I am a complete amateur and beginner in underwater video and as a matter of fact got busy learning how to rebreath during the past few months, so not much into video filming lately.
Imagine my surprise when I got a YouTube request from a producer at the BBC asking whether he could use some of my footage for their program.
The show is called "Nature's Weirdest Events" and they are apparently relying on a lot of YouTube footage (if not exclusively).
The conditions offered to me were far from generous but OK with me.
I am pasting them here for your review:
I understand that you have kindly supplied the footage “pyrosome-Garibaldi encounter footage”, which we intend to include in the above programme. I am writing to thank you for this appreciated assistance and to confirm that:
i) You hereby grant the British Broadcasting Corporation (“the BBC”), BBC Worldwide Limited and its/their licensees and assigns the non-exclusive right by way of a licence to use the Material for all purposes (including use in all media now known or which may hereafter become known) throughout the world for the full period of copyright and any extensions, revivals and renewals thereof; 10 years – clearable for a further two years
ii) There shall be no obligation on the part of the BBC to use the Material or any part thereof;
iii) You warrant that the Material is original material of which you are the sole owner and that the exploitation of the Material by the BBC shall not violate or infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and you shall hold the BBC harmless in respect of the same;
iv) In recognition of the needs of television production you hereby grant to the BBC the unlimited right to edit copy add to take from adapt or translate the Material
v) Except as described above, any proposed use of the material within subsequent BBC broadcasts or further distribution of the above programme will require separate consent and possible payment to be agreed as and when applicable. The copyright of the footage remains entirely yours. You are simply allowing the production a non-exclusive licence to feature your footage in this one programme only
vi) In recognition of your contribution the production will – pay you the sum of $80, credit your footage on the programme’s website, provide a copy of the programme featuring your footage
If this is acceptable, please would you complete the section below and return this letter to me. Thank you again for your help and co-operation in this matter.
Now what I found surprising is that after having briefly discussed the basics (OK for them to use my footage for a 1) one time $80 payment, 2) credit in the programme and 3) copy of the programme sent to me), I was sent a request to upload the file without even been sent any kind of contract. The text above was sent to me by email after I requested it as a pre-condition for me to upload the file. Lots of the wording came out of nowhere as far as I am concerned, as we only add briefly agreed on the 3 points above.
Once again, I am not in this for money, fame or recognition, but simply a bit surprised by this being the practice of a BBC producer.
Note that I did not remove the BBC letter head, there were none, simply the name and title of the producer (which I removed) and a BBC disclaimer at the end. Not even as a PDF attachment, but in plain text within the body of the email...
Any comment would be appreciated.