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BluePenguin



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:29 pm    Post subject: Linux Format reprinting articles from other mags?! Reply with quote

Read PC Format a few weeks ago.. open Linux Format and see the same article repeated! how to set up a web server by Mayank Sarma:

PC Format: http://imgur.com/uoOkxyr

Linux Format: http://imgur.com/gbRgpMI

Same article, copies over. What is happenng with Linux Format? First the page cut, then the entire team leaves to make LV, and now old tutorials being copied from other magazines

Is this it? Is the mag on its death bed? We should know!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the contributors to LXF are freelance writers. They can submit their article to as many mags as the like and get paid each time it is printed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And PC Format is in the same stable so to speak both published by Future so he did not have to shop it far Wink

Enjoy the Choice Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not entirely unheard of for magazines in the same group to share articles, it used to happen with LXF and Maximum Linux (the latter was published in the US).
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplepenguin wrote:
Some of the contributors to LXF are freelance writers. They can submit their article to as many mags as the like and get paid each time it is printed.


No we can't. When a magazine commissions an article, they get the copyright to that article. Since the article is commissioned by Future, they can then use it in as many of their magazines as they want.

The writer doesn't even have to be told that the article has been recycled.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:13 am    Post subject: Re: Linux Format reprinting articles from other mags?! Reply with quote

BluePenguin wrote:
Read PC Format a few weeks ago.. open Linux Format and see the same article repeated! how to set up a web server by Mayank Sarma:

PC Format: http://imgur.com/uoOkxyr

Linux Format: http://imgur.com/gbRgpMI

Same article, copies over. What is happenng with Linux Format? First the page cut, then the entire team leaves to make Linuxvoice, and now old tutorials being copied from other magazines

Is this it? Is the mag on its death bed? We should know!!


No, not on its death bed - we're not allowed to sleep.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:20 am    Post subject: Re: Linux Format reprinting articles from other mags?! Reply with quote

BluePenguin wrote:
Is this it? Is the mag on its death bed? We should know!!


That's a four-page tutorial in a 100-page magazine. Personally, I'd sound the death knell when I see a Windows tutorial in these pages. Until then let's cut 'em some slack, eh?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplepenguin wrote:
Some of the contributors to LXF are freelance writers. They can submit their article to as many mags as the like and get paid each time it is printed.


Whoa! Dude that'd be so awesome...if it was true. See also: Self Plagiarism with respect to infringing upon a publisher’s copyright.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It makes sense now its been pointed out. As a publisher you wouldn't want contributors work in your competitors mag.

I just assumed as the author you would retain the copyright.

Do you have any rights to the work once Future have paid you? Or is it then theirs to do whatever they please with it.
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I'm not too sure I'd want a Mint and Cinnamon muffin with my brew though. Guess I'm lucky they don't run my local bakery.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

purplepenguin wrote:
Do you have any rights to the work once Future have paid you? Or is it then theirs to do whatever they please with it.


It's been a long time since I read my contract, but I believe we regain copyright on the work six months after publication. I don't know how republicaton affects that date.
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