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Photographers jobs at risk with sneaky ideas.

ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 8:46AM

We have a local Newspaper here in Norfolk called the EDP that has started to ask jo public to put images in there paper for free have a look and see what you think.
They have been very cunning here with getting the public to put in there own news images and images relating to news there are a few of us photographers in Norfolk that believe they are going to if not already dramatically reducing there photographers and using the public instead for free.
The second bit that is just as cunning is that all rights of the photo that you put on the EDP sight are there's and you will have no say no control over what they do to your images.
People are failing to read the small print other than some of the pros i know who have now stopped using the site after putting a couple of unimportant photos to check this new site out.
Have a read on there small printed terms and make your own minds up this comes from a reliable source from within the company.

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
21 Jan 2012 9:35AM
It's exactly the same with our local newspapers and I've a feeling very similar to anything image or video you might upload to the TV companies such as the BBC, ITV and Sky news networks. Which is why I don't very often upload images to such things as Spring/Autumnwatch and similar such programs. I may have a punt with the BBC Countryfile competition and similar such stuff, but only because that's a competition and there may be, if lucky a reward for your work.

The local BBC News programme and website is exactly the same, they ask you to upload images to them of local sights and wildlife. So they can use it as a background while they broadcast the weather. But once they have an image they then feel Carte Blanche to post and use anywhere they see fit, one big con if you ask me! As I found to my cost a few years ago.......

KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 9:39AM
Not sure what the problem is, This is quite legal to do, they are openly showing you the conditions and people have the right not to add pictures, those that do agree.

We live in a different world now with millions opf cameras and people wishing to share there images, It is there choice, Me you and others dont have to right to tell them that is Right or wrong. It is there time, money and choice and not sure on what grounds we can tell them that what they enjoy is wrong.

These conditions are becoming the norm will become more so in future, Its a natural occurence of the internet making the world a much smaller place. If someone wants a garrenteed quality picture they will pay for it and that is the only exclusivity that a top photographer can offer.

I give all mine away for free as I choose to do, In doing so ive made a new life style , made lifelong friends and get opportunitys now I only dreamed of. peing paid wouldent even cover the advantages and benefits i get back from my actions.

A different Vuewpoint form some here I realise but honest and up to date in the real world
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
21 Jan 2012 9:48AM
Why not write to Archant & ask them to send you free copies of all their magazines in perpetuity. When they complain, point out to them that that's what they're doing with the photographs.
big fella 14 485 England
21 Jan 2012 10:02AM
Why not include a counter condition when submitting anything to them. If they subsequently use the item without countering your counter offer, then they have accepted your conditions and then will not have the right of free use!
John_Frid 12 514 57 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 10:04AM
I fully appreciate that those who have previously made a living out of selling images may not like this type of activity, but there is nothing wrong or even immoral with the practice in general.

However, where I do feel there is a problem is where the terms and conditions are not in plain simple to understand language, or where they are particularly and unreasonably hidden away. Assuming that the organisation asking for images is good on these two points then it is not their fault if people don't actually read the terms and conditions.

Having read the particular terms and conditions you have highlighted I feel they aren't what I would be happy to be subject to so I will not be submitting images. However, others may be happy with these T's & C's and if they are then that is fine.

Many people are happy to share their images free of charge, and are delighted to see them published or displayed. They may have no real concerns about such T's & C's and be happy to go along with them. In these cases both the organiser and participant are happy.
John_Frid 12 514 57 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 10:08AM

Quote:Why not include a counter condition when submitting anything to them. If they subsequently use the item without countering your counter offer, then they have accepted your conditions and then will not have the right of free use!

Nice idea big fella, but they have thought of that.. see conditions below.

1. By using the services of http://norfolk.iwitness24.co.uk/ , you expressly acknowledge and accept, without any reservation, the present Terms and Conditions of Use (the “TCU”). If you do not accept to be bound by the TCU, do not use and access the sections of this Website and the services it provides.
2. IWITNESS24 reserves the right to partially or fully revise the TCU at its own discretion and at any time. Any such modifications take effect as of the date of their posting on the Website. Your use of the Website from that date implies your acceptance and acknowledgement of the TCU as revised.
3. If you consider that the revised TCU are not or no longer acceptable, then do not use the Website.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
21 Jan 2012 11:20AM
There have been many discussions about the zero value of photographs. Archant and the others can use their T&Cs in the safe knowledge that enough punters will be happy to give their work in exchange for the thrill of seeing it published.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
21 Jan 2012 11:42AM
I think as photographers we must decide.. Do we want our name on a cheque or our name next to a pic in the paper......... I know which I prefer
thewilliam 9 6.1k
21 Jan 2012 1:04PM
When faced with a request for a free pic, one friend pointed out that the 9 digit number on his letterhead showed he was registered for VAT rather than as a Charity!
pentaxpete 13 641 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 2:16PM
Archant owns the local 'Romford Recorder' Group and I used to get some work with them especially as I was the only Freelance in Brentwood and could supply to the 'Brentwood Recorder' one or two jobs a week at £25 a go -- but two years ago it ALL STOPPED -- 'No Budget for Freelancers' any more -- they want FREE photos and GET them from the Council girl and any company having events supplies their own photos free - they have ONE Staff Photographer to cover all the areas the Recorder covers including Romford, Upminster, Hornchurch, Rainham, Brentwood . Archant is very crafty -- it owns many magazines as well as newspapers and will not pay any more -- snappers can earn more doing cleaning at £6 - 7 an hour or shelf stacking in Tesco !
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 2:50PM
We all need to value our Images and rights because it's not just the image we are letting the whole world see but the rights to that image and any sales from that image, it is extremely important for pro photographers who want exposure to read these term and conditions if you value your Images.
I hate sly crafty sneaky companies that are willing to steal your image as this is pretty much what they will do to anyone who is unsuspecting and does not read the term and conditions.
One of my photos was in the EDP last night and although nice to see i since learnt of the terms and conditions, now i have lost all rights to that image, so all i am saying is be careful what images you use if you want to send in photos, if it's some of your best work I would think again.
I have plans for my images to go into a book and now there's at least 4 images I cannot use without Archents approval no doubt.
macroman 15 15.3k England
21 Jan 2012 5:11PM
Just because you have granted Archant free use of your images doesn't neccesarily mean that you have lost your rights to use your images as you see fit.
You probably still own the copyright.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
21 Jan 2012 5:13PM
For several years I wrote a monthly two- or three-page article for one of Archant's titles - Sporting Shooter. The terms for payment for the article were fixed in advance and they always paid extra if I supplied photographs and they used them. But I notice that another of their titles - Photography Monthly - uses a lot of "free" photographs. Every month they publish a "Readers Gallery" type of feature where they give a prize of a memory card to the "Editor's Choice" and pay nothing for the remainder.

But, as has been said above, the important factor is that the T&Cs are clear - then photographers can decide whether or not they send them images.

The trap we must avoid falling into is to suggest that professional or freelance photographers have a "right" to exist. They do not. They only have an opportunity to make money from photography if there is a market for their work. Advancing technology is changing such markets continuously and some "jobs" disappear and other emerge. 30 years ago, no-one could have made a living as a web designer. If digital photography means that much of the market for photographs can now be met by amateurs who are willing to provide images in exchange for the joy of seeing their pictures in print or on-line, then that is that. No point crying over spilt milk. The world is changing and will continue to change. Some of us may regret some of the changes some of the time but that does not give us a right to impede progress or, indeed, define what "progress" is.
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
21 Jan 2012 5:33PM
....I think it is an excellent idea and if it were a paper local to me and I was credited with my pictures I would gladly submit some photos:

....At least then I may get judged against the worst photographers as opposed to, very unfairly, I often think, Smile
..... the best of EPZ.

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