£6k payout for stolen work

OWEN Holdaway caught an ISIS sniper's bullet hitting his friend's chest on video, recorded at close quarters. Happily his friend survived and Holdaway thought his clip might be viral gold dust.

Owen Holdaway; Photo:Tim Dawson

Owen Holdaway

Before he profited, however, a news aggregator stole his shot and broadcast it to the world. He was initially offered just £50 for his work - but, after the NUJ intervened, he was paid £6500.

His is one of the cases highlighted in the freelance sector's new recruitment video. You can watch it here on YouTube.

Freelance organiser Pamela Morton explained the purpose of the film: "We know that there are thousands of freelances who do not benefit from NUJ membership. We hope this video will bring our work to wider attention and encourage more to join." She asks you to share the package on social media.