At NowPublic we’ve always believed in giving our contributors credit for their hard work. Most members send us stories, photos and videos because they think their message is important and want to get it out to the public. In some cases their content will also have commercial value and may have the potential to generate revenue.
To date, NowPublic has not generated revenue from its content. As we move towards commercializing our platform we want to make sure we can tap into the potential of your content so that we can all benefit.
NowPublic members now have a choice: You may decide to (a) opt into a commercial relationship with us or to (b) continue to keep your content on NowPublic for free without making money.
So we need your help: You’ll need to make some choices about how you want your content used and how you want to work with us. We’ve made some changes to our Terms and Conditions to take account of this so please take a look when you have a chance.
We’ll be replying to any comments or questions you may have in this forum page, and will update this thread when necessary.
In the meantime, here are some answers to a few important questions you may have:
Why is NowPublic changing its Terms and Conditions?
As recent news events have shown, the field of participatory news has evolved into one of central importance for both new and more established outlets. The industry itself is changing and becoming more commercial. NowPublic wants to change with it so that we – and you, our members – are in a position where we can all go pro together. We want to offer NowPublic members the opportunity to join us in monetizing your contributions in the future, and to do this we have had to update our terms and conditions.
Do I still own my content?
Absolutely. You continue to fully own your content whether you choose to opt in to or out of our updated terms and conditions.
When do these changes take effect?
Until December 31 2008, you can choose to participate in our revised Terms and Conditions or you can opt out. If you choose not to participate, your content will no longer be available on areas of the site carrying advertising, or to partner sites displaying NowPublic content. On January 1 2009, all content uploaded to NowPublic will be subject to the new Terms and Conditions.
When can I start making money and how much could I make?
There are any number of ways in which NowPublic will make money in the future. The specifics are currently being worked out, and as details become clear you will always have the option of deciding whether you want to participate.
What if I change my mind?
No problem. You are free to change your mind at any time.
How do I change my license settings?
You can change your settings by simply going to your NowPublic member channel, and choosing the Edit Settings tab. Your license settings are available on that page.