BBC pays up for using BW reader's photos without permission
You know the story by now; avid Bitterwallet reader Chris noticed the BBC had used his photographs on their website without permission. Chris asked for a credit or a link back to his own website, a reasonable request since BBC staff had ignored a very obvious copyright notice when purloining the images. Instead, the BBC refused to acknowledge Chris and deleted the images instead. He pushed the corporation for an explanation, caught them in a lie and consequently invoiced them for £600 for unauthorised use and copyright infringement.
That was the story last week. Yesterday, we updated you with news of the BBC trying to fob Chris off with a minimal payment. Chris refused. He's now been back in touch, and the BBC has agreed to pay his invoice in full. Below is the email trail between the two; you'll notice how the BBC hasn't got a leg to stand and drops to its knees like a Swansea hooker:
I will exceptionally agree that, due to our error, we should pay you £100 per still for the unlicensed use on our web-site.
But you must accept that there were only 3 stills - not 6.
With all due respect, this is still unacceptable.
A photography license will refer to the single use of a single image, that license agreement does not count re-runs or minor changes, it is simply one licence for one use per image as defined by the NUJ advice for online use of images. The BBC stole three images from a third party website and each was used on two separate pages with separate web addresses and separate page content, hence six licences. That is and shall remain my bottom line.
This has been a hugely frustrating experience and this continued arrogance from the BBC is appalling. For the sake of expediency I will have to insist that this matter is resolved to my satisfaction on or before the 23rd of this month, that is this Friday. After this date I will refer the matter to the BBC Trust complaints and the small claims court.
I will arrange for payment of £600 to be forwarded to you.
Please forward you bank details as follows:
It isn't the first time the BBC has lifted photos for their use, and it probably won't be the last. Well done to Chris for sticking to his guns and getting a result.