Amber Fallow

Another email to N.Z.P.A.

from: Whaleoil
to: Amber Fallow <[email protected]>

date: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Re: NZPA use of Whale Oil Beef Hooked story.

Hi Amber,

Further to our recent discussion regarding payment for content, I would like to draw you attention to a recent NZPA report about the Labour Party stealing parliamentary funds in order to lie to the public about GST published on August 13, 2010.

This was subsequent to this blog breaking news of the brochure and publishing its contents in its entirety (something no news organisation, including yours, has so far failed to do) a full six days before NZPA. This blog also revealed that the poor islander family struggling to make ends meet in the brochure is in fact well known South Auckland Labour party activists, one with a job on the Wiri Licensing trust, and who is now also miraculously no longer impoverished he can fund a campaign along side George Hawkins for a position on the Manurewa Community Board. The second post was published 4 days before the NZPA repeater published.

This blogger is looking forward to NZPA only using original material. I know this will severely limit your output.

Perhaps your “churnalists”? and “repeaters” could get up earlier and do some journalism for a change.

In the interests of our on-going co-operation regarding content charges, I will waive my charge of $500 for the use of my content. Reduction of annoyance is usually complete with a link and acknowledgement of where your repeaters and churnalists got their story from. You will find that all bloggers do this regularly, with with a link or with a hat tip. Common courtesy would suggest that reciprocity is warranted.

Kind Regards


An email from N.Z.P.A.

From: Amber Fallow (NZPA)

To: “[email protected]
Hi Cameron,
I hope you?re well.
It has been pointed out to me that you have 2 NZPA images on your site
While we appreciate you using our images we appreciate even more being paid for the use of them.
If you would like to purchase the rights to use these images online then please let me know. Otherwise can you kindly remove them from the site.
Thanking you in advance.
Kind regards,
Amber Fallow
Content Services Manager
New Zealand Press Association
P +64 4 498 5391?? M +64 21 567 040?? E [email protected]
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My response:

To: Amber Fallow

Hi Amber,

Thank you for your email.

I think you will find that the images are in fact a link to your images and as such are being served by your image servers.

On another note, how about we come to a similar arrangement to which Steve Jobs and Bill Gates managed to come to regarding software licensing issues.

Whereby, if you agree not to charge me for the occasional low quality image from your publicly accessible website, I’ll then agree to let you use my content and thoughts (as you have in the past) at no charge for inclusion in your articles.

Thank you

By the way this email correspondence just made you and NZPA famous for being dickheads.

Cameron Slater