Rights of Freelancers

Subject: Rights of Freelancers
From: Emanuella Giavarra (ecup.secr@dial.pipex.com)
Date: pe 17 loka   1997 - 13:18:23 EEST

Dear list members,

I found in the US ASJA Contracts Watch nr.51 of 30 September 1997 (the
news bulletin of the American Society of Journalists and Authors) the
following announcement.

A court in the Netherlands has ordered an Amsterdam daily newspaper to
pay three freelancers who sued over unauthorized archival use of their
articles in CD-ROM format and on the Internet. In its decision, last
week, the court rejected the contention by DE VOLKSKRANT, the country's
second largest daily, that the new media uses were merely extensions of
the print publication and found the newspaper guilty of copyright
infringement. A newspaper manager was quoted complaining that paying to
use freelance articles in electronic products might "seriously hamper
our efforts." The three writers were backed in their suit by the
Netherlands Journalists' Union (NVJ). Union secretary Inge Brakman
applauded the decision, adding: "A publisher invests in computers, so
why not in content?".

Kind regards,
Emanuella Giavarra

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