Of course all article directories list the author of the article as the one who submitted it, so my name appears on the article as the author.
I thought textbroker.com articles we yours once you paid to have them written...i mean...isn't that the whole point?
Is this some sort of scam???
I am assuming that I am communicating with Matthew Rizos of Chesterfield MO. If this is in error I apologize. In any case, a text that I sold to this client I.D., "article title?" has appeared in numerous places around the internet with an author credit to Matthew Rizos.
Plagiarism is concerned with the unearned increment to the plagiarizing author's reputation that is achieved through false claims of authorship.
That appears to be the case here. Textbroker and an attorney near me both say this is a "gray" area. That means juris prudence is light at the moment.
I sold the rights to the text, and waived my right to claim authorship. Legally and Ethically, this does not entitle any other person to claim authorship, with or without my consent. If you like the text, I am pleased that you were satisfied with my work. I cannot go along with another claiming authorship. To me, if I did, it would be suborning plagiarism and anything else that went along with it.
A person named Matthew Rizos did not write that text. I never agreed to sell my work for any unethical or illegal purposes. I never agreed to let anyone else claim authorship.
We can save a lot of headaches if we can work this out amicably. All I want is for the author credit to go away. A copyright notice is proper, this client I.D. did buy the rights of ownership. There is nothing in the Terms of Service I can find in either the Author's or Client's section that allows anyone to claim authorship.
Please respond and share your thoughts on this with me. If this is not Matthew and you have no idea of how his credit got attached to the text, disregard this. I have his information and will contact him another way.
Here is the second email:
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I understand what happened. If I am to understand your position, it's that the computer did it and you have no control over the situation.
That's unfortunate. There are circumstances you are not aware of and forces at work here that far surpass a rookie copywriter trying to learn the trade.
Suffice it to say that if it gets formal, it won't be on my dime or under my direction. This puts me in a very awkward position as Ned granted me permission to sell the text as an interview understanding that my name would not be on it. He, like myself, never agreed to convey the right to claim authorship to anybody else.
Now I have to go back and report that it was an automated account setting type of situation. If there is anyway that you can edit those settings and repost it may be a good idea.
Claiming authorship of purchased work is now a Terms of Service Violation at Textbroker, coincidentally that happened after this situation came to the attention of the legal department. Going forward you won't be able to use that system.
Since you seem to be telling me there is nothing you can or will do, I will contact an article directory or two. Hopefully this all blows over. If there is anything you can do to rectify the situation on your end it might be a good idea. Personally, I don't like seeing somebody else's name on something I sold - but I would rather not deal with this at all.
Hopefully I can make this blow over and won't have to contact you again.