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#1 Matti


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 01:57 PM

Hi There,
I have recently received an email from Solent News from the UK to publish/ distribute one or more of my photos. They are offering 50% for this. Any dealings with Solent and any other advice comments.



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#2 decosnapper


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Posted 10 February 2015 - 06:07 AM

I had some tentative discussions with Solent News a while back, but they went no further.


With all of these deals, the key thinks to think about are:-


What's in the contract? Is there a sub-licensing clause?* What triggers payment? What percentage?


What is the average license fee they charge? How likely will my work attract top fees? 


If I were to contact the picture desks directly, could I make more money with less effort?


Anecdotally, I have heard that licensing fees for use on some very high profile websites can result in a mere £10 into the creator's pocket. And this is for a site receiving hundreds of thousands of hits a day. And the terms usually mean the use rights are in perpetuity - in other words, forever.


And these popular sites are then scraped for content by the infringing masses...who then use your work for whatever purpose they see fit and yes I have seen my own work ending up in some very unsavoury places that would not have been licensed under any terms.


So you need to do a bit of homework. Figure out what the likely return is** and make a judgement call. If you can't guess already I'm not a fan and my work does not end up with syndication agencies.


*I can go into more detail about why sub-licensing clauses are the work of the devil himself and are to be avoided at all costs. Been there, not good.

**If they won't tell you, or give you a rough idea, then this would ring alarm bells.

Simon Brown