He Say's It's Not Mine
- December 16, 2010 @ 09:12amnbmanix says:A former friend has "fired" me from writing for his online magazine. We never signed paper work and as I reviewed books and interviewed people, he would pay me for them. Now he has told me that I can't re-publish any of my writing because he owns it and I would have to buy it back from him. Is this true? Like I said, there was no paperwork signed and I was via PayPal.
- December 16, 2010 @ 09:12amJanetCroft says:The original work was copyrighted by you when you fixed it in a tangible medium. If you signed no agreement, I don't see how your former friend could claim you signed your rights over to him. You may need to talk with a lawyer, though, for help with this. But this is a reminder to ALWAYS have a written contract or agreement in cases like this. Google SPARC Addendum for a good model of what to look for. What you want to do is only sign away rights for the specific use you're agreeing to and retain all other rights.
- December 16, 2010 @ 09:12amksmith says:Your friend might think that, because he paid you, he owns the copyright in the works you produced. That is a common mistake. Simply paying someone to produce a copyrightable work does not turn it in to a "work made for hire." As Janet says, unless there is a signed agreement, the chances are very good that you own the works.