customers to select and insert into personalized on-line templates or consumer goods.

          Your customers may be provided with copies of the Image(s) as an integral part of work product, but may not be provided with the Image(s) or permitted to use the Image(s) separately
        • If any Image featuring a model is used in (i) a manner that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the model personally uses or endorses a product or service, or (ii) if the depiction of the model in the Image would be unflattering or unduly controversial to a reasonable person, you must accompany each such use with a statement indicating that the person is a model and the Image is being used for illustrative purposes only.
        • Alamy does not warrant the accuracy of the captioning, keywording or any other information associated with the Image(s).
        • You may not use the Image(s) in a pornographic, defamatory, fraudulent, lewd, obscene or otherwise illegal manner, including but not limited to infringing any third party intellectual property or privacy rights, whether directly or in context or by juxtaposition with other materials.
        • You must abide by any restriction on use notified to you by Alamy before, after or at the time of delivery of the Image(s), either in the information accompanying the Image(s), the Invoice or otherwise.
        • Alamy, after reasonable notice, may inspect any records, accounts and books relating to the Reproduction of any of the Image(s) to ensure that the Image(s) are being used in accordance with this Agreement.
      • Nothing herein is intended or shall be construed to transfer or assign any Intellectual Property rights of the Contributors or Alamy to you. You acknowledge that all right, title and interest in and to the Image/Video(s), including, without limitation, any and all trademark, copyright and any other Intellectual Property rights therein remain with the Contributors, and nothing contained herein shall be construed to convey any rights or propriety interest in the Image/Video(s) other than the specific rights granted in Section 3 herein.
      • Alamy's copyright notice and image identification reference which appear in the Image/Video file must remain with your digital copy of the Image/Video at all times. You will retain the copyright notice, the name of Alamy and the respective artist, the respective Image/Video reference and any other information or metadata that is embedded in the electronic file that comprises any Image/Video which you have downloaded from the Website or otherwise received from Alamy. Failure to maintain the integrity of the copyright information will constitute a breach of this Agreement.
      • Unless otherwise agreed in writing, if any Image/Video is reproduced by you for editorial purposes (i.e. for any non-promotional purpose) you must include the credit line “(Photographer’s or Agency’s name)/Alamy”, or any other credit line specified by Alamy. If a credit line is omitted then an additional fee equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the original amount invoiced attributable to the Image/Video in question shall be payable by you.
      • In connection with the use of "Alamy" or any other of Alamy’s or its partners' trade names, trademarks, logos or service marks, including the names of all Image collections ("Marks"), you acknowledge and agree that (i) such Marks are and shall remain the sole property of Alamy or its partners; (ii) nothing shall confer upon you any right of use in or to the Marks; and (iii) you shall not now or in the future contest the validity of the Marks.
      • You will immediately notify Alamy if you become aware or suspect that any third party has gained access to the Images through you, is wrongfully using the Images, in whole or in part, or is violating any of Alamy’s intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, trademarks and copyrights.
    4. Warranty and limitation of liability

      • Alamy guarantees that should any Image/Video have defects in material or workmanship and these are notified in writing to Alamy within thirty (30) days from the date of delivery of the Image/Video then Alamy will either replace the Image/Video with another digital copy of the Image/Video free from defect or refund the License Fee paid by you to the extent attributable to the defective Image/Video, at Alamy’s option.
      • Alamy makes no other warranty, express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Neither Alamy nor its contributors shall be liable to you or any other person or entity by reason of any representation (unless fraudulent) or any implied warranty, condition or other term, or any duty at common law, or under the express terms of this Agreement for any loss of profit or any indirect, special or consequential loss, damage, costs, expenses or other claims (whether caused by the negligence of Alamy, its servants or agents or otherwise) which arises out of or in connection with this Agreement, even if Alamy has been advised of the possibility of such damages, costs or losses. Alamy’s maximum liability arising out of or in connection with your use of or inability to use the Image/Video (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) shall, to the extent permitted by law, be limited to five (5) times the value paid by you for the relevant Image/Video
      • The terms of clause 5.2 shall not preclude any liability or claim for death or bodily injury or any claim arising from wilful default or gross negligence on the part of Alamy or any of its employees, agents or otherwise. Each provision of clause 5.2 is to be construed as a separate limitation (applying and surviving even if for any reason one or other of such provisions is held to be inapplicable, unreasonable or unenforceable in any circumstances) and shall remain in force notwithstanding the termination of this Agreement.
    5. Payment

      Any Reproduction by you or on your behalf without reporting of use as soon as practicable, and in any event within 4 months, and payment being received by Alamy constitutes a breach of this Agreement which entitles Alamy immediately to terminate this Agreement and further constitutes an infringement of copyright and other Intellectual Property rights.

    6. Indemnity

      You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Alamy, its Contributors and their respective parents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns, and all employees and agents thereof against any and all claims, damages, losses, expenses or costs, including but not limited to any reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of any unauthorized use or allegedly unauthorized use of any Image/Video supplied to you by Alamy, on behalf of a Contributor, or any other breach by you of any of your obligations under this Agreement. The terms of this clause 7 shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.

    7. Release information

      • Alamy gives no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the existence of any Releases associated with the Image/Video(s).
      • Alamy gives no representations or warranties whatsoever with respect to the use of names, trade marks, logos, uniforms, registered or copyrighted designs or artistic works depicted in any Image/Video.
      • You must satisfy yourself that all Releases as may be required for Reproduction of the Image/Video(s) have been secured. You are solely responsible for obtaining all such Releases and the License is conditional in each case on your obtaining them. If you are unsure as to whether any Releases are needed for your Image/Video usage, then it is your responsibility to consult with relevant parties. You shall not rely upon any representation or warranty given by Alamy employees or representatives save as set out in this Agreement.
      • Failure or refusal by you to secure the relevant Releases for Reproduction of the Image/Video(s) is considered a breach of this Agreement and a breach of Intellectual Property rights, for which you shall be solely liable and for which you shall indemnify and hold harmless Alamy, its Contributors, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns, and all employees and agents. This indemnification is in addition to, not in lieu of, the indemnification set forth in Section 7 herein and shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.
    8. License fee

      The License Fee depends on the nature of the rights granted. You agree to notify Alamy in the event that you desire to expand the usage for the Image/Video and pay any additional License Fee. Use of an Image/Video in a manner not specifically authorised under the terms set out in the Invoice or otherwise in the Agreement constitutes a breach of the Agreement and an infringement of copyright.

    9. License cancellation

      If you haven’t used the image file you can cancel the license and get a full refund within 30 days of the invoice date.

      You’ll need to send us an email sales@alamy.com, with the invoice number (eg. IY11110000) and the image file number (eg. AT4WHG). If you cancel, you won’t be able to use the image file and you’ll need to remove it from your archives.

    10. Confidentiality

      Except as required by law both parties shall procure that all confidential information disclosed by one party to the other in accordance with this Agreement or which may at any time until termination of this Agreement come into the other party's knowledge, possession or control shall not be used for any purposes other than those required or permitted by this Agreement and shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed to any third party except insofar as this may be required for the proper operation of this Agreement and then only under appropriate confidentiality provisions approved by the other party. For the purposes of this agreement confidential information shall include without limitation that relating to the business of a party, its business systems, pricing, trade secrets, business processes and client and supplier lists. These obligations of confidentiality shall cease to apply to any particular item of confidential information once it becomes public knowledge other than by any act or default of either party.

    11. Interest on overdue invoices and reasonable recovery costs

      • Unless otherwise agreed by us in writing, all Invoices are payable by you within 30 days.
      • If you do not make full payment of an Invoice on time we reserve the right to charge interest on the outstanding amount at the rate of one and a half percent (1.5%) per month from the date payment was due until payment is received by Alamy.
    12. Condition of Images/Videos

      You should make sure that you examine the Image/Video(s) for possible defects (whether digital or otherwise) before sending the Image/Video(s) for Reproduction. Subject to clause 5.1, Alamy shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by you or any third party arising from any alleged or actual defect in any Image/Video or its caption or in any way from its Reproduction.

    13. Downtime

      Due to the nature of server provision, downtime and lost transmissions may occur as part of routine maintenance. You are advised to maintain a copy of your account status and details of Image/Video(s) purchased.

    14. Miscellaneous terms

      • The License will terminate immediately if you (a) enter into voluntary or compulsory liquidation, (b) have a receiver appointed or (c) fail to perform any of your obligations under the Agreement within 28 days of our giving you notice to comply. In the event of termination, all rights granted will immediately revert to us and any further exploitation of any Image/Video shall constitute an infringement of copyright.
      • The License is conditional on you not being aware of or having received, prior to licensing any Image/Video, any correspondence, representations, complaints or claims from third parties (collectively “Claims”) alleging that the Image/Video in question is in breach of copyright or other third party intellectual property rights or is in some way unauthorised. Any such Claims existing at the time the Image/Video is purported to be licensed will render any License granted void from the beginning.
      • No variation of any of these Terms shall be effective unless in writing and signed by Alamy and you. No action of Alamy, other than an express written waiver, may be construed as a waiver of any clause of this Agreement. In the event that Alamy waives any specific part of this Agreement, such fact does not mean that any other part is waived. In the event of any inconsistency between the Terms and the terms contained in any purchase order or other communication sent by you, the terms of this Agreement shall prevail.
      • Should any clause of this Agreement be found unenforceable, that will not affect any other clause and each will remain in full force and effect.
      • In the event Alamy retains an attorney or collection agency to collect any outstanding payment due by you, you agree to pay all collection costs, attorneys' fees and court costs relating thereto, in addition to any outstanding amounts due and applicable interest.
      • The validity of this Agreement and the interpretation and performance of all of its terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York. You hereby irrevocably agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction and venue of any state or federal court located in the City of New York, State of New York, and expressly waive any claim or defense that such forum is not convenient or proper for purposes of any action arising under this Agreement. The parties hereto waive any right they may have to a jury trail.
      • You recognize that the Image/Video(s) possess a special, unique and extraordinary character which makes difficult the assessment of monetary damages which Alamy or its Contributors might sustain by an unauthorized use. You agree that irreparable injury would be caused to Alamy or its Contributors by such unauthorized use, and that injunctive relief would be appropriate in the event of breach of this Agreement.
      • If after notice to you, you fail to take any action which you are obliged to take hereunder, Alamy and its Contributors shall have the right and option, but not the duty, to bring an action for specific performance to compel such action, and obtain all reasonable costs, expenses, attorney's fees and disbursements with respect thereto if such specific performance is awarded by a court of competent jurisdiction.
      • This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective legal representatives, successors, and assigns.
      • This Agreement supersedes all prior understandings both oral and written between the Parties and constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties.
  2. Terms and conditions of sale for credit accounts

    1. Interpretation

      • In these conditions:

        “Buyer”
        means the person who makes the purchase of the Image online through the Alamy website or who authorises the Seller to make a purchase on their behalf.

        “Image”
        means the digital image that is supplied to the Buyer to fulfil their purchase.

        “Seller”
        means Alamy Inc, a company registered in New York State .

        “Conditions”
        means the standard terms and conditions of sale for account customers set out in this document and the End User License Agreement (“License agreement”).

        “License agreement”
        means the contract for purchase and sale of Images

        “Website”
        means the website operated by Alamy Inc.

        “Writing”
        includes facsimile transmission and comparable means of communication.

      • The headings of these conditions are for convenience only and shall not affect their interpretation.
    2. Basis of the sale

      • The Images may be purchased in a number of ways, either directly by the Buyer online using the Alamy website or by the Buyer directing an employee of the Seller to purchase the Images for them. In all cases the Buyer acknowledges that the sale has occurred.
      • The Buyer agrees that all Image sales are governed by the License agreement specific to each Image. The respective terms and conditions can be viewed here:
      • The Buyer acknowledges that the End User License Agreements (License agreements) referred to in clause 2.ii are liable to change and the License agreements in place on the Website at the time of each Image sale determine the terms applicable to that sale.
      • Any typographical, clerical or other error or omission in any sales literature, quotation, price list, acceptance of offer, invoice or other document or information issued by the Seller shall be subject to correction without any liability on the part of the Seller.
    3. Price of the images

      • The Seller shall sell and the Buyer shall purchase the Images at a price which can be set in a number of ways. The Buyer may purchase the Images at a price given by the Seller's price calculator on the Website, by the Buyer agreeing a quotation with the Seller, or in line with a price agreement already agreed upon by the Buyer and the Seller.
      • The price is exclusive of any applicable Sales Tax which the Buyer shall additionally be liable to pay the Seller.
    4. Terms of payment

      • Subject to any special terms agreed between the Buyer and the Seller the Seller will invoice the Buyer once the order process is complete on the Alamy website.
      • The Buyer shall pay the price of the Images within 30 days of the date of the Seller's invoice. Any alterations to this payment term have to be agreed in writing with the Seller. Receipts for payment will only be issued upon request.
      • The Seller operates a Cancellation Policy and its terms are summarised on each invoice. The Seller reserves the right to change this policy without notice.
      • Bank charges. The Buyer will pay for the Buyer’s bank charges and not deduct these from any amount owed to the Seller.
      • If the Buyer fails to make payment on the due date then, without prejudice to any other remedy available to the Seller, the Seller shall be entitled to:
        • Cancel the contract or suspend further services for the Buyer.
          • Charge interest on overdue invoices and reasonable recovery costs. The Seller understands and will exercise our statutory right to claim interest and compensation for debt recovery costs if we are not paid according to agreed terms at a rate of 1.5% per month.
    5. Credit Account Terms

      • The Buyer agrees that the Seller has the right to set Credit Limits on the account as they see fit and to withhold further credit at the Seller’s discretion.
      • The Seller has the right at all times to terminate the Credit account and not to allow any future purchases.
    6. Insolvency

      • This clause applies if:
        • The Buyer makes any voluntary arrangement with its creditors or files for protection under bankruptcy codes 7, 9, 11, 13 or 15..
        • An encumbrancer takes possession of any of the property or assets of the Buyer; or
        • The Buyer ceases, or threatens to cease, to carry on business; or
        • The Seller reasonably apprehends that any of the events mentioned above is about to occur in relation to the Buyer and notifies the Buyer accordingly.
      • If this clause applies then, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller, the Seller shall be entitled to cancel the License agreement or suspend any further deliveries of Images to the Buyer without liability to the Buyer, and if the Images have been delivered but not paid for then the price for them shall become immediately due and payable notwithstanding any previous agreement or arrangement to the contrary.
    7. General

      • Any notice required or permitted to be given by either party to the other under these Conditions shall be in Writing addressed to that other party at its registered office or principal place of business or other such address as may at the time be relevant having been notified pursuant to this provision to the party giving notice.
      • The Seller’s Conditions of Sale will apply exclusively to all dealings between the Seller and the Buyer.
      • No waiver by the Seller of any breach of the License agreement by the Buyer shall be considered as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision.
      • If any provision of these Conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the other provisions of these Conditions and the remainder of the provisions in question shall not be affected.
      • The validity of this agreement and the interpretation and performance of all of its terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York. You hereby irrevocably agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction and venue of any state or federal court located in the City Of New York, State of New York, and expressly waive any claim or defense that such forum is not convenient or proper for purposes of any action arising under this agreement.