Protect your pictures and videos

By: Marco Barra

As more and more of us become owners of the latest camera phonesand are able to capture information at a touch of a button, anew trend is being set in the world of journalism.

To set the scene, let's imagine you are walking down the roadwhen you spot a couple of A-List celebrities getting off theback of their car. You get your cam phone out of your pocket andstart to snap your encounter so that you can share this momentwith your friends, when out of no where a man begins an argumentwith the celebrities which quickly scales to a full-blown fight.

By the time the press are informed of the attack, the event isall but over, leaving journalists with the difficult task ofhaving to collect information from eye witnesses at the sceneand in some cases with few or no images to support the report.

Your pictures which are now a 'first-at-the-scene' account ofthe event, are collected by the journalist, often for little orno compensation, and used to produce an exclusive report. Theimages are then sold at exuberant fees to other members of themedia industry, increasing their profits even further.

Scoopt, a new service designed to help and protect theinformation you capture on your phone or your digital camera hasrecently been launched and can be found at www.scoopt.com.Scoopt will act as an agency between you and a wide network ofmedia contacts, ensuring that as well as being recognised foryour material, you are also financially compensated

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