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NUJ condemns 'iniquitous' Time Inc. contract

27 November 2014

The NUJ has condemned an all-rights agreement being imposed on freelances by Time Inc.

The agreement requires freelances to assign copyright “and all other rights of every kind or description”. In addition, freelances are expected to waive their moral rights. This means they would have to surrender their right to be credited as the author of their work and the right to object to derogatory treatment.

No reference is made as to when the freelance could expect to be paid.

The terms would govern all future commissions offered by Time Inc.

The NUJ freelance office has written twice to the company, but has had no reply.

John Toner, NUJ freelance organiser, said:

"This is an appalling agreement that is weighted heavily in favour of the company. The company is using its dominant position in the industry to enforce these terms on freelance – without negotiation. It is simply a case of take-it-or-leave-it.
“We are more than willing to talk to Time Inc. to try to achieve an agreement that is fair to both parties, but we cannot get a response from them. We urge all freelances to raise their concerns with their commissioning editors. The NUJ will continue to lobby for the outlawing of such iniquitous contract."

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