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From time to time I've had one or two photographs published, mainly in Horse and Hound but sometimes in other magazines too.

Last week a news agency phoned me and asked for a couple of photos. I signed an agreement and everything was hunky dory.

Until today.

Mrs Snips spotted a photo in Horse and Hound earlier which is fine. I, however, have just discovered that it's also in the Daily Mail (online). Do I hang my head in shame?

Money and Copyright?

I'm no specialist on this matter - far from it - but for those wanting to know a little more about this aspect of media photography, from what I have learned you have to trust the media world if you want your photographs published. They will always ask first so if you don't want them published they will move on and leave you alone.

My two photographs were "nicked" off Facebook. I've spoken to the person who took them and tried invoicing him. He said he'd pay and then said he didn't use PayPal. Heard that one before!!

This is slightly off topic but what is relevant is that if he hadn't put my photographs up in his profile then the news agency wouldn't have found them.

Swings and roundabouts.

The result from last Thursday's call is I had to sign an agreement to go 50/50 with them. They would sell the story as much as possible. I was going to suggest they pay my normal rate but then I shut up quickly as the photos are over two years old and unlikely to be bought. I might get £5 it could be £150 - who knows? I might be credited in the articles, I might not be.

I have absolutely no idea how much I'll be receiving but I have learned to trust them. Payment can take a good six weeks or more but now the story has been published (I've googled) I know I'll receive something. The press often has a poor name but on this side, in my experience payment and "my word is my bond" seems to be held in high esteem.

 


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