Keep people fat, keep them happy, keep them diverted and keep them entertained with dribble, shock and nonsense; because trustworthy journalism is no longer the priority, - creating confusion and news fatigue is….
For years I watched the German press agency, DPA, scamming one of my photos.It was the only photo they ever received and this just because a colleague who returned to Germany had sent the DPA the negatives by mistake.
A few weeks later, colleagues told me that this photo had been published in "Der Spiegel". At that time I did not know that the negatives had ended up with the DPA. They had not informed me or my colleagues about it, but simply uploaded the photo to their server.
I had called the agency at that time and informed them of their illegal use of the photo. Nothing had happened. They just continued to market the photograph at will.
For the protection of rights, in legal disputes the association FREELENS is a good choice for photographers. It is the professional association of photographers and is helpful with tips and hints.
I think it would be useful if colleagues who have had similar experiences with the DPA would contact me to create a clearer legal basis that prohibits agencies such as this one from using alleged "partners" from the outset. This is the only way to at least limit this increasing monopolisation.