Singapore’s state media Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) took issue with a blog putting up 3 scanned newspaper articles of their interviews by SPH papers and threatened to sue them in a letter dated Oct 5th.
The government’s propaganda mouthpiece quoted in their cease-and-desist letter a total of S$2,140 payment for the reproduction of the 3 pictures which appeared to be low-quality scanned copies.
“1. S$642.00 (Incl GST) being license fees for the use of one article up to one year.
2. S$214.00 (Incl GST) being reimbursement to us in respect of our processing fee.”
The owner of the blog, Kathy Xu, took issue with SPH’s letter and posted up the details on her Facebook page. You may view the source here.
“Should really reconsider granting interviews to SPH channels again now if they are going to be so money grubbing after I shared openly and honestly about my journey and shared my photos willingly with them for the articles, to end up not being allowed to reshare them on my website. Goodwill broken and faith lost.”
Other commentators on her page also highlighted their bad experience with SPH. In one case, SPH failed to attribute to him as the original content poster:
“Wanna share my incident, There was once another unit in my block caught fire, and i was first on scene to capture video footage of it. i send in to them with the terms of crediting me, only verbal agreements were made over the phone, and they went ahead to use screenshot of footage, furthermore zooming in to crop my watermark out. i contacted them for clarification and all they told me was, “sorry, paper already publish, ya, publish already.” it was like a alternative way of saying, “go f yourself”. i learned my lesson not to send them shit anymore.”
In another case, a commentator said that she was told to pay hundreds of dollars for a recording of an interview she granted with state media radio:
“After my first radio interview, I wrote to the radio DJ and said I would love a copy of the interview to keep and share with people around me. Was re-directed to a marketing person who shared with me that a first copy would cost me 100s of dollars (if I remember correctly). The point is the price was really steep, and I didn’t take up the offer. I could have simply did my own record while I was doing the radio interview. That was my take-away.”