"For the first time, viewers’ contributions will not just be an add-on to coverage of the big stories – they will become an integral part of all three ITV News bulletins every day... A Citizen Exclusives section will give everyone a platform to contact the ITV News team directly if they have captured amazing exclusive footage."
Hurrah! And how exactly will ITV reward you for your "amazing exclusive footage"... footage that may be worth many thousands of pounds? Well, the devil is in the small print:
"By making a Submission to our Website, you grant us a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free and transferable licence (with the right to sub-license) to use, edit, reproduce, record, modify, translate, distribute, play, perform, make available to the other users of the Services, prepare derivative works of and to display your Submission by any medium or method whether now known or later developed to be exercised in our sole discretion throughout the world for the full term of copyright and other rights and all renewable and extension thereof including, for the avoidance of doubt, the right to register any design rights and/or trademarks. You agree to waive your moral rights in your Submission."
That's right -- you will receive no payment whatsoever... and ITV is free to sell on your contribution around the world to other media markets. You won't even get a credit, let alone cash.
It's amazing. When Scoopt launched two years ago, the mainstream media was all too willing to exploit 'user-generated content' and contributors were for the most part unaware that they could seek fair reward for newsworthy photos and videos. But times have changed, thanks in part to our efforts. If it's good enough to broadcast or publish, it's good enough to pay for. So send your newsworthy* content to Scoopt instead and we'll license it on your behalf to media buyers at the market rate -- and that includes ITV! And if your pic or video gets sub-licensed elsewhere, you'll get paid every time.
ITV Uploaded - Duff Deal of the Day.
* For more on newsworthy, see here.