freelance contributions

Helpful information for contributors providing work to the network and Ltd. e-learning platform and their associated online websites, magazines, or any media forms.

Published: The networks’ and the Ltd. e-learning platforms’ terms of business for freelance writers and contributors.

The network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms are happy to publish work produced by freelance writers and contributors, and their work is showcased in the titles daily and appreciated worldwide by our readers. Some contributors, including readers whose letters and reviews are published, don't receive a fee, but do get the opportunity to have their work published in a worldwide network with their cooperation partners and the Ltd. e-learning platforms and their online news.

It is very important for both parties that there is a clear understanding early on over what rights in the material are owned by which party. As is the case with other online news, newspapers and magazines, we need to have certain rights to allow us to do things with all the material in our titles and media.

One example is that since the early days of the internet we have put the information online, on our own group's and network websites and those of other third party hosts. This gives our material much greater exposure and ensures that the quality writing which we publish in the network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms is widely available to interested readers in a variety of archives and sites on the net.

We also license photocopying, and feed the contents of the network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms to a range of associated newspapers and magazines and other outlets.

Writers will note that apart from our own right of first publication, which is exclusive, all network and Ltd. e-learning platforms’ other rights are non-exclusive which means that writers and contributors can also freely exploit the works themselves in these marketplaces.

Accordingly, freelance writers and contributors should be aware that the Terms set out below are the terms of business that will apply to all material you may provide to us, however supplied - commissioned, sent on spec or whatever.

There can be no variation of these Terms. The only exception to this rule would be in the event that a Director of the network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms has expressly varied the Terms by a prior agreement in writing. If any writer is not happy with the Terms then they should not offer us any material, nor accept any commission from us.




1. The important point for you is that you retain copyright in the material.

2. For its part, the network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms has the following rights over the material:

2.1 the exclusive, worldwide right to first publication in online platforms, newspapers/magazines or any media;

2.2 the non-exclusive right to publish, syndicate, distribute and exploit the material in all present and future media and formats, including print, electronic, online and others. If your material is syndicated by us to an end user customer as an individual piece of work in print ("spot sale") you will receive 50% of the net revenue attributable to that sale;

2.3 the non-exclusive right to include the material on any website and in any database, archive or library on- or off-line or in any other present or future media; and

2.4 non-exclusive reprographic rights

3. All the rights detailed above may be exercised by the network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms or by others to whom we have licensed these rights. You will note that the rights we get under points 2-4 are non-exclusive so you are also free to exercise these rights, but of the network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms syndication department is set up to handle all enquiries for spot sales in print so we ask you to pass on to them any such enquiries that may be directed to you.

The network and the Ltd. e-learning platforms' continuing ability to commission material from freelance writers is dependent on us holding the necessary rights. Therefore any material a freelance writer submits to us is deemed to have been supplied in full knowledge and acceptance of these Terms.

Revised 27th January 2014


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