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Glasgow photographers reject Trinity Mirror rights grab

20 February 2009

Around 150 freelance photographers have rejected attempts by Trinity Mirror in Glasgow to worsen the terms and conditions under which they work.

Derek Stewart-Brown, Managing Editor of the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail, wrote to photographers earlier this month to say that they had until today to accept new terms without any additional increase in fees.

Under the proposals, photographers would be signing away their creative rights to the company. The photographers wrote in response rejecting the new conditions and restating their existing terms.

The NUJ has entered negotiations with the papers' management over the proposals.

Paul Holleran, NUJ Scottish Organiser, said:

"The attempt to impose a deadline has been roundly ignored by photographers. The union is seeking to meet the company next week to discuss how our members can get a fair deal from the titles."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, said:

"Trinity Mirror needs to engage with the people working for its titles, it can't simply stake a claim to rights like this."

Tags: , photographers, trinity mirror, copyright, terms and conditions, freelance, glasgow, daily record, sunday mail, authors' rights