In Case You Needed Another Reason Not to Buy It

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    Jan 29, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    Magazine publisher Rodale putting new spin on plagiarism

    http://www.regrettheerror.com/?s=mens+health
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    Jan 30, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    As moral rights in copyright can't be assigned (e.g. the author's right to have their name associated with their work), the justification from the publisher is misguided at best, stupid and ignorant at worst.
  • momewrath

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    Jan 30, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    This practice isn't unusual among many media outlets. This isn't something that should be taking the creator by surprise. Like was mentioned, this is in the contract. So if the writer agrees to those terms, there's legally no problem with it. When you're hired by a company to produce something for them, it's a rare case if you hold any rights to the content once you show it to them. Photographers and artists have been dealing with this for years, so it's no surprise to me that writers have to deal with it too.

    Definitely not a reason to not buy something, though. If you boycott based on this kind of contract, you'd have to boycott all media.
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    Jan 30, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    momewrath saidThis practice isn't unusual among many media outlets. This isn't something that should be taking the creator by surprise. Like was mentioned, this is in the contract. So if the writer agrees to those terms, there's legally no problem with it. When you're hired by a company to produce something for them, it's a rare case if you hold any rights to the content once you show it to them. Photographers and artists have been dealing with this for years, so it's no surprise to me that writers have to deal with it too.

    Definitely not a reason to not buy something, though. If you boycott based on this kind of contract, you'd have to boycott all media.


    You're overstating. I was a working journalist for 16 years and, working in public relations for the last 20 years, continue to work with writers and publishers. It is NOT normal for the editor to put his or her name on a writer's work. Not in newspapers, not in magazines, corporate newsletters or basically anywhere else.

    It occurs on rare occasions, but it is not the norm. Not at all. What this guy is doing to increase the value of his own name, is basically fraud.
    And yeah, that is a good reason not to buy a product. It says something fundamental about the ethics of the people running it and your purchase says something about the ethics of the people you care to associate yourself with.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 30, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    Disappointing to hear about this, sounds absolutely dishonest.
    The readers here are certainly taking some of the information to heart to improve their fitness. I would hope it all starts with sincerity and honesty
    with its preparation.