I'm very curious as to who inherits the revenue from our hubs after we die. I remember that Associated Content had written into their agreement that if we didn't sign in more than one ever six months, then any revenue accruing to hour articles would be theirs.
Apart from that being unethical, it rather meant that if one died, one couldn't pass on the revenue to one's estate.
What is the stance of Hub pages, or hasn't this been thought of?
Why haven't you read section nine of the HubPages terms of service?
You can designate a beneficiary for digital properties you own in your will. It is also advisable to keep a file of digital properties, including passwords, and let your next of kin know where that is. There are also some online sites that will allow you to register your properties for this purpose.
Thank you for that information, but what is HP policies. Many internet websites indicate in their terms and conditions (in the silent print) that ownership isn't allowed to pass to another.
For instance, Hub pages does not allow one to sell one's 'site' to anyone else.
It's my understanding that the author owns the content. I think that you should post this in the 'Report a Problem or Suggest a New Feature' forum, because that one is monitored by HP staff.
There was a similar discussion here recently. Here is the link if you are interested -
Your welcome Sophia, but I hope we will not have to worry about that for a long time.
I'm glad this has been brought up again - some of us are not getting any younger your know - hubs belong to us. Tell next of kin our HP password, they can change the affiliations to theirs, or leave them as they are, after contacting the individual organizations.
Right now, my kin are gong to be so pissed off. She left us WHAT?
Ahh, another worry. LOL
But the beauty of that one is that we won't be here to worry about it, Izzy!
Izzy, if you look at all these organizations - Adsense, HubPages, Amazon, eBay - you're not allowed to transfer any of the accounts. So if your next of kin (or executor) contacts them officially, they'll be able to collect the outstanding balance but the accounts will be closed down.
I suspect there's only one way you could pass your Hubs on, and that's to tell your next of kin your username and password for HubPages, Adsense etc and for them to quietly take them over, pretending to be you.
Unfortunately US Hubbers can't do that, because they have to supply their Social Security information to HubPages.
The TOS specifically lists impersonating someone else as a violation.
Apparently I really am the only person who has read It...
Well that's true - but people have transferred HubPages accounts before, and got away with it because HubPages have no way of knowing unless the settings are changed.
However I do think that if people are contemplating that approach, they need to consider whether the beneficiary will understand how to keep the account running. I know my husband would be totally bamboozled so there would really be no point.
TOS Section Nine Excerpt
By electing to run the HubPages Earnings Program on Your Hubs, you acknowledge and agree to the following:
Your approval and acceptance into the HubPages Earnings Program is in HubPages’ sole discretion
HubPages may suspend or remove the HubPages Earnings Program or any part thereof (including Your participation in it) at any time, in HubPages’ sole discretion
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Advertisements for both the Impression service and the HubPages Earnings Program may appear on Your Hubs simultaneously
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You will not engage in any fraudulent or deceptive practices with respect to the use of HubPages Earnings Program
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I think this part of the TOS might be relevant too, I could be wrong, it is the part about a six month cut off point to do with payments.
A family might not realize what actions need to be taken on a HubPages account and they would have other things to deal with as being more urgent.
Here is what it says -
"Account Closure and Inactivity.
In the event that the Agreement is terminated by HubPages and/or HubPages elects to cease Your participation in the HubPages Earnings Program, then except in the event of breach by You, HubPages will make payment of an Earned Balance in Your account that is greater than Fifty Dollars ($50) within approximately ninety (90) days after the end of the calendar month in which the HubPages Earnings Program has stopped running. Any Earned Balance lesser than this payment threshold will be permanently forfeit by You (and You hereby waive any claim relating to the dispute of such payment and disclaim any and all interest in such funds).
In the event that the Agreement is terminated by You (pursuant to HubPages’ receipt of Your written termination notice) the entire amount of an Earned Balance in Your account will be permanently forfeit by You (and You hereby waive any claim relating to the dispute of such payment and disclaim any and all interest in such funds).
"In the event You elect to turn off the HubPages Earnings Program (which turn-off must be made by you in Your online account; and You agree not to engage in excessive changes of HubPages Earnings Program status) but not terminate this Agreement, HubPages will make payment of an Earned Balance in Your account that is greater than Fifty Dollars ($50) within approximately ninety (90) days after the end of the calendar month in which the HubPages Earnings Program has stopped running.
In the event of Inactivity, the entire amount of an Earned Balance in Your account will be permanently forfeit by You (and You hereby waive any claim relating to the dispute of such payment and disclaim any and all interest in such funds). "Inactivity" means that any of the following have occurred:
a) There has been no change to Your Earned Balance for a period of greater than six (6) months;
b) Your account has expired tax information that is greater than six (6) months beyond the date of such expiration;
c) You have uncollected payments or unaccepted payments by the payment company into your account for a period of greater than six (6) months; or
d) You have not responded to attempts to contact You at the primary email address listed in the contact information in Your account for a period of six (6) months from the date of the first attempt to contact You for which no response has been received."
I can see a couple of places where that would concern me in relation to the 'who inherits scenario'.
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