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Re: Ghost writing - Asking a Freelance Professional to Allow Name on Article?

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Joseph C Member Since: Jan 22, 2016
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How do you feel about a Job Post that is seeking professionaly licensed Freelancers to allow use of their names and credentials attched to an article written by Job Poster ghost writer?

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Will L Member Since: Jul 9, 2015
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Sounds unethical to me, but it's probably done all the time.

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Joseph C Member Since: Jan 22, 2016
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I had Flagged the Job as "inappropriate for Upwork", got the canned response, but the Job Post is still alive.

 

 

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Tonya P Member Since: Nov 26, 2015
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The client wants to do the writing and just use the freelancer's name?

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Joseph C Member Since: Jan 22, 2016
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Tonya,

 

Yes.  The client (ghostwriter) is to write all the articles and attribute these articles to a licensed xxxxxx

who would review and approve the article prior to publishing on the client's web site.

 

 

Joseph M. C. ,P.C., CPA/ABV
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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Fishy.  Dicey.  Probably not outside of ToS.

 

FWIW - 

1. 'Name' being used has zero control over content.   Person might actually approve a piece of content only to find out it has been converted to porn on some nefarious site.

2. Anyone agreeing to this is out of his/her mind. 

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Joseph C Member Since: Jan 22, 2016
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May be within TOS but most likely not within the Professional Ethics of the licensed profession.

 

(This is a "Featured Job",  no less)

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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If a job posting violates your personal ethics or beliefs, or if it violates the ethics of a specific licensed profession that you belong to, but is not a violation of Upwork TOS, then you should NOT apply to the job.

 

But there are no grounds for flagging the job or reporting it.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Reminds me of when I watched William Shatner appearing on a late night show with a popular host (such as Carson, Letterman, etc.). The host brought out a new novel that Shatner had written, and asked him about it. Shatner had no idea how to answer any of the questions. He hadn't actually written it and I don't think he had ever read it, either.

 

The host and guest had a good laugh about this.

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Joseph C Member Since: Jan 22, 2016
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From Upwork TOS:

 

"Seeking, offering, promoting, or endorsing and services, content, or activities that:

  • are defamatory, illegal, profane, vulgar, threatening, unlawfully discriminatory, illegal, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit in nature;
  • would violate the intellectual property rights, such as and including copyrights, of another person, entity, service, product, or website;
  • would violate (a) Upwork’s Terms of Service, (b) the terms of service of another website or any similar contractual obligations, or (c) the academic policies of any educational institution;
  • regard the creation, publication, distribution of “fake news”, “hoax news” or similar false content purposefully intended to mislead readers for financial or other gain;"
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