A few weeks ago I was contacted by a guy from a local print magazine. He wanted to use one of my articles in his magazine, and offered a small sum to use it. Of course I accepted, but reserved the right to keep my article published online as well. He agreed to that, which I found a little strange, but the deal was done. Publishers have always been very strict with the articles they use, and typically, I have to give up all rights to them besides that nice little by-line.
As I keep thinking about this, there's something there that just bugs me. Maybe I'm being over paranoid, hell, I dunno.. But, my question is this: If a hub is published by a magazine, what are the negative ramifications of leaving the hub online? Is it possible that there would be any kind of future conflict between the publisher and the author of the hub?
It is a smaller community magazine, so I'm sure that everything will be alright. I just want to make sure I have all my bases covered.
I don't believe there's any conflict. You're not going to get a duplicate penalty because the other publication is hard copy. And they bought it on the understanding they weren't getting first rights. It's all good!
I know there's not going to be a duplicate penalty, unless they have an online magazine - which is highly unlikely. Like I said, maybe I'm just being over paranoid.. I've been asked to write articles from people who've seen online work, but never had anyone want to use an online piece for print. I'm used to the traditional way of doing things, so this is a first.
Thanks for the input, that makes me feel a lot better.. You're right, they didn't get first rights.. Maybe I shouldn't worry so much.
I think you need not worry.
At least the magazine has taken your permission AND is paying you as well. Lot better than having your article stolen online, and getting nothing for it. No risk of having "duplicate content" either. Since you own all the rights to the article, it seems to be OK. If you are getting a byline as well, it will be an icing on the cake.
I write features for a website, and my agreement gives all the print rights to me - the online rights rest with the website. And I get a byline and a bio page as well.
So I guess online rights and print rights can dwell separately.
That makes sense.. What you said also gives me some good ideas in case if this ever happens again. - I wonder if one can ask for more if one sells the print rights, but keeps the online rights, if that makes sense.. It's something I'll have to look into more.
I appreciate the advice.. Again, this is new territory. I've been published in magazines before, but it's always been through the traditional channels. Seems there's still a lot to be learned out there.. Thanks again!
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