We freelancers got a settlement with the Globe. The payout is $11 million.
Since I have about 250 articles in the Globe databases, this should be a nice payday.
Details of the settlement process will be published in the Globe and the National Post on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the case against Southam (via the successor companies, mostly Canwest) and the Star continues. I have more than 500 stories in their database.
Funny thing: I was so happy writing for them that I would have gladly signed over electronic rights. Now, from a financial standpoint, I'm glad they never asked. Back then, freelance budgets were always tight. I'm not up on that aspect of newspapers now, but I hear they rarely buy news, which is mostly what I sold them.
A commenter asked about pictures. I suppose there's no settlement there because InfoGlobe doesn't carry them.
The actual settlement does mention art and photographs. Send me a personal e-mail at email@example.com and I'll send you a PDF of the agreement.