Freelancers Have To Fight For Their Rights

140fist.jpgFreelance writer Ellen Alperstein recently passed on an assignment because of a contract that demanded the copyright to her work, while putting her “at unacceptable legal risk.” In a post on LA Observed, Alperstein reminds us that the problem isn’t just with editors, publishers, and lawyers who take advantage of writers in need of work – we have a responsibility to protect ourselves:

Willful ignorance is unacceptable in a profession obliged to find and tell the truth. Many editors and writers of my acquaintance have never read the contracts they respectively distribute and receive. Some can’t define “indemnification.” Some refuse to investigate its implications, and many writers play the percentages, knowingly establishing a precedent of abuse.