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Grabien is where newsmakers meet news takers.

As the world’s first online marketplace for professionally edited news multimedia, Grabien helps both the supply & demand sides of the news industry. Grabien features downloadable audio and video clips from the day’s top stories, drawn from third-party editors. The service primarily hosts short news clips pulled from longer speeches, press conferences, and other news events.

Ultimately, by easing access to sought-after multimedia, Grabien is helping further expand the news industry itself, bridging the resources of “old media” with the drive and dynamism of “new media.”

(To read more about how Grabien plans to reshape the media landscape, read our vision statement.)

Grabien content is generated from a decentralized network of contributors. To ensure the highest editorial standards are met, Grabien staffers only permit content that comports to the site’s rules and style guide.

Whenever clips are purchased, the uploader receives a commission, up to 50 percent of that sale. Users receive 10 free downloads per month in their first year; these transactions do not credit the uploaders’ accounts and the files expire at the end of the month. 

Grabien commerce is transacted in Grabien Coins, an internal currency with an exchange rate of roughly 1 cent per Grabien Coin. Prices are as follows:

  Audio Clips Video Clips
Download file 25 coins 50 coins
Embed code 25 coins 25 coins
Clipper (customized clips) 100 coins 100 coins
Clipper with updated transcript 75 coins 75 coins
Requests 200 coins 200 coins

Audio and video clips featured on Grabien are free to listen to and watch. However, video clips include a brief intro as well as watermark and “audimarks,” which are used to prevent direct copying.

How Can Grabien Help You?

Media. If you work in media, Grabien is a new resource to locate audio and video clips for broadcast on radio, TV, and online news sites. Grabien also partners with established media outlets, providing these organizations with a marketplace to retail their content.

Editors/Bloggers/Content Creators. If you produce multimedia — that is, you edit sound/video clips for use online or in professional broadcast — Grabien is the ultimate marketplace to showcase and retail your edited content. If you’re a blogger or small-time media outlet looking to feature multimedia but lack the resources or technical ability to do so, Grabien is an affordable and easy solution.

PR & Newsmakers. If you work in PR and would like copies of your clients’ TV/radio interviews, Grabien can help. If the user elects, the clip will be added to Grabien’s MediaBase, where it’s accessible to 500-plus users working in media. Meaning, more mileage out of each media hit. 

News Junkies, Academics, & Researchers. Grabien media includes unmatched metadata — transcripts, locations, featured persons, etc. — which make the site’s MediaBank a powerful research tool. Users can locate media utilizing a host of tools: filters that narrow available media by subject, date, and file type; a key-word search the scans files’ transcripts and other metadata, as well as profile pages where sources, users, and newsmakers list their respective available content. 

Grabien includes patent-pending systems and technologies.


Q: Do you have to pay to use this site?

A: No. Everything on this site is free to view, hear, and/or read. Members pay the equivalent of between $.05-$.50 to download files they would like to keep. There are no membership fees, initiation fees, “convenience fees,” shipping and handling charges, or taxes.

Q: How can you charge for this stuff?

A: Actually, we’re not. The content on this site is freely available. In fact, with the exception of audio/video recorded off TV, URLs are always provided to the media’s original sources. Users can follow these links to edit clips themselves. However, for a small per-file fee, users can instead pay for others to perform this editing service on their behalf. In effect, Grabien members are hiring third-party a/v experts to record, process, edit, etc., sought-after content that is suitable for broadcast on radio and TV. Of course, these clips are also available for individual news consumers who wish to retain personal copies.

Q: Can I request new sound/video clips?

A: News tips can be directed here. A more formal request queue is forthcoming.

Q: What are Grabien coins and how do they work?

A: Grabien coins are the site’s currency. Users spend coins to purchase edited clips. The coins themselves can be purchased with U.S. currency, via credit card, PayPal, and Dwolla. Uploaders recieve Grabien coins whenever their content is purchased; these coins can be redeemed for U.S. currency at any point (a minimum of 1,000 coins are required to “cash out”). Uploaders can also put their accumulated coins back into circulation by purchasing other media.

Q: What are eLockers?

A: Grabien’s eLockers are members’ personal cloud-based multimedia storage centers. Once a clip is saved to a member’s eLocker, he/she has an easy-to-access personal copy of that file. Anything in your eLocker can be viewed, shared, and downloaded at any time. Members can create lists within their eLockers to help keep content organized (e.g., “My favorite presidential soundbites,” “New York politics,” “Miley Cyrus’s best interviews,” etc.)

Q: Can I receive coins for getting someone else to create a Grabien account?

A: If you refer Grabien to a new user, tell that user to enter your referral code during the sign-up process. When that new user creates his account,  yours will immediately be given 100 bonus promo coins.

Even better: For every deposit this new user makes, your account will be matched 1-to-1 with promo coins. (As an example, if the user you encouraged to sign up buys 1,000 coins, your account will receive 1,000 promo coins.) Note that promo coins work just like regular coins, except with with certain features — such as Requests — the price is slightly higher.

Where is your referral code? At the top of your profile page as soon as you log in.

Q: What are Clubs?

A: Clubs are one of Grabien’s most useful features. If you have a particular interest — say, in Keynesian economics, Barack Obama, or Justin Bieber — you can start a club centered around subject. Clubs can either be open to the public or invite-only. Other users can browse for clubs based on their names and descriptions, checking to see if a club already exists before creating a new one. Once clubs are organized, members can quickly share media they’ve uploaded that is likely of interest to the clubs’ other members. Members of clubs can, as usual, view media for free, paying only to retain personal copies. Clubs can also be multidirectional (i.e., anyone can share media), or unidirectional (i.e., only club founders can disseminate media).

Q: How is Grabien pronounced?

A: Grey-bee-en. 

Q: What if I notice a mistake on Grabien?

A: If you submit corrections that are determined to be accurate, site staff will supplement your account with bonus Grabien coins. The amount varies depending on the egregiousness of the error. Helping make Grabien the most accurate news source in the world is a profitable enterprise.


All content on Grabien is free to download, modify, and distribute.

Promo Codes. Accounts can only utilize a specific promo code once. Account holders are prohibited from creating multiple accounts to utilize the same promo code twice, or take advantage of other such new-user benefits. Users caught thus attempting circumventing these rules are subject to losing their accounts and being banned from the site.

Uploading. Users’ uploaded content must either be non-copyrighted and non-rights reserved, or satisfy Fair Use purposes. the uploading party explicitly represents to Grabien that the uploading party has the legal right to upload the content and that, among other things, utilization, editing, and re-broadcasting of the uploaded content does not violate any law or infringe on the legal rights of any other party. Users must abide by all applicable laws, and Grabien cannot and will not accept responsibility for any other party’s unlawful use of the content.

Fair Use applies limitations to exclusive rights, particularly for media. 17 USC § 107: “Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.” [Source: United States Copyright Office website (, last viewed April 9, 2013.]

Content cannot be reproduced in whole unless the uploader is also the original source. Everyone else must abide by Fair Use limits to appropriated content. Most specifically, the appropriation must be a very small percentage of the source material (de minimis), or it must pass the test of a “transformative use” to satisfy being perceived as an authorized derivative. The uploading party explicitly represents to Grabien that the uploading party has the legal right to upload the content and that, among other things, utilization, editing, and rebroadcasting of the uploaded content does not violate any law or infringe on the legal rights of any other party.

Moderators will to the best of their professional ability reject any media falling outside the domain of Fair Use.

File Types. You can upload files in following media formats:

Video: AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, M4V, MPG, WMV, 3GP.

Audio: MP3, OGG, M4A, WAV.

File Size. The maximum file size is currently 4 GB.

Trumping. When two clips of an identical nature are uploaded, preference is given to the first uploader. However, other users can supplant that clip if they can improve upon the file in any of the following ways: better editing quality, higher resolution, video without a watermark, and better original source quality (i.e., the audio is clearer on the clip that trumps the original).

As soon as a file is trumped, the new uploader will henceforth be compensated for every download; the original uploader will henceforth receive nothing. 

Editing. Uploaders may only edit audio/video files in accordance within TV/radio journalistic standards. Clips may — and should — be digitally edited to optimize quality (e.g., audio levels normalized, levels balanced) but not edited to alter content. Uploaders may not edit content to alter the original meaning; attempting to do so will result in being banned from the site after an initial warning. More about Grabien’s editorial policies is available in the Grabien Style Guide

Prohibitions. Users are prohibited from downloading clips and uploading them to a third-party monetization platform (e.g., News Distribution Network). For users working at news sites looking for monetization opportunities, Grabien provides an in-house option via our partner, JWPlayer. Please contact for details. 

Uses & Liability. Any unlawful use of the clips downloaded from Grabien is not sanctioned by Grabien, and Grabien will assume no responsibility whatsoever for any unlawful practices perpetrated by any party downloading clips from Grabien or any unlawful practices perpetrated by any third party in receipt of a clip downloaded from Grabien. By utilizing Grabien or downloading any clip from Grabien, the utilizer or downloader explicitly agrees to hold Grabien harmless in any legal action that might result from that utilizer or downloader’s conduct.

Privacy policy

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order or subscribe to our newsletter.

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, credit card information or You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
  • To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
  • To process transactions
    • Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.
  • To send periodic emails
    • The email address you provide for order processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.

Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.

After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.

Users may request that their personal data be completely deleted from our database at any time. Users can also delete their own accounts.

Do we use cookies?

Grabien uses cookies to to help users log in, retain user preferences, and to enable select third-party applications like Twitter and Google Analytics.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at

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Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

This policy was last modified on 03/20/13

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.
FunkyPundit LLC/Grabien
PO Box 7502
1626 Belleview Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22307, USA