A Twitter user has tried to charge the London Fire Brigade (LFB) £50 for ‘using’ a clip of the emergency services’ response to the collapsed crane incident in Bow, east London.
The large crane collapsed this afternoon and landed on several residential properties.
One of the witnesses filmed members of the emergency services as they responded to the incident, including the moment when Firefighters arrived on the scene.
The 1.25 minute video clip also shows the Met trying to clear people back from the scene, but it does not show the actual incident itself.
Spotting the video, a social media rep for the London Fire Brigade asks the Twitter user if they can use their video ‘with credit’.
The Twitter user replies ‘yes’ but 28 minutes after confirming that they can use the video, he then tries to charge the LFB £50.
29 minutes after confirming that the LFB can use his video, he then tries to charge them £50 before threatening to sue them
The person who filmed the clip told the LFB: ‘Can you delete the video please or you will get sued’.
The social media rep for the LFB replied by saying: ‘We will delete it but your first message did not mention payment. We never pay for images’.
Dozen of media outlets have also asked the person who posted the video if they too can share the footage, but now the individual who recorded it is insisting on them each paying £50 via his ‘PayPalMe’ link before the footage is uploaded to their own websites.
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