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Outraged By Article Duplication

When I write for an online site, I try to give them my very best, meaning that what I write for them falls within their expected guidelines and what I write for them is 100% original and hasn't been published elsewhere. Lately, I've been coming across a whole host of authors who have taken to submitting the same article to multiple technology sites, and this really pisses me off. Not only is it underhanded and sneaky, it's also in violation of a lot of site's publishing criteria. Many of them specify that the article must be original, and for those sites that pay for the article, they own the copyright and therefore you cannot publish the article anywhere else. I honor these agreements, and I can't stand it when I see others aren't.

Here's an example: I was looking for an article on the tabular data ActiveX control. I found the following links in Google.

It's pretty obvious that the author sent around the article to several places, even after it has already been published. Since DevX pays for the articles you write (I've written for them before), they end up owning the copyright for the article and you are supposed to guarantee them that this is an original, unpublished work.

This isn't the first time I've seen this, but it really makes me sick. Have a little respect for the publishers, especially for the ones that pay you.

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