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NDA, Copyrights, and Content Creation Agreements

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John B Member Since: Jul 21, 2016
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I am a semi-retired business writer using UpWork to fill time and get some variety. I am generally ok with content ownership and protection contracts but it gets sticky if a deal goes sour and I am never compensated. I am wondering if all if these content agreements are valid if the project was dropped and not paid for...

 

If I sign an agreement via my personal email and the client does not pursue the entire writing engagement, do I still have to abide by the agreements?

 

Do I own the work that was done if the client never paid?

 

Can I use work I've written as examples to other prospects if they never paid completely?

 

TIA!

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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If you aren't paid for the work, you own the work. Period.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Yes, you can use the work as an example or portfolio item if you own it because it wasn't paid for.

 

Some people here like to put caveats on that. I think you can act responsibly and charitably in your application of this principle, out of concerns for privacy and such. But that is the client taking a risk.

 

If a client hired me to work with a document and doesn't pay me for my work, and I publicize the document... Blame for that definitely lies with the client.

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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John,

You can also file a DMCA takedown request for any unpaid material being used by your client.

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Michael
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