"Hi all (@cella @geraldine in particular),
Im writing from workers' rights campaigning group Organise (organise.org.uk), we help people get better rights from their employers. I saw the article about WW in the Guardian and wanted to get in touch to see if we can be of any help (we're free of charge by the way!). We have worked with everyone from academics to Amazon warehouse workers to help them get better rights at work.
I would love to speak to someone, particularly Tara if anyone has her details, about how we can help. Please do contact me on email@example.com "
It was an anonymous reply and I don't know anything about this organisation, but some of you may wish to make contact. The guardian article mentioned, is probably this one.
It appears they want people to sign 'blind' on the off chance they'll be in a good mood somewhere down the line and grant them the privilege of reusing their own work. Surely it would be better to at least offer some paperwork BEFORE anybody signs because, you know, they don't look exactly trustworthy at this stage. They'll still want all rights though. It's hard to back down when 'bloody-minded exploitation' is your middle name.
Who is @cella?
I don't know who at TI made the suggestion that writers may be given permission to reuse their own work, nor how such permission might be obtained.
As far as I'm aware, no writers have been offered this 'deal' and I can't see how it makes any difference to the all rights issue. I don't want temporary permission to claim ALCS or possible permission to reuse my own work – I want to retain the right to do so.
In full agreement with you, Patsy. Very sad to read on another site, that some writers are saying they can't afford to not give up their rights to WW. I guess those of us who are willing to stand up for what we believe is fair and just for all writers, must be all so wealthy we can! Who is kidding who?
Thanks for pointing this out to me, Patsy.
Assume the SoA haven't said anything more yet?
I think some people believed this would be over by now. They expected TI Media to see sense quickly.
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