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

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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