I need some advice on published work

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  1. vicki simms profile image72
    vicki simmsposted 8 years ago

    I have written some articles for a different website and they were all approved to be sent to clients, the day before payday I was sent an email and was told that they have closed my account as my writing is not for them? Now my problem is that I want to put these articles onto hubpages as I spend alot of time and effort on them but dont want to "get into trouble" if they have published my articles?? I hope this makes sense and any advice would be great...thank you

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    Website Examinerposted 8 years ago

    It isn't exactly clear why your account was closed. If they did not want your writings and did not pay you, presumably you still own the content. If your articles had been accepted but you never got paid, that would be a more complicated situation.

    You can do an Internet search to see if the articles are published elsewhere. If they exist elsewhere on the Internet and you publish them here, your hubs will most likely be flagged as duplicate content.

    1. WryLilt profile image88
      WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with W.E. on this one.

      Maybe if you could elaborate some more; if you didn't get paid but they kept your work, that's a serious problem.

      1. vicki simms profile image72
        vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        i'm suppose to getting paid today, but nothing yet! I will wait until tomorrow and see if anything goes into my account so I know for certain but it just seems a little odd to me that I receive the email a day before due to be paid saying they no longer need me to write for them and "the layout and structure" of my writing does not suit their requirements? all articles I sent them were approved but then yesterday the email said they were not approved so I am a bit confused, as i'm sure you are reading this lol, I think im going to have to rewrite the lot then i'm safe!

        1. WryLilt profile image88
          WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Sounds a bit dodgy. What site is it?

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          Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          You could certainly contact them and ask them to confirm that they will not use the articles, that they acknowledge your ownership, and that you are free to publish them anywhere. Either they must grant a release or pay what they owe you.

        3. travelespresso profile image78
          travelespressoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I agree that it sounds strange, that they agreed to pay you and agreed with the approach you were taking with the articles and then just before you are due to be paid, they advise you that the work won't be published.


          If you have been (or will be) paid for the work in exchange for you work then you have probably given them ownership of your work.  But your contract may state that you have residual rights and can therefore earn from additional sales.  It very much depends upon the terms of the contract. 

          It is not at all uncommon for publishers to commission articles, pay for them and then choose not to publish them.  It's something we writers have to bear.

          My advice is to firstly check your contract regarding ownership and secondly to wait and see what happens to your payment.  It seems to me that you are being a little impatient.  If you aren't paid, say within two working days of when its due, telephone them to get some answers.

          WE has given you some really good advice her.

          1. vicki simms profile image72
            vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you, I will look into the ins and outs of it all and see where I stand. Not impatient though lol just wanted to know wether to publish my work on here and just move on so to speak.

            Everyones advice has beed great so thank you smile

            1. vicki simms profile image72
              vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              **Been** even

              1. WryLilt profile image88
                WryLiltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                If you click on MORE at the bottom of your post, you can edit it. smile

                1. vicki simms profile image72
                  vicki simmsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  ahhh thanks smile

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    Aleister888posted 8 years ago

    So essentially your worried about a duplicate content penalty from the search engines, and infringing on publishing requirements on hub pages?

    Well, a very quick fix to the solution would be to simply re organize the articles, in other words, re structure/word it so that it says the same information but in a unique specific way...

    Its surprisingly easy to do simply load up your article and "re write" it in a different way with a different paragraph structure...

    This is of course acceptable because you are the original author and the "new" information you are providing is also unique.

    Hope i have been of some assistance, and if not, oh well ^_^

  4. vicki simms profile image72
    vicki simmsposted 8 years ago

    Thank you to both of you, yes your right, I didnt want anything flagging up as duplicate, I think its best then to crack on with rewriting just to be on the safe side.

  5. ddsurfsca profile image48
    ddsurfscaposted 8 years ago

    It would seem to me that if you did not get paid, they cannot use your work without your permission, or payment.  If you find that they have published them somewhere, I would contact them right away, otherwise your work is yours.

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      Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I disagree. This is the way that writers tend to look at it, but only a careful reading of the contract can provide the answer to who owns the content. The site may own the content, and the author may or may not have a monetary claim against the site; these can be two separate issues. An author generally does not have a "lien" on intellectual property that has been delivered but not yet paid for.

  6. ddsurfsca profile image48
    ddsurfscaposted 8 years ago

    you are right, they might pay yet, but I didn't catch anything about a contract, is there one.

  7. libby101a profile image58
    libby101aposted 8 years ago

    If they don't pay you then the contract is void. It is your work until they follow through on the contract. Do you have a copy of the contract? You need to always read over every contract very thoroughly. Ensure that you are protected!!!! If they don't pay, then demand your articles back!! Good Luck.


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