Judge Ruling Against Dutch Publication for Not Paying Freelancers (VIDEO)

WATCH the full debate between Your World anchor Neil Cavuto and Yale Law School professor Ben Edelman. Check out the full hour at the bottom of the page. In a case that will set…

Judge Ruling Against Dutch Publication for Not Paying Freelancers (VIDEO)

WATCH the full debate between Your World anchor Neil Cavuto and Yale Law School professor Ben Edelman. Check out the full hour at the bottom of the page.

In a case that will set a legal precedent for future freelancers worldwide, Manhattan judge Naomi Reice Buchwald has sided with New York City, and is suing Dutch publication L’Officiel for not paying its freelance contract writers.

L’Officiel tried to argue that it was owned by France’s Groupe Atlantique Le Monde (GAAL) — the majority shareholder of Condé Nast. Buchwald ruled against the magazine in part because she ruled that GAAL could not give up the publishing rights to a Dutch web property simply to avoid paying freelancers in New York.

“The internet is like everyone’s pocket: you take your money in, and you take it out,” attorney Anne Mullikin told On the Record. “And if you want to keep it you have to pay your workers what they’re worth.”

“I was excited, I was really excited to see justice served,” Lukas Lubieniecki, a freelancer for the newspaper The Times of Israel, told Neil Cavuto. “It’s hard to swallow, but obviously they see it [violates copyright], we’re happy with the outcome.”

Listen to the full segment on On the Record below.

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