VORTEX003 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 36 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2462 times:
Last week i discovered a photo of mine accompanying a news article about the local Police helicopter.I was not asked for permission to use this photo,nor credited - and i contacted the editor seeking payment - without reply.
Looking at UK copyright law it seems that 'fair usage' applies to news,and they are under no obligation to even ask to use the photo - never mind pay for it.
Am i right in thinking that every time they choose to write an article concerning the use of the Police helicopter,they can use my photo regardless?
Plainplane From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 812 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
I would think that fair usage would only apply to a photo of a newsworthy event in progress, not just anybody's photo of an aircraft simply because a new story is being made about it. Your rights have most likely been violated. Legal action may be required in this case since the agency that used your image has refused contact.
INNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 61 Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
I agree, call them.
Ask for the chief editor, or even the manager of the paper, say you are a photographer. The receptionist doesn't need to know more. Then, once you got the right person on the line, go and talk to him about that.
It is unlikely that a newspaper would refuse to pay you over that, simply because they know there's hardly a leg for them to stand on.
Still, if you want to do it right, get legal advice, and no, not on the internet