Copyright and Ghostwriting — Plagiarism Today

The ethics of ghostwriting are often the subject of much debate. Though often seen as plagiarism, such as with the battle over Christiane Serruya story, it remains a common practice for many books and creations in general. Simply put, there are times where, despite someone’s name appearing on the cover of a book, there’s no…

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Personally, if I am buying a book supposedly written by a well-known writer, I expect they need to clearly spell out it was actually written by a ghost writer. I can think of a well-known writer who is known for using ghost writers for his books. I don’t buy his books for this reason. He may have started out writing his own books, but now he rarely does. If I am paying a higher price for his books, I require he does his own writing.

As an FYI, work for hire has a specific meaning in the U. S. that most people miss. It’s usually when dealing with photographers or photo studios since those contracts often don’t include work for hire in the language although it can apply in other cases. Don’t assume the photo studio was a work for hire unless the language is specifically in the contract. For example, I have photos of my daughter done by a major photo studio and the contract makes it clear the photo studio owns the copyright to those photos. Which is why I don’t add those photos to social media, genealogy sites, etc.

About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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