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11-09-09, 10:24 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
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I have a question if you don't mind. Last year I attended my Nieces dance club show and took pictures and decided to e-mail them to my local free newspaper which deals with news of all sorts to do with the local community, it is a proper news paper and does have press photographers on their books and news teams etc. Anyway my cover letter or e-mail gave all the pertinent facts who, when, where and why and I asked if they would be interested in using them and confirm receipt of said images. I was contacted the next day to confirm they had received the images then heard no more, a week later my brother-in-law told me that my pictures were in the Crosby Herald their sister paper and the one I would not get in the Bootle area. Four of my images were used in their entertainment section along with a brief write up of the facts I had given them. I received no credit for the images and no payment, by sending the images had I given up my rights to those images and had they just summised that I was just some happy snapper, which personally I feel I am more than that and my images would have shown that although not masterpieces. I am a bit aggrieved that they did not contact me to tell me they wanted to use them and then to use them in a different paper, at the very least I would have liked a credit for the images. I won't be doing anything about it now but I really was chuffed and P****d off at the same time.
Send them a bill for the use of those images see here for rates:
Work out the cost and invoice them, if they give some glib answer about not paying, point out that you sent to images to your local paper and not them. If they still refuse say you will take them to the small claims court, check your local CAB for details.
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