Ah, the dark side of citizen journalism: You do the work, we keep all the rights and profit. This Media Guardian article airs complaints about the Telegraph in the UK with respects to rights-grabbing.
The Daily Telegraph's plan to encourage readers to send in pictures taken on cameras and mobile phones has come under attack from professional agencies for its “draconian” terms and conditions.
The paper's strategy to increase contributions from its readers was described as a “rip-off” by one agency that specialises in selling amateur pictures to newspapers.
Under the Telegraph's terms and conditions, the paper gets to “exercise all copyright and publicity rights” to the pictures, which it can then sell on or use for its own publicity purposes.
Kyle MacRae, who runs the Scoopt picture agency, accused the paper of “exploiting people's goodwill”.
“It's entirely legitimate for publishers to ask for contributions but I do have a problem when they take it to this level of rights-grabbing. These are draconian terms.
“My concern is over the value of the pictures, which could be syndicated and sold on again and again without the original owner ever being paid. It's a gross exploitation of people's goodwill.”