Publication writer agreements are needed

Service: Narrative

Wow - so Publications are here - thank you @Brian Lenz and everyone else with the @Narrative Network Team who made it happen.

Just a quick suggestion.  The ability for Publication owners to change the content rewards sharing percentage at any time is going to cause huge headaches for everyone down the line.  Upset writers, which will lead to Publications losing writers.

I believe the only viable solution long term is for every piece of content submitted to have its own agreement, with the revenue sharing percentage as a key feature of this agreement.

I suggest the following:

  • Create a writer agreement form for the Publication owner to fill out, where they can set the default revenue sharing percentage for that writer - the writer should see these terms when they are accepting an invitation to write  
  • Apply those default terms to all articles submitted by the writer to that Publication
  • Allow for the default to be overridden in case the writer and Publication need to change their arrangement for publishing certain pieces.
  • Once published, the terms for the publishing of the article should not be changeable without both parties agreeing (and in Beta, it is fine for them to simply not be changeable at all)

 

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Yes we have been discussing ways to make it super clear what the terms are when a writer submits work to a Publication...did you see the additions to the TOS that came along with this release? 

"Note that if you submit content to a Publication, you are waiving all ownership rights to that Publication- including the ability to edit or delete the content. Further, you may not remove content that you have posted to a Publication from that Publication.

Copyright

For all content not posted to a Publication, copyright ownership belongs to the content author.

However, when an author posts to a Publication, the post is considered a “Work Made For Hire”, even if the author is not compensated directly by the Publication. The copyright is thus owned by the Publication owner for as long as the content remains on the Publication. Further, the Publication may republish, reuse, and/or re-post the content outside of Narrative, at its sole discretion.

When a Publication removes content from its channel, the copyright for the removed content shall automatically revert back to the content author."

In my opinion, also a simple cap to the sharing percentage would be reasonable, to begin with (already there?).  If Narrative itself takes 15%, I don't see many reasons to let editors take more than 30% (or less), for example.

Vico Biscotti posted:

In my opinion, also a simple cap to the sharing percentage would be reasonable, to begin with (already there?).  If Narrative itself takes 15%, I don't see many reasons to let editors take more than 30% (or less), for example.

In the case of Brands, who's writers could possibly even be employees, a hard cap simply doesn't work at all.  That's a reason. 

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