TVNZ nicks a story, doesn’t attribute and steals Maori Television’s revenue

The other day I blogged about Meteria Turei and her marijuana ideas, NZ First then issued a press release and I blogged again about it this morning.

TVNZ is now running a story about it. Which is good, it needs more coverage.

Metiria Turei’s claim that Maori growing marijuana are developing entrepreneurial and horticultural skills has been slammed as “mind-blowingly ridiculous” by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

The Green Party co-leader made the comment on Maori TV’s Native Affairs programme this week, but she has been cut down by Dunne, who branded the claim as “ridiculous” and “irresponsible in the extreme”.

In the show, Turei said growing the illegal drug helps develop “real skills” among Maori, particularly in disadvantaged areas.

“There’s some real skills there actually, some real entrepreneurial skills, some real horticulture skills, as much as people might think that’s a bit funny,” she said.

However the way they have gone about this story it is somewhat disturbing.

First of all TVNZ doesn’t credit where the story came from. Now you might say they could have found the story themselves and they could have. Except they have lifted the Youtube edit of the story that I did, exactly, from my Youtube channel. In the screenshot below you can see they credit the source as Youtube. The only place this can be found on Youtube is my channel. 


TVNZ steals content

But is gets worse. They aren’t using the Youtube embed, instead they have ripped it, then plonked their branding in a watermark bottom left and worse they are running pre-roll ads in the front. A couple of times I have by mistake and been contacted by the TV company concerned…one of which was TVNZ…and removed the advertising, I also don;t use a watermark anymore for the same reasons. However perhaps I should put my watermark on edits I have done to prevent TVNZ stealing content.

Whenever I use source footage from other media I NEVER run re-roll ads or even the usual Youtube ads. It isn’t my content and I shouldn’t make money off of it. It hasn’t stopped TVNZ though. Firstly it is Native Affairs/Maori TV footage, secondly it is my edit, exactly.

This is pretty shoddy stuff from TVNZ who like to aggressively protect their own footage.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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