Why I Haven’t Posted with Associated Content

I’m a publishing cross-posting whore.  I admit it.  I don’t deny it.  I want to get my stories and information out to the widest possible audience.   I signed up with Associated Content on July 9th.   I was going to make it part of my crossposting network disseminating my thoughts across the intra-webs.   I however never actually published anything with them.  Today I received this e-mail:

Hello,
My name is Brenna and I am a Community Manager at Associated Content. I see you haven’t published anything since signing up with us.
I wanted to let you know that there has never been a better time to publish on Associated Content. AC has grown by leaps and bounds in 2008, and we’ve paid out over $1 million to our contributors. We’re offering thousands of Upfront Payments weekly, we put out new Calls for Content every day and our record traffic (over 41 million page views in November!) means higher than ever Performance Payments. We hope that you’ll take advantage of this great time to publish with us.
For our American Content Producers, we’ll be giving away six iPod Nanos to Content Producers throughout December as a token of our appreciation. Publishing a piece of content for Upfront Payment automatically enters your name in the sweepstakes, and we’ll be drawing two new winners each week starting on December 16. If you’ve a lready published for Upfront Payment in December, you’re already entered. No purchase necessary. Full contest rules available here.
Happy Holidays and I hope to see you around the Associated Content site soon.

–Brenna

So why haven’t I? Well that answer is simple.  If I want to publish with Associated Content I had to give away the rights to my work and I couldn’t keep them Creative Commons licensed.   That means if I wrote something I published on Associated Content I can not legally re-use or republish it on my site.  I also can not publish it on my site first.

This is a major issue for me.  I retain control on who/what/when my content is used, at least to the extent that I don’t want others to put restrictions on my work.   99.9999% of the time use my stuff, I just want the credit for originally creating it, beyond that do with it what you will.   However if I entered into an agreement by submitting work to Associated Content I would no relinquish that control without gaining anything since being paid is not a guarantee.

For those who do publish through Associated Content, be aware of what you can do with your own data.  If you are fine with it, good for you.   I’m not trying to say my method is the only one, it’s just not a venue I want to deal with.

  • http://www.associatedcontent.blogspot.com Laura

    Hey Creeva, just came across this post and thought I would let you know that you don't necessarily have to sell all of the rights to your content to Associated Content in order to publish and cross-promote with us (I work there). We have an option whereby you can retain all of the rights to your content called “Display Only.” Publishing it that way also means that you can remove it at any time. You'll still earn Performance Payments from pageviews from us on Display Only content, but you won't be paid upfront for it. It's a good option if you're concerned about retaining rights and if you're active in cross-promoting your content from elsewhere. Have you tried that?

  • http://thebarefoot.wordpress.com theBarefoot

    You need to re-read the licensing options at AC. You don't have to give away all your rights and they do provide an option for posting articles that are written elsewhere.

  • creeva

    Thank you both for commenting and mentioning this to me – I will happily go back and re-evaluate my use of associated content.

  • Jiminy Cricket's Cousin

    just be careful about AC if you do decided to “give” them content. they've written the contractual agreement between themselves and their contributors in such a way that the cards are very heavily stacked ihn their favor. while they've improved in that they're now offering a DO option, they still have the cards stacked almost completely in their favor

  • creeva

    Thank you very much for the warning – I'm definitely going to do some heavy reading of the fine print before I hand over one iota of media

  • Jiminy Cricket's Cousin

    just be careful about AC if you do decided to “give” them content. they've written the contractual agreement between themselves and their contributors in such a way that the cards are very heavily stacked ihn their favor. while they've improved in that they're now offering a DO option, they still have the cards stacked almost completely in their favor

  • http://creeva.com creeva

    Thank you very much for the warning – I'm definitely going to do some heavy reading of the fine print before I hand over one iota of media