The Daily Mail has been accused of using Thomas Welfoot's photograph of Edward Woollard [middle image] without his authorisation. Scan courtesy of Thomas Welfoot.
Thomas Welfoot, a student photographer that took part in the student protests in early November 2010, tells BJP that his photo of Edward Woollard, the 18-year-old who threw a fire extinguisher on police forces, has been used five times by The Daily Mail and Mail Online without his authorisation and without payment.
Back in November, Welfoot was in a pub telling friends that he had shot an image of Woollard when a Sky News reporter, having overheard the conversation, approached him. "I sold my image to Sky News," says Welfoot. However, a few days later, the photographer was made aware that his image [see below] had been published in The Daily Mail and online.
"At first, I thought Sky News had sold my image to The Daily Mail, but when I contacted them, they told me they had no deal with the newspaper and that it must have been lifted from the Sky News site."
Welfoot contacted The Daily Mail's associate picture editor, Janet Tomlinson, who advised the photographer to send an invoice. "Considering that the image had been used both in the paper and online - twice online - without my authorisation, and considering the importance of the story, I sent them an invoice for £1000."
But Welfoot had to wait "a very long time," before he received a call from one of The Daily Mail's accountant. "He told me that he had been instructed to pay only £150. This is ridiculous," Welfoot tells BJP. "And while this was happening, they used my image a third and fourth time. All Tomlinson could tell me was ‘what do you want me to do about it'."
BJP has contacted The Daily Mail for comment, but has yet to receive an answer.
Welfoot's case come a few weeks after Mavrix Photo, a Los Angeles and Miami-based celebrity photography agency, sued The Daily Mail for copyright infringement, alleging that the newspaper had used up to 10 of its images without authorisation.
Thomas Welfoot's original image, courtesy of the photographer:
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