'Walter Scott: PR firm demands $10,000 from media outlets using shooting video' by Jon Swaine in The Guardian

"Publicists have begun demanding $10,000 from media outlets for the right to show the cellphone video footage of a police officer fatally shooting a man as he ran away in South Carolina that led to the officer being charged with murder.

Representatives acting for Feidin Santana, the passerby who filmed patrolman Michael Slager killing Walter Scott in North Charleston earlier this month, are sending emails to news organisations instructing them to “cease and desist use of the footage immediately”.

“The period of fair use of this footage has now expired,” Margaux Nissen Gray of Markson Sparks wrote to the Guardian on Tuesday, “and all further use of the footage requires licensing through Markson Sparks.” Media must also pay to use still frames from the video, according to the firm."

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