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Update On Nonpayment From Ad Agency  
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2777 times:
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PHOTO SCREENER

Many of you will remember the thread I created a month ago asking for advice on how to handle the nonpayment of some photo sales to an ad agency in the UK. Here is an update.

After a week of no contact, I went through two weeks of runarounds (we need this, oh now we need this, please fax it, never got the fax, can you call, are you sure you sent it to the right fax number etc etc etc) and another week of hoping (fools gold) I have reached the end of the line.

Tomorrow morning an email will go out to the ad agency rep, the multiple "contacts" who have given me the run around, and of course their client, who was the person that originally contacted me about said shots, telling them to 1) Destroy any work that features my pictures or copies of my pictures and 2) Not use my work going forward.

There is no renegotiation, or asking (hoping) for better terms. They need to know straight away they are no longer able to use my work, so that there is no chance for "miscommunication" when they use my work. Part of my terms for the buy were disclosure of their media buy schedule IE I know where and when the adverts are scheduled to run.

I think it is funny how people label bullshit as miscommunication. "Oh, we were suppose to pay you? Sorry for the miscommunication!"

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User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

It can't be a very reputable ad agency if what you say is correct.

Only last week I was asked to send an invoice together with a photo (on this site) to a company in Belgium. Since they didn't reply to a couple of e-mails I sent I was a bit hesitant. However, I got paid this morning within 3 days of sending it. I guess it all comes down to trust.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2743 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

They are worldwide, with agencies in every major european city and in the US, including Seattle.

User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

Well, if I were you I would telephone the office where you sent the stuff and ask to speak to the head honcho. Can't ad agencies take weeks even a few months to pay? First sale I ever got was for a national newspaper and it took them 2 months to send me a cheque.

User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

Sure they can, but its been 7 weeks plus my contract with them stated payment upon receipt of the image.

User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2072 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
HEAD SUPPORT

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 4):
my contract with them stated payment upon receipt of the image.

That's why I always chose the option "image upon receipt of the money"; that way if they don't pay it's their bad and I don't have any troubles.

Thierry



"Go ahead...make my day"
User currently offlineEK20 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 5):
I always chose the option "image upon receipt of the money"

If I did that I would have lost a lot of sales!


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2668 times:

Sorry Click, I hope someone else takes the same picture and does right by you.

User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2629 times:

Dissapointing news Royal. Its too bad it didn't work out in your favour because by all accounts you did the right thing. How do you rate your chances of them disposing of all your work as requested? Has any of it gone to print or been distributed? Did you consider any legal action?


It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2621 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

They had better dispose of it or I will put together a war party bunch of lawyers to kick some ass.

First media buy is AW&ST set for the last week of this month.


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