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Copyright Guidelines for Publishers and Editors

1. Remember, copyright is the cornerstone of a creative society, the only means by which those who create original material can continue to benefit from the full value of their work.

2. Never seek to buy ownership of copyright from non-staff contributors. This is bad practice.

3. It is good practice for a contributor to retain copyright and sell licenses for the use of his or her material.

4. Always be clear about which rights you are buying, bearing in mind the needs of your organisation and the fact that most contributors will want to strike a deal provided the terms are right.

5. Be prepared to negotiate extra payments for extra rights, beyond basic first use of the material (see below).

6. Allow for the fact that not all contributors may want you to syndicate their material for them. Some can strike better deals on their own.

7. Wherever possible, put the terms you have agreed in writing so as to minimise confusion and avoid disputes.

Extra Uses

Contributors license you to use their work, for which they are paid a fee. Extra uses of their work, for which extra fees are paid, include:

  • storage in a publicly accessible archive or database
  • publication on a CD-ROM
  • re-publication by the company in print
  • re-publication on a directly connected website
  • publication on another website
  • syndication, either through spot sales or through subscribers

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use a professional photographer?

How do you find the right photographer?

How do photographers charge?

Who owns the copyright in the images?

Why don't I get the right to use the images wherever I want?

What if I want to use it for things I don't have a licence for?

If I've paid for the film, processing or digital files why can't I keep all the work?

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Copyright guidelines for publishers and editors

Thanks to the National Union of Journalists (UK) the original creators of these
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