If you’ve hired a writer to do some ghost blogging, how do you know that the copyright is yours?

Sometimes, copyright is taken for granted when you initially outsource a blog. It’s only later that the question comes up, and then, nobody knows where they stand. Mathew and I have now made the issue much clearer in our Terms and Conditions, but we thought it also warranted a blog post.

Copyright for Ghost Blogged Content

Copyright for ghost blogs or article writing transfers to the client once the client has paid us. This policy applies to everything we do.

If you pay upfront, you own the copyright from the moment the web content or article arrives in your mailbox, so there’s no possibility of a dispute. If you pay after delivery, you only own the copyright once cleared funds have arrived in our bank account.

If work isn’t paid for, we are still the copyright holders by law. We would have the right to take back that content and use it elsewhere, or take things a stage further and demand the content was removed from your site. Thankfully, this has happened very rarely.

Ghost Blogging: Author Credits and Bylines

Generally, the content won’t be posted under our name, and that’s fine. Once you purchase the content, you can assign someone else as the author. Equally, if you want to use our name and byline, you can.

If you have any more questions about copyright, email us today: we’d be glad to help.

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Claire Broadley

Technical writer, blogger, and editor at Red Robot Media
Claire Broadley has been a technical author and web content writer at Red Robot since 2010. She contributes to dozens of websites, focusing on consumer technology, online privacy, digital marketing, and small business topics.
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