Keeping Copyright in Mind

“Write me an ebook – I don’t care if you copy and paste from all over the Internet, as long as it is in ebook format, PDF maybe. I’ll provide the topic and item of emphasis. Should not be very hard, and as long you keep the copyright in mind.”

That is an actual post on Elance. This guy (gal) wants to ensure the GHOSTwriter they choose – the one who he/she gives complete permission to PLAGIARIZE all over the place – keeps copyright in mind.

Anyone else laughing about this? I had a little chuckle. Then I got a lot mad. Because this sort of thing happens and it happens A LOT. How can we, as freelance writers, ever hope to get paid what we are worth if it is okay to simply “copy and paste all over the internet?”

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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