As both a publication owner and an writer for a publication that is not my own, I am concerned about the lack of control that publication writers have over their content. In particular, writers are producing Works for Hire for publication owners, but unlike how this traditionally works, they are not getting paid upfront, and are instead relying on future royalty payments as compensation. The problem is that they are agreeing to hand over ownership of their content based on the current percentage of revenue sharing as indicated in the publication info, but owners have unilateral control over revenue sharing, and could theoretically change the revenue sharing to 0% for the writers at any time, the writers having absolutely no recourse.
- Have any reduction in the writers' cut trigger an option for the writer to leave the publication AND remove any content that was published after the most recent rewards period, since the author has not yet received any rewards from that content.
- Have any reduction in the writers' cut >25% trigger an option for the writer to leave the publication AND remove ALL content from the publication.
- Alternately, allow for different terms with different writers, or even individual pieces of content.
I'm sure that other people have different suggestions on ways to fix this, but for now, I'm going to work on a piece explaining what Work For Hire means.