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16 August 2005 @ 01:38 pm
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There was an article in this last month's Writer's Digest about blogging and copyrights. I felt the need to repost the exact Q & A because I'm sure some of you will find it as interesting as I do.

Writer's Digest, August 2005, Page 23



Blogging away rights?

Q: Does having a story posted on a blog or an online writer's forum mean that first-time electronic media rights can't be sold to a publication? Does it mean that you've already used your first serial rights, too? What should I tell an editor when submitting a piece I've posted on my blog, even if only 50 people have read it? -- Adrian Lankford

A. If you've published something online, whether by blog or online writer's forum, you can't sell your first electronic media rights elsewhere, says WD legal expert Amy Cook. It doesn't matter if 10 million people see it or 50 people see it, it's still been posted on the Web - other publishers don't have a chance to be the first to print your work, online or otherwise.

"Technically, publishing online is having the piece published, so you may not be able to sell first rights at all," Cook says. "Most contracts require you to warrant that the piece hasn't been 'printed or published in any form.'"

As long as you notify an editor, however, you might be able to work something out with a publication.
 
 
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(Anonymous) on January 19th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
My question...cool
Hey, that was my question. I never new they answered it. Thanks for posting it.