What "Permanent Irrevocable Perpetual Right" Means and Which Writing Sites Use It
"Permanent Irrevocable Perpetual Right"
Writing articles to websites is fun, challenging and can even be profitable, but did you know that some websites have the right to keep your work even after you've closed your account with them?
Sadly, it's true and if you haven't read the Terms of Service (ToS) closely enough you may be in for a nasty surprise down the road.
After getting burned at one site, I learned what the term "permanent irrevocable perpetual right and license" means when I see it in a site's ToS. It means you are giving the site's owners permission to use and profit from articles you have posted on their website - forever.
Furthermore, you can't reuse those articles you wrote. Ever.
I think this is dirty and am upset that writers and artists are unaware of this clause when they create an account on websites or upload entries to contests. So, I took it upon myself to visit some writing websites and scour each ToS for this vile clause.
The following is a list of websites most commonly used by freelance writers which include the "Permanent Irrevocable Perpetual Right" clause.
The Line Up
Helium Publishing - Originally, this site kept all non-creative content ("creative" being poems, songs, story excerpts, and short stories) and was notorious for deleting account memberships without notice or explanation. In 2014, the company underwent an extreme change in both name and operation. Now named, Helium Network, the company has deleted all their Helium Publishing sites and user related accounts ... If you have any updated information, please feel free to post it in the comments below!
Examiner.com - (From jezebellamina's comments to this article) " ... is another site which retains the right to keep and profit from your content after you leave, and they also have strict publishing requirements that you must post at least once every 30 days to remain eligible to receive any payment that is due ... which means in order to be paid what is due you must keep writing for them perpetually!!"
InfoBarrel - Besides keeping your articles, this site requires that all articles go through an approval process before being posted.
Suite101 - While they keep your content, this site claims that even after you close your account, they will continue to pay your revenue via Paypal when it hits $10 USD.
Triond - Not only does this site want to keep your work, but they also reserve the right to publish it elsewhere on the internet to websites of their chosing.
Xomba - Besides keeping your articles, the links from this site are NOFOLLOW. This means that search engines won’t follow the back-links to your site.
Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!!
Will you still use these sites?
© 2011 Rosa Marchisella