Monday, 29 June 2009
This gorgeous picture of Salzberg is by MatthiasKabel at Wikimedia Commons.
I sometimes try to find out what’s happened to articles I post at Constant Content. If they’ve sold for usage rights only, I need to make sure the buyers have played by the rules. They should have included my byline and not have changed anything, and they should only have used the piece once.
Sometimes, I also check out those that went for full rights, where I relinquish all rights to the article and the buyer can do as he pleases with it. It’s good when I find my byline has been used in those circumstances, usually it’s not, and sometimes another author passes my work off as his own. As long as she has paid the price, that’s not illegal.
But just occasionally I do feel a pang when I find that all my hard work has been attributed to someone else. That happened this morning when I googled the first paragraph of my article about Salzberg. It has been syndicated to and from several article sites, mostly with the byline of another author. Since he paid a fair price for it, I won’t link to a page with his name on it, but this one doesn’t. It’s also a travel guide site, so I’m sure they’ll be happy about the link.
PS Oops. Just clicked on my link and found they've added the author's name so I've decided to remove it. Sorry.
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