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Article Rights at Constant Content: Usage, Unique, and Full Rights Explained

Updated on March 5, 2011

Article Rights at Constant Content: Introduction

Constant Content is a website designed to help freelance writers to be able to display and sell their work.  The site is free to join, although Constant Content does take a cut of whatever the writers make (35%).  However, writers are free to set their own prices, which is a definite plus.

This hub is intended for people who are already signed up with Constant Content who are curious about the different article rights which can be sold there.  If you are not yet a member of Constant Content, you can visit my other hubs for more information about signing up and more general overviews of how to succeed as a Constant Content author.

Constant Content Rights

There are three different types of rights which can be sold at Constant Content: usage rights, unique rights and full rights. You can choose which of these you want to make available for sale by clicking the appropriate boxes on the submission form.

Note that although you can choose whether or not to sell unique or full rights, you are required to offer usage rights.

Constant Content Submission form (Excerpt)
Constant Content Submission form (Excerpt)

Constant Content Rights: Usage

Usage rights are the most basic form of rights available on Constant Content. When you sell someone usage rights on one of your articles, you allow them to reprint the article on their website, but you retain all other rights.

Buying usage rights on Constant Content allows a customer to use the content once, but only once. If the customer wants to use the article in more than one place, they will need to buy a different form of rights.

The only changes which a customer can make to an article where usage rights have been purchased is to add links to it. Otherwise, the entire must article must be reprinted exactly as it was purchased.

If you sell usage rights on an article, you retain the ability to sell further usage rights on Constant Content, and you can also use the article yourself, if you should desire. However, once you sell usage rights on an article, Constant Content will automatically remove the ability to sell unique or full rights on that article.

When you join Constant Content, you can offer usage rights on articles that you have previously published, as long as they were published under the same name that you use at Constant Content. However, if you try to sell anything more than usage rights, or if you try to sell something which you wrote under a different name, you could get banned for plagiarism.

Constant Content Rights: Unique

Unique is the middle ground of Constant Content rights. It allows the customer all of the rights afforded them under usage rights, as well as some significant other ones.  Under unique rights, the customer is able to use the content more than once.  However, the customer may only use it in places that he or she owns.  The customer is not allowed to sell or give the article to other sources.

The customer is also not allowed to alter the content of the article; it must be printed as is.  The customer must also not claim authorship for the piece.  So, if you sell an article under unique rights, you will still appear as the author, and it can help you to get your name out.

Once unique rights have been sold for an article, the article will be removed from sale at Constant Content.  If you sell unique rights on an article and then later use it yourself, you are breaking your contract with Constant Content and you could be penalized.  You will need to refund the purchase price, and it is possible that your account will be affected.

Constant Content Rights: Full

Full rights transfer all ownership of the article over to the customer.  This is the most expansive form of rights sold at Constant Content.  It includes all of the rights offered in unique rights, with some important additions.  The customer can make any changes that he or she wants to the article.  The customer also has the right to remove your name as the author and replace it with their own if they desire.

Furthermore, they have the right to give the content to whomever they would like.  If they'd like, they can ever turn around and resell the article.

Because full rights will not typically be credited to you, selling full rights will typically not do much to get your name out there as a writer, except for possibly at Constant Content.  In some cases, if a customer is impressed enough with your work, they will contact you directly for future work.

However, full rights tends to be the highest paying form of rights.  In my experience, they're also the most popular, because they allow the customer much more flexibility.

Constant Content Rights: Final Thoughts

What rights you want to offer at Constant Content are entirely up to you. If you're mostly interested in just making money here and now, offering full and unique rights will definitely help you to make more money.

On the other hand, if you're mostly trying to gain a reputation as a writer, you may not want to offer full rights, or at least make them prohibitively expensive. If you are not offering full rights, though, you may want to take your price down somewhat accordingly to help you keep selling anyway.

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      JonDavid 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you, I have just signed up for constant Content and this was a helpful Hub for me.