Big payout for stolen work - after NUJ's involvement
Case features in new NUJ 'What does the NUJ do for freelances?' recruitment video
OWEN Holdaway caught an Isis sniper's bullet hitting his friend's chest on video, recorded at close quarters. Happily his friend survived and Holdaway thought his clip might be viral gold dust. Before he profited, however, a news aggregator stole his shot and broadcast it to the world. He was initially offered just £50 for his work - but after the NUJ intervened, he was paid £6,500.
His is one of the cases highlighted in the freelance sector’s new recruitment video. You can watch it here.
Freelance organiser Pamela Morton explained the purpose of the film. "We know that there are thousands of freelances who do not benefit from NUJ membership. Hopefully this video will bring our work to wider attention and encourage more to join".
Morton explained that her hope is that freelances who are already members will share the package on social media.