“It’s fine though, I changed the font so it’s mine now”.
What would be worse, pitching article ideas to a magazine company only to have them reject you and for you later to find out that they’ve posted pieces online which obviously spawned from your very original idea?
Or having the magazine agree to commission you, you spend weeks perfecting the piece, only to find that once it is published your name is nowhere to be seen, yet instead it says something along the lines of ‘written by author of ‘X’ magazine team’?Your name is not listed, just the term author, or worse the commissioning editor’s name as the author. This has happened to me.
To me both are appalling but the second is saddeningly worse. To not credit the creator of the work be it writing, artwork or any other medium is not just morally wrong it is illegal.
It’s saddening to think that there are people out there who would quite happily take my articles and not credit me on them.
This kind of thing makes me not want to pitch my ideas to people. Has this ever happened to you, how do you or how would you deal with it?
Because once you realise they’ve not credited you correctly you then have to sum up whether you want to confront them on this or just accept the unfairness. If they are a large magazine company do you really want to bring this conversation to the doorstep, will this block you from writing for them again? But then again as it stands without your name on the article it looks like you never have written for them anyway, so you might aswell fight your corner I guess.
Apologies for the rant, I think I’m just sick of the above happening to me. And wondered if I’m not alone with this?