The European Federation of
Journalists (EFJ) today condemned the German publishing
company Bauer Media Group for imposing " anti- authors' rights " contracts on
freelance journalists and photographers in the UK.
"Once again, Bauer is attempting to exploit
loopholes in UK copyright law by using unfair contracts to strip away authors' rights of
journalists," said EFJ President Arne
has learned that 200 freelance journalists and
photographers working at Bauer's music magazines Kerrang!,Mojo and Q were given an ultimatum to sign away all their rights by 16 April 2010.
says these contracts require freelances to give ‘an exclusive,
irrevocable and unconditional' right to Bauer for multiple use of their work worldwide without
further payment. Bauer threatens to stop commissioning freelances who
refuse to sign the new contracts.
"These unfair contracts would seriously undermine
both the livelihood of journalists and standards in the media. They would allow Bauer to modify journalists'
work at will. Yet journalists would face the legal consequences for the use of
their work," said
As part of their
campaign against unfair contracts, the EFJ will send a letter to the Bauer media
Group and demand Bauer put an end to the right-grabbing contracts
immediately and renew talks with journalists to negotiate fair contracts.
For more information contact the EFJ at
+32 2 235 2215
The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists
in over 30 European countries