A UK company is trying to turn consumers mobile phone images into hard earned cash by offering what it claims is the first picture agency for the masses.
Scoopt, which launches tomorrow will allow anybody with a cameraphone to sell their pictures to the press on the same terms as a professional photographer.
Using MMS and mobile email technology, Scoopt members can submit photographs straight from the scene -- any scene -- in seconds. Scoopt then licenses these photos for publication to the mainstream media. Membership is free and without commitment.
Scoopt members will retain copyright to their photographs, and receive 50 per cent of each and every licensing and syndication deal the company makes on their behalf. This is in direct contrast to signing over universal copyright in exchange for a one-off flat fee, which is what usually happens when a member of the public tries to sell directly to a picture desk.
Users submitting photos to the service will also have to fill in a 'who/what/when/where/how' questionnaire to verify the originality of the images.