PLEASE READ THIS!!!
IT FINALLY APPERENTLY CHANGED!!!
Here is the exact wording from the TOU:
Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Member may remove from the Site Content authored by the Member except for Content that is the “Overview” or other synopsis of any project, which shall irrevocably remain subject to the Site License. Likewise, the Archival License shall continue to apply to all Content notwithstanding the Member’s removal of Content from the Site.
BUT THIS IS WHAT IT WAS BEFORE...
But wait, we're not done yet. Remember those removal restrictions I mentioned? Prior to the public feedback stage, writers can remove their work from WEbook at will. Once the work has been opened to public feedback, however, and during WEbook's exclusive option term, removal is not allowed. Writers' right to removal returns once the option term has expired--but if they do remove the work, they must agree "in perpetuity to pay WEbook 2.5% of all monies received by Member from Member's sale, license, transfer, or other business transaction of the Content or subsidiary rights in the Content and/or deriving from the Content or subsidiary rights in the Content (including derivative works of the Content)." Essentially, writers must pay WEbook a kill fee if they ever sell an optioned work they removed from the site, or any part, adaptation, or sequel to it.
And we're still not done. WEbook retains "irrevocable" and "perpetual" archival rights to all content ever posted on the site, optioned or not, and "has no obligation to Member to disclose any aspect of how, where, and when WEbook exercises and employs the Archival License." So years from now, your work could still be online--but you'll have no way, other than Internet searching, of finding out where or how.
In my opinion, "rapacious" is not too strong a word for all of these provisions.
Writers using WEbook are not required to open up their work for public feedback. Those who don't will not have to worry about any of the above except for the archival license. A number of groups do seem to be using WEbook for non-publication-related activity: writing exercises, topic discussions, compiling material just for fun. But the lure of publication is strong, and this is certainly what will draw many of WEbook's users--and the site is clearly wooing such users by describing itself (as on its opening page) as an "avant-garde book publishing company [that] applies an interactive approach to the process - in every sense of the word - by using the Internet as a platform to connect truly brilliant writers to print publication."
Proving, yet again, the vital importance of carefully reading the fine print.
PLEASE don't put something on here you care dearly about.. It could break your heart as it did mine :,( and don't let this offend anyone who really read it and doesn't really mind. Thanks for listening and reading tho...
Also pleease note: This is already here for everyone to read. I am only making it more prominent and easier to see as it should have been at the top of the tearms of use. Instead of the bottom.
- Fame is a mind game.
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Screenplay: Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Poetry: Epic, Fantasy
too many to count
anywhere at all
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Coming of Age, Military/Espionage, Short Story, Thriller/Suspense
Poetry: Epic, Experimental, Fantasy, Song Lyrics