March 30, 2005

Freelancer Copyright Sustained [7:22 am]

Freelancers Hit the Jackpot

A settlement reached last Wednesday in a class-action online publishing lawsuit could mean plenty of freelance writers will be eligible to receive their share of up to $18 million dollars from big media companies, once the agreement receives court approval that is expected in the next few weeks.

The settlement, which could net qualifying freelancers a collective minimum of $10 million and maximum of $18 million, is the result of a lawsuit meant to remunerate writers for work that had been published over the years in online databases without their approval.

See also Boston Globe’s Database operators settle copyright suit [pdf]; NYTimes’ Settlement in Freelance Writers' Suit

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