Article exclusivity

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  1. Fiona Bramzell profile image60
    Fiona Bramzellposted 6 weeks ago

    What are the rules regarding publishing articles that I've written for other sites? As a ghost writer I have written countless articles, many of them for clients who haven't had me sign any type of exclusivity contract. Can I publish them on HubPages?

    1. theraggededge profile image97
      theraggededgeposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      No, not if they have been published elsewhere on the web. They'll be flagged as duplicate content and will be rejected.

      You can republish hubs that you write, but there's not much to gain by doing so.

      Your best bet is to do what I do... take the topic of the original article and completely rewrite it.

      1. Fiona Bramzell profile image60
        Fiona Bramzellposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

        Perfect - thanks!

  2. Natalie Frank profile image97
    Natalie Frankposted 6 weeks ago

    Also be careful about assuming you can use articles ghostwritten for others as your own.  If you received any payment for them they do not belong to you and you cannot publish them anywhere.

    1. theraggededge profile image97
      theraggededgeposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      That's not necessarily correct. Most writers will negotiate the terms, which may include handing over all rights, but may not. I gave mine first publishing rights, but that doesn't mean I couldn't publish them elsewhere.

  3. Kenna McHugh profile image88
    Kenna McHughposted 6 weeks ago

    Speaking from experience, I am a ghostwriter. I've posted a few on HubPages thinking because the original site is no longer in business it was okay.  I even used Copyscape to make sure the articles not published elsewhere.  HubPages flagged some of them. I queried the flagged articles and discovered the defunct companies sold them to another website. Now, I rewrite the articles. It's not that hard to do.

  4. Kenna McHugh profile image88
    Kenna McHughposted 6 weeks ago

    True. Each client is different. If they want exclusive rights, they pay more.

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      But ghostwriting is far more likely to be work for hire and paid accordingly-- like you  I would want to be very sure the client/contract permitted author use.

  5. Natalie Frank profile image97
    Natalie Frankposted 6 weeks ago

    Usually ghost writing means the person buying the article intends to put their name on it as the author.  In such a case, the article belongs to them.  I suppose there are cases where you can negotiate rights per legal contract and through copywrite law and providing you have the correct legal signed contracts detailing which rights and for how long you might have the rights revert but this is more likely in the case of fiction not non-fiction articles.

  6. Kenna McHugh profile image88
    Kenna McHughposted 6 weeks ago

    True. Legalese is trying and tiring. Let's not get into NDAs!

 
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