User generated content. It's the polite way of saying pictures taken by residents or readers. But should we steal? Or should we borrow?
By Dan Slee
A couple of months ago I had barbed exchange with a former colleague.
We'd talked about the old days when we were both reporters at a daily newspaper and we smiled as we reminisced at old war stories.
Then our talk turned to the future for newspapers and a dark cloud drifted over our chat.
I spoke of how newspapers needed to be digital first and think of the web ahead of print.
I spoke of how bloggers shouldn't always be seen as the enemy but people to work with when you can.
I talked of how the bright newspaper should link back, attribute and ask for permission before using content.
I mentioned how annoyed bloggers get when their content is lifted.
"But this has always happened," my former colleague angrily said.
"They should just stop being precious. Think about when you lifted a story from another newspaper."