Photographers in Guardian Rights Dilemma
Re: Change to terms and conditions for commissioned photography
You will no doubt be aware that we, like every other media outlet in the UK, are experiencing very difficult trading conditions brought about by declining circulations and falling advertising revenues.
As a result we have been compelled to review all of our costs across the company, including the terms and conditions under which we trade with news and picture agencies and freelances.
We are writing to inform you that GNM will cease paying reuse fees in respect of photography it commissions from 01 September 2009. What this means is that from this date GNM’s standard terms for commissioned photography shall include a non-exclusive, perpetual licence to re-use commissioned photography in its products and services without further payment.
For your reassurance, copyright ownership of the pictures you supply to GNM remains with you; stock photography and photography commissioned prior to 01 September 2009 are unaffected and will continue to attract our standard space rates; and our standard syndication terms remain unchanged.
Our Freelance Charter (http://www.guardian.co.uk/
Should you have any queries regarding the change to our terms and conditions, please contact