Blogger Alice Taylor has confirmed to BJP that it has yet to reach a settlement with the Daily Mail over the unauthorised use of her images.
Earlier this week, Taylor exposed the Daily Mail over the unauthorised use of two of her images, which portrayed a skinny mannequin in a Gap store. Taylor explained that she had received a request from Mail Online's picture desk for the use of the images.
When Taylor requested £250 for the images - the money would have gone to a charity - the Daily Mail explained that it wasn't within its mean. Subsequently, Taylor refused to grant permission for the use of her images. However, within hours the Mail published Taylor's images - forgoing payment.
Yesterday, after BJP contacted the Daily Mail, a spokesman assured us that the matter had been settled. But, Taylor tells BJP that's not the case. "I've asked them to suggest an appropriate donation, given their wriggling and attempts to avoid paying at all - and the fact that the material is still there, unlinked. I think £1000 per picture is too much of a light get-off, considering their behaviour!"
In an update to her blog post, Taylor shares more details about her conversations with the Daily Mail. She writes that a picture editor, Stefan Jeremiah, who is based in NYC, reached out to her. "Stefan first explained it was 'human error', to which I replied, 'I thought you'd say that'."
Jeremiah then "said the Daily Mail was willing to pay the originally-requested charitable donation of £250," writes Taylor. "I replied absolutely not, I'm not willing to go back to that since the current offer was £1000 per photo," which will go to two charities of Taylor's choosing.
Taylor is not alone in her fight against the Daily Mail. Over the past year, BJP has reported on numerous cases of copyright infringements involving the British newspaper. Following Taylor's case, a number of photographers have reached out to BJP to tell of their ordeals with the Daily Mail, and we invite all photographers that have see their images used without authorisation to contact us.
Email BJP's news and online editor Olivier Laurent at email@example.com.
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