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How to Handle Copyright When Blog Writing

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Hi Everyone!

 

I'm just a few months into the VA business and have a few writing assignments lined up: a few blog posts, an eBook and possibly creating a whole new blog for a client.

 

My question is this: when you're a VA and do ALL the writing for an eBook, a blog post, or an eCourse, how is copyright handled? If a client wants to post your blogpost as theirs (after you've worked really hard and written it really well), should you expect them to give you credit? Should you ask for it? Are you allowed to post the article on your own blog since you wrote it?

 

Help! I've looked all over the internet and can't find an answer.

 

Thanks so much!!!

 

Shannon

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I'm a former Copyright paralegal and the only place for answers for new writers is here: http://copyright.gov/title17/

 

If you plan to pursue ANY type of writing, either for yourself or others, you need to spend the time to read it.

 

You should sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with every client - many ask for this upfront. You are writing for hire. Once you are paid, you are no longer the owner of the work. You release all rights. You cannot publish it anywhere as your own, you will not receive credit and should not ask - unless you want to anger the client and come off like you do not know what you're doing.

 

That said, I do not release any work until everything is signed and the balance is paid. When I was writing for Yahoo, all rights reverted back to me on my articles sold to them when they closed to contributing writers.

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Thank you SO much for that, writepathva! I really appreciate your help. There has been nothing signed yet on my first article, the client has not acknowledged it, and it's a great article. So we will see what happens.

 

GREAT advice!

 

Shannon

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