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NUJ contacts FT over freelance work in online archive

29 January 2010

The NUJ has contacted the Financial Times to protest about the unauthorised use of freelance work on its subscribers’ online archive.

Late last year, the FT made its entire archive available online to subscribers. A number of NUJ members have contacted the union, complaining that nobody at the FT had even asked their permission to use their work in this way.

John Toner, NUJ freelance organiser, said he has put two simple questions to the FT:

  • how will the publisher obtain permission for the use of freelance work and
  • what are its proposals for payment for this use?

John Toner added:

"Some publishers can 'forget' that freelances own the rights in their work. However, I would expect the FT to be better informed. I hope they will respond in a positive manner."

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