At the the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on Saturday 9 April, experts spoke about the copyright aspects news outlets should be concerned with when using user-generated content.
Copyright plays a key role into how people should approach using someone else’s work. This could be from pictures, videos or anything else that is produced by an individual. It is important that people take ownership of their work and it is morally wrong from people to take it and use it for there own personal gain.
Trust is vital between a journalist and their sources as it puts the source at ease and makes them more willing to grant permissions to use their works.
“If you’re trying to create trust and build a relationship with your sources or the community, treating creators of material fairly is important.” stated Mr Adam Rendle, senior associate at international law firm, Taylor Wessing.
Rendle also pointed out the four C’s of using eyewitness media from social networks: control, credit, cash and conversations. This is what people want for their works.
There is many examples of where copyright has been breached;
There was a copyright infringement that was upheld by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke by their 2013 hit ‘blurred line’. In a court of law they ruled that, they breached copyright. As there track was too similar to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit.The Gaye’s family spoke publicly to the press stating ‘they want all sales to be put on hold till the issue has been resolved.’ The outcome of this was that they had to pay a large fee of 7.3 million to Mavin Gaye’s family members.
Sirius XM record label was also in breach of the copyright infringements as they used music from ‘The Band Turtles.’ A lawsuit was filed by the band members Flow and Eddy. The suit asks for more than $100 million in damages.