Some of us in the freelancing biz may be interested in this:
By Dave Long on Monday, June 25, 2001 - 04:46 pm:
I saw this about 2 months ago. I'm sure it affects some of us, but it really depends on what kind of wording is in our original contracts with the entities we're writing for. Since CGM is the only one that republishes their print work verbatim on the website (in many cases)or vice versa, it's probably the only major one affected. Depends on what it says in that paper we signed which I'd have to dig up at home. Anyone think of any other entities that this would affect that you might have written for?
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Monday, June 25, 2001 - 04:51 pm:
According to the (current) contract that CGM asks its freelancers to sign, any work submitted to CGM becomes property of, basically, CGM and its parent companies and subsidiaries. Bottom line, they can post it if they want, because it becomes their stuff.
By Jason Levine on Monday, June 25, 2001 - 04:59 pm:
"I saw this about 2 months ago."
Dave, how did you do that if the Supreme Court just decided the case today? =)
By Dave Long on Monday, June 25, 2001 - 05:08 pm:
There was an article about two months ago at MSNBC I think that the decision was imminent and it was going to go the way of the freelancers. I think it mentioned that some of the stuff had already been decided in their favor at that point. I'll have to track down what I read. I pointed it to Lee Johnson back then (conveniently on vacation... :( and he said "I do not think that means what you think it means." and I tossed it aside.
By Dave Long on Monday, June 25, 2001 - 05:11 pm:
Hmmm... I might have clicked on it in one of those boxes they have on this story about recent and pending Supreme Court cases. I know it was speculating as to the victory for the freelancers and didn't list a verdict. Sorry...that's what I meant above and it was unclear. I should have said, "I read about this two months ago".
By Dave Long on Monday, June 25, 2001 - 05:13 pm:
Allow me to also say that as a freelancer for CGM, I never once considered that I wouldn't expect my work to appear in both the print and online forms. I like people to be able to read what I write. =)
By John T. on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 - 11:23 am:
I think it's a disaster for researchers/historians. The fact that the Times is getting ready to delete 26,000 articles from its database this week makes me want to just cry.