Frequently Asked Questions

    ABOUT NEWSFLARE

    • Why does it sound too good to be true? We know, it sounds too good to be true, right? But we can assure you, Newsflare is a real company, employing real (and friendly) licensing experts and professional journalists. Our headquarters are at Fanshaw House, Fanshaw Street, London, N1 6HX, United Kingdom and we are registered as a legal company at Companies House (no. 07596817). If you still don't believe us, here's a nice testimony from one of our members who filmed a best-selling video: blog.newsflare.com/2014/06/19/whats-it-like-capturing-a-truly-amazing-clip/ . And here is a video of our founders Bevan Thomas and Jon Cornwell talking about our business on international news channel Al Jazeera: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9cCy-OjOtU&list=UUzSSoloGEz10HALUAbYhngQ
    • Do I need to pay anything? No. Our website is completely free to use. We work on commission, sharing with you 50% of all the money we make from your video.
    • What makes Newsflare so great? We are an honest, open and transparent company and we care about you and your video. Our friendly and approachable team are here to guide you through the licensing process and to help you make as much money as possible from your video.

      We pay all direct licensing sales to you within 24 hours and we make revenue share payments to you as soon as we receive payment from our partners.

      As a Newsflare member, you will have your own account and profile on our website where you can upload as many videos as you like and track all of your sales and revenue share payments.
    • What will you do with my video? We have built excellent relationships with a long list of international video buyers all around the world. From the USA and Europe to Asia and Australasia. Some of our most internationally recognisable buyers include: ABC, NBC, Mail Online, BBC, Sky, CNN, CBS, Yahoo! and MSN.

      With some online publishers (MSN, Yahoo!, AOL and the Telegraph) we operate what's called a revenue share partnership. We provide your video to them and if they post it on their website and place advertising around it, you get 50% of the money we make. As the revenue received is tied to how many hits the video gets, it will take a little longer to accumulate, but the financial rewards are often worth the wait.

      In addition to this, we have a great partnership with the Associated Press ('AP') granting us access to AP's global network of customers. When we push your video onto the AP Video Hub it can be viewed by all of these customers and, if someone decides to license your video, you will receive 50% of what Newsflare makes from this licensing sale.

      As well as news partners, we will also market your video to our long list of production company buyers such as MTV and Discovery. These clients buy footage on a per-second basis for TV shows and documentaries and they can buy videos weeks, months or even years after they are first uploaded to Newsflare. This can be very lucrative indeed and many of our contributors have received thousands from these sales.

      You may have heard that it is also possible to make money by putting adverts on your YouTube video (this is a separate activity to standard video licensing). We are proud to be a recognised YouTube Partner and we offer YouTube monetization as an optional service - enabling Google AdSense to place adverts around your video on your channel and sharing with you 50% of all the money generated from those adverts.

      As a YouTube Partner we benefit from a special tool called Content ID which allows us to automatically find every copy of your video on YouTube and claim advertising revenue from those copies for you. Furthermore, if you choose to monetize your video on YouTube through Newsflare, you will also benefit from our lower payment threshold. For more details on this, see the section titled: 'Why should I monetize my video on YouTube through Newsflare?'

      As soon as your video is on Newsflare, we will work as hard as we can to make you as much money as possible from it!

    MY VIDEO

    • Who owns the rights to the video after I upload it to Newsflare? You do! When you upload your video to our website, you are just granting us the permission to license your video to our buyers.
    • Is my arrangement with Newsflare exclusive? We license videos for our members on an exclusive basis. This isn't because we're being greedy but because we've learned from experience that when more than one agency gets involved licensing a video, everyone loses out because buyers are able to drive down prices, meaning you lose money.
    • Do I have to sign a contract with you? When you upload your video to Newsflare you have to tick a box accepting our Terms of Service. You can read through these terms here: www.newsflare.com/about/terms.
    • Can I license my video myself? It is your video and you are welcome to try. Experience has shown us that we are often able to negotiate a better price than our members for their videos (we have a built our business around our ability to do this well) but that option always remains open to you!
    • Can I leave my video on my YouTube channel? Yes! We encourage you to leave your video on your YouTube channel. We also strongly recommend that you put this note in the description field below your YouTube video ASAP so that people don't use your video without your permission and buyers know where to make enquiries:

      "This video is managed by Newsflare. To use this video for broadcast or in a commercial player please email newsdesk@newsflare.com or call +44 (0) 8432 895 191"

      This message has no effect on your YouTube video but it will help you protect it.
    • Will you edit my video? Only if we are requested to do so by a client. If your video contains swearing, copyrighted music, is very long, very short or contains lots of text, graphics or editing effects, our clients might not be able to use it and will request an edited version. In this case, our team will make a second version of your video with minor, practical edits to ensure we can license it and make you as much money as possible. Your original video will remain in your Newsflare account.

      Some things (like swearing) are unavoidable and we are here to help you get your video licensed. But, where possible, the best way to avoid editing is to upload raw videos without soundtracks, text or graphics - because these are the types of video our clients like the most!

    TYPES OF VIDEO SALES

    • Who buys my videos and how does payment work? We partner with a growing network of clients from news organisation, online publishers and TV production companies to brands and agencies. All of our clients purchase licenses in many different ways - more information on how licensing and payment work is below.
    • Direct sales Many of our clients work on a direct sale basis, which means they simply purchase your video and you will receive payment within 24 hours of sale.
    • Revenue shares With some of our online publishers (MSN, Yahoo!, AOL and the Telegraph to name a few) we operate a revenue share partnership. We provide your video to them and if they use the clip, you get 50% of any money made. Because this method relies on views, the money can take a while to add up, so you will have to wait a bit longer to be paid. We make revenue share payments to you as soon as we receive payment from our partners, which is typically between 30-90 days from the point of download.

      The table below outlines the payment terms for our biggest partners that we work with:
      The Telegraph 30 days following month-end
      MSN 60 days following month-end
      Yahoo! 60 days following month-end
      AOL 90 days following month-end
      LadBible 60 days following month-end


      We also work with a number of syndication partners including The Associated Press and Video Elephant to get your content far and wide and earning for you.

      For partner payments we operate a payment threshold of £10. In other words, you will receive payment as soon as you have made at least £10 from across all of our partners. If you do not make the threshold one month, we will hold any balance on your behalf (for up to 12 months) and will make a payment to you when subsequent earnings take the balance owed to you above £10.

      Please note that if you also choose to monetize your video on YouTube through Newsflare, then your Google AdSense earnings will also count towards your £10 partner payment threshold! More information on YouTube monetization can be found in the section titled 'Can you help me monetize my video on YouTube?'

      Also, in order sell your video as widely as possible around the world we work with the Associated Press, who license Newsflare video via their Video Hub. Again, big organisations seem to do things slowly and we have to wait a while for them to do their sums.
    • Social Media partners Currently Facebook isn’t a monetised platform like YouTube but a growing number of Facebook pages see value in purchasing a video license from us and we work with lots of major Facebook pages, including UNILAD, LADBible, The Hook and Viral Thread.

      We’ll let you know if one of our social media partners is considering using a video of yours so you can keep an eye out for your clip. If you see your video, don’t worry - it’s most likely to be declared by the organisation at the end of the month and payment will follow 24 hours later.

      If you see your clip on a social media account that you haven’t been made aware of, or think may be posting without rights granted from us, please let us know and we’ll either put your mind at rest or contact the page to find out more.
    • Production companies We work with a number of production companies, providing archive clips ranging from animals and family clips to weather and dashcam videos. TV shows can take months to produce so whilst the money generated may be much higher, it can take a little time. As soon as we receive a declaration from a production company, we will pay you within 24 hours. On very rare occasions, a TV show may need to broadcast the programme before declaring full use of the footage, in these cases we work very hard to get the declaration as soon as possible and again, will pay you within 24 hours once received.
    • Brands/Agencies Brands and Agencies are increasingly seeing the power of licensing user generated videos and is a great way to have your video associated with household names. Brand use can range from social media, television, billboards - anywhere you usually see an advert. As with production companies, as soon as we receive the declaration you will be paid within 24 hours.

    PAYMENTS

    • How much money will I make from licensing my video through Newsflare? Hard to say. It really depends on what your video shows and how quickly you can get it to us. Some of our members have made thousands, many have made hundreds. We negotiate individual license fees for every single video that take into account how a buyer wants to use your video and where it will be published or broadcast. We work very hard to try and make as much money as we can from every single video uploaded to Newsflare - because it's in everyone's best interests that we do!
    • How do I get paid? We use PayPal for all payments because it is quick, safe and reliable and there is no need for anyone to disclose any bank details. PayPal do take a small fee when a PayPal payment is made to you, PayPal refers to the fee as "paying for goods and services".

      As soon as you set up a Newsflare account, you will be able to enter your PayPal details in the area in your profile marked 'Sales': https://www.newsflare.com/account/settings/sales. Make sure this information is kept up-to-date. If you change your PayPal email address for any reason, you can update this information in your Newsflare profile.

      If you don't have a PayPal account, you will receive an email explaining how to set one up

      If a payment to a contributor's PayPal has not been claimed within 30 days it is returned to us and it will be the contributor's PayPal that will require correction.

      PayPal is available in at least 26 currencies and 203 countries. If you live in a country where PayPal isn't available, please let us know and we will ensure you receive payment via other means.

      For partner payments we operate a payment threshold of £10. In other words, you will receive payment as soon as you have made at least £10 from across all of our partners. If you do not make the threshold one month, we will hold any balance on your behalf (for up to 12 months) and will make a payment to you when subsequent earnings take the balance owed to you above £10.

      Please note that if you also choose to monetize your video on YouTube through Newsflare, then your Google AdSense earnings will also count towards your £10 partner payment threshold! More information on YouTube monetization can be found in the section titled 'Can you help me monetize my video on YouTube?'
    • How do I know who has bought my video? You can track all sales of your video and all your revenue share payments by logging into your Newsflare account and navigating to the area in your profile marked 'Sales': https://www.newsflare.com/account/settings/sales.

      Here you will find a record of all payments made to you, who purchased your video and how much money you have made!

    USING NEWSFLARE

    • How do I upload my video to Newsflare? If a member of our Newsdesk approached you about your video, they might have sent you an upload link. All you need to do is click through this link and fill in the details on the form to automatically create a personal Newsflare account and upload your video. Otherwise, you can use the Newsflare website or app to register as a member, create an account and then hit the upload button to upload your first video.

      If you experience any problems with your upload or would like some assistance, please email us at contact@newsflare.com or call us on +44 (0) 8432 895 191.
    • What kind of videos should I upload? Our clients are interested in a huge range of videos, from news events and extreme weather footage to animals, sports, stunts and viral videos. Take a look at the recently-sold videos on our website homepage.

      If you think your video is valuable, there's a strong chance our clients will too! And even if you're not sure, why not upload it and see? You can upload as many videos as you like to your account and it doesn't cost you anything to try. Newsflare is a platform which is open to everyone and we encourage you to experiment and have fun.

      We only have two rules:

      1) The video must be yours - you must have filmed the video yourself and you must be the sole copyright owner.
      2) The video must not contain any gratuitously offensive, obscene, libellous or defamatory material and it must not breach the rights of any third party.

      We take these issues very seriously and any videos which breach these rules will be removed from our website.
    • I think my video contains copyrighted material, is this a problem? So you've put a popular song as a soundtrack on your video? Or you've accidentally included some copyrighted material in the footage? In most cases we won't be able to license a video if it contains copyrighted material so, if possible, always try to upload your video with raw, natural sound. If this isn't possible we can sometimes re-edit a video using royalty-free music.
    • I have uploaded my video to Newsflare, what happens next? Once your video hits our website, one of our team will review it and make sure we have all the information we need like time, date, location and a good description - so please make sure you you've entered all this information correctly. As soon as it's good to go, we will begin marketing your video to our buyers.
    • What happens if I want to remove my video from Newsflare? If you've changed your mind you can request deletion of your video from your Newsflare account. Once you've done this one of our team will get in touch to better understand your decision. In the meantime, we will have 30 days to continue working with your video from the date you request deletion and you will continue to receive your share of all the money we get for it. After 30 days we will delete your video and stop licensing activity.

    YOUTUBE MONETIZATION

    • Can you help me monetize my video on YouTube? You may have heard that it is also possible to make money by putting adverts on your YouTube video (this is a separate activity to standard video licensing). We are a YouTube Partner and we offer YouTube monetization as an optional extra service - enabling Google AdSense to place adverts around your video on your channel and sharing with you all the revenue generated from these adverts.

      If you ask us to monetize your video on YouTube, we will make a copy of your video on our YouTube channel and make an 'ownership' claim on your video through our account. You will receive a slightly scary sounding message from YouTube about copyright which you can ignore. The video still belongs to you, we just need to "claim" it so that we can start making money for you. The video will remain on your channel but you will start to see adverts around it.
    • Why should I monetize my video on YouTube through Newsflare? As well as managing and promoting your video, as a YouTube Partner we benefit from a special tool called Content ID which allows us to automatically find every copy of your video on YouTube and claim advertising revenue from those copies for you. A lot of our members find it very satisfying to take control of the many copies which tend to appear on YouTube and make extra money from them in this way.

      If you choose to monetize your video on YouTube through Newsflare, you will also benefit from our lower payment threshold. Normally, YouTube only pays a user when they have made $100 (approximately £60) in advertising revenue from their video. If you monetize your video through Newsflare, however, we will pay you when you have made just £10 in advertising revenue! If you do not make the threshold one month, we will hold any balance on your behalf (for up to 12 months) and will make a payment to you when subsequent earnings take the balance owed to you above £10.

      Please note that if your video is also published on one of our revenue share partner's websites (Yahoo!, MSN, AOL and the Telegraph) any earnings from these partners will also count towards your £10 threshold! More information on revenue share partners can be found in the section titled: 'When do I get paid?'.
    • When will I get paid the money my video has made through YouTube monetization? Because YouTube monetization relies on views, it takes a while for advertising revenue to add up. You will receive payment for YouTube advertising revenue 60 days following the end of the month that your video was monetized through Newsflare. As with revenue share payments, we operate a payment threshold of £10 for YouTube monetization. In other words, you will only receive payment when you have made at least £10 in advertising revenue. If you do not make the threshold one month, we will hold any balance on your behalf (for up to 12 months) and will make a payment to you when subsequent earnings take the balance owed to you above £10.

      Please note that if your video is also published on one of our revenue share partner's websites (Yahoo!, MSN, AOL and the Telegraph) any earnings from these partners will also count towards your £10 threshold! More information on revenue share partners can be found in the section titled: 'When do I get paid?'.
    • How do I monetize my video on YouTube through Newsflare? If you were sent an upload form by a member of our Newsdesk there will be a box you can tick to give us permission to monetize your video on Newsflare. If you are uploading your video via the website and would like to monetize your video on YouTube through Newsflare, please get in touch with our Newsdesk right away (newsdesk@newsflare.com) and they will make arrangements.

    COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

    • I've seen my video being used somewhere without my permission, what can I do? We try to spot as much of this activity ourselves but we can't see everything. If you see your video being used somewhere without your permission, please get in touch with us right away and, if possible, send us a link and a screenshot of the offending article. Please note there is no law to stop somebody embedding your YouTube video on their website, but if they are using your video in their own website player or in a broadcast we can get in touch to try and get them to pay a fair price or stop using it. We take protecting your video extremely seriously.
    • People have copied my video on YouTube, can you stop this? As a YouTube Partner we benefit from a special tool called Content ID which allows us to automatically find every copy of your video on YouTube and claim advertising revenue from those copies for you. A lot of our members find it very satisfying to take control of the many copies which tend to appear on YouTube and make extra money from them in this way.

      We can only perform this service for you if you ask us to monetize your video on YouTube for you. To find out how to do this, read the section titled: "How do I monetize my video on YouTube through Newsflare?"

For more detailed answers to all of these questions, please check out our Terms of Service here: www.newsflare.com/about/terms. For all other questions, email us at contact@newsflare.com or call us on +44 (0) 8432 895 191.