Introduction to Scoop’s Ethical Paywall
In 2015, Scoop transformed itself into a social enterprise non-profit news organisation and launched it's ethical paywall model – in the process forming closer relationships with the individuals and organisations who are our readers and contributors.
At Scoop under this new model we're committed to being freely accessible to the public for personal use but in order to continue to offer our service, organisations where staff use Scoop professionally need to obtain a licence to do so.
Scoop’s mission “to be an agent of positive change” would be greatly diminished if we used a conventional paywall system to recover the cost of our valued service. Scoop also maintains an open publication policy so anyone can submit an article to our editorial team for consideration.
Scoop’s publishing and open access website are more valuable to organisations if they are accessible:
• Scoop’s open publishing means we have the widest possible range of content especially on key issues – from a range of viewpoints – so our readers can be better informed and make their own decisions.
• Scoop’s open access contributes to a healthy democracy and means content published has high visibility with over 500,000 monthly readers.
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A Scoop Organisation Licence is required for any organisation (public or private) to access, read, or circulate Scoop content where it is being used professionally – i.e. for commercial purposes.
Commercial purposes are defined as when people in the organisation routinely use Scoop as part of their work - e.g.: Accessing the Scoop.co.nz website and it’s subsites, Downloading, sharing, e-mailing, direct linking, copying, reading, extracting, part/full texts of Scoop content to a device to colleagues or others. Receiving Scoop links and content via a 3rd party service (e.g. Google, alerts, other media monitoring services).
A Scoop Organisation Licence accredits staff in our organisation for professional use and includes the following benefits:
Open access from all of your internet connected devices both inside your building and on the move (e.g. via a mobile network) with no special passwords or logins required - helping to protect the user’s identity.
A reliable and authoritative information source with ‘human curation’ which ensures complete clarity and transparency - and there is no ‘spin factor’.
Scoop content may be circulated within the organisation, copied, used for internal reports, downloaded, or stored on the organisation’s computers for the duration of the licence.
Broadcast email service gives access to regular coverage updates on each of the 16 regions of NZ and a range of sectors including Banking and Finance, Digital Communications, Education Coverage, Employment Coverage, Energy News, Health Industry, and Media Matters [Delivered via Newsagent].
NZ’s most useful fully faceted research news database - With over 800,000 items from over 25,000 sources dating back to 1999 - all in one place.
Scoop also delivers more customised services and tailored News Feeds to media, websites, intranets in a variety of formats. These news feeds for commercial publishing to websites, blogs and intranets are available with a range of options for small to large requirements; each feed has customised content tailored for your audience. For more information or offline publishing options contact the Scoop Syndication team.
Scoop’s Ethical Paywall - The Legal Framework
Since 2012 Scoop’s terms and conditions have clearly stated that commercial use of Scoop content requires the purchase of a Scoop Organisation Licence.
Commercial is defined as: “companies, organisations, institutions, partnerships, government departments, associations and societies, trusts and other entities, whether registered or unregistered, private or public, and whether for profit or not for profit that use Scoop Content in any professional capacity.”
And use is defined as: “encompasses, but is not limited to, downloading, sharing, e-mailing, direct linking, copying, reading, extracting, scraping, selling content, by employees, workers, agents or automated devices, or anything else what-so-ever that could be reasonably held to violate Scoop’s copyright pursuant to applicable copyright law and Scoop’s limitations of use.”
Scoop’s Ethical (Invisible) Paywall - The Practical Implications
This is perhaps most easily understood if one considers the counter-factual. If our paywall was not invisible - like for example the one at NBR - then it might be possible for someone to get around it and into our website and read the content.
Were they to do so then they would be clearly breaching our terms and conditions of use.
In NBR’s case they are providing a barrier to enforce their paywall. In Scoop’s case however because we want to maintain free public access we are operating more on an honesty box principle. I.E. If upon honest reflection you or your organisation is using Scoop in a professional capacity then you ought to purchase a licence.
In the alternative if you decide that you do not want anyone in your organisation to access Scoop professionally you are free to put in place a firewall at your end to block access.
For Scoop’s part we reserve the right to block users of Scoop who we have deemed to be commercial users of Scoop, who have been asked to comply with Scoop’s terms, and who refuse to do so.