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One of my photos used by national newspaper without permission.

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Burlsey, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Burlsey

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Medway

    As the title, just writing an e-mail to the editor now, any ideas on what to write? Never had this happen before, and I thought you guys might be able to assist :)
     
  2. GeX

    Soldato

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    don't write a letter, send an invoice.
     
  3. Hatter The Mad

    Sgarrista

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    Location: UK

    Send an invoice, make some money. Which news paper is it? If it really is a national one (The Times, The Mirror etc), you should be looking at 5 figures.
     
  4. GeX

    Soldato

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    5 figures? calm down..

    i think around £250, but i'd bump it up a bit due to the whole copyright theft issue.
     
  5. MikeHunt79

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    That's a bit naughty, they often have to get a signature before printing pics...

    What was the pic of?
     
  6. Combat squirrel

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    More to the point, where did they get your photo from ? If it was facebook etc, you haven't got a hope.
     
  7. Burlsey

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  8. Combat squirrel

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  9. A.N.Other

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    Sorry, but what?
     
  10. Pringle W

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  11. Johnny|lucidcomposure

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    5 Figures! hahaha what land do you hail from. Maybe if it was front page material. filler articles I do not think so.
     
  12. D.P.

    Capodecina

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    Even 250 would seem excessive in these days of microstock, most filler photos can be had for under 1$!
     
  13. Burlsey

    Gangster

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    Location: Medway

    The photo is only in one place, on my PBase site.
     
  14. 4T5

    Man of Honour

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    Send them a Very polite invoice requesting your 285 pound fee & inform them that you will happily supply more pics on request & Thank them for there business. ;) + :cool: + :D
     
  15. neil_g

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    they could claim the images were sent to them so can use them under points 6 and 8 of their t&c's.
     
  16. Raymond Lin

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    Here is a tip, always start the first letter politely, if you end up suing them, this letter will be shown at Court and you don't want to come across aggressive from the get go. You want to be seen as the victim and be hard done by so the Court will compensate you, so you want to start out polite but state what you want at the same time.

    I'd send them something like this, send it by post, stuff email. Mark it urgent, or it could end up in the pile of post in the mail room for weeks.


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    URGENT


    Dear Editor

    Re: Photo in Article

    I refer to your article on "So that's what little boys are made of" and write to inform you that I am the photographer and copyright owner of the photo titled "Splashing out: He's in for a real shock". I enclose an invoice in the sum of £300 and look forward to receiving a cheque made payable to Mr John Doe in the next 14 days.

    Yours faithfully

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  17. naknakkus

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    Daily Mail, what do you expect? I wouldn't be surprised if they had an article complaining about rampant copyright theft on the same site.
     
  18. greedy123

    Wise Guy

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    lol +1
     
  19. Sh4rkie

    Wise Guy

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    That series of photos i've seen in a .ppt via email i'm sure, possibly on FB as well.
     
  20. GeX

    Soldato

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    possibly so, i was expecting to see it in print - not on a site. either way tho, copyright theft isn't funny and big papers cannot get away with it.

    this is something that happens a lot in urban exploration circles, it is very rare the press are given permission to publish any photos.. they just steal them instead, then get invoiced!
     


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