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Rights and Legitimate Use

Postby dbvirago on Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:32 pm

So, I'm looking for tearsheets on the web to add to my website. Like most authors here, most stuff is sold for full rights, so it's rare to find your byline on those. I was going back several months and searching for articles I sold for use rights. I found one from last year where the blogger had claimed authorship to the article. Do you guys that sell usage rights run into this often? Is it worth reporting? Should I contact the blogger or just let it go?
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Re: Rights and Legitimate Use

Postby Pellucidean on Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:48 am

I haven't bothered to search for any of my articles recently so I haven't personally run into this issue, but I think when it's come up on the forum before people have said to contact CC itself when this happens.
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Re: Rights and Legitimate Use

Postby dbvirago on Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:20 pm

Just sent a message to support. It turns out all of the last 5 use rights articles I sold are online under someone else's name. I know many authors don't offer use, or do so at the same price as full, and this may drive me there.

I do have some old use articles that have sold many times, but not enough to get ripped off for.
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Re: Rights and Legitimate Use

Postby HiredGun on Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:34 pm

When you uploaded your article to Constant Content, did you add your byline on the uploaded document?

i.e.

Title of Article

by DB Virago

Body of Article here.....

I originally misunderstood Constant Content's rules and thought the purchasing client had to add in the byline of the author's name when they purchased usage/unique articles. Unless YOU add your byline along with the text of your uploaded document, the purchaser doesn't have to include it.
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Re: Rights and Legitimate Use

Postby dbvirago on Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:43 am

No, I didn't understand that either. I will start adding my byline to articles. Thanks for the info
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Re: Rights and Legitimate Use

Postby Pellucidean on Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:48 am

I was confused about that for quite a while too. The one time I did search for one of my articles and found it posted unattributed, I thought I'd been cheated – until I poked around the forum and realized that I had to actually include the byline myself. That's one of those things that it would be better if CC made clear to new writers from the beginning.
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