How can I get credit for work I've done that someone else took crefit for?
I wrote a blog for Sweetfishmedia.com: http://www.sweetfishmedia.com/4-trick-to-set-better-goals-for-your-business/
And I was asked to provide a bio and a picture to the company. I did, and now they have taken credit for it! Is there any actions I'd be able to take?
Ashley this is unfortunate. As from NOW get a company (if you are registered) or a standard policy to anyone you have to create a blog for, being it online or ofline.
Try and consult a legal copywriter to embark on all your projects. You can also read a course on copyright yourself which will make things easier on your side.
However if this is not that serious to you or your business you can ignore it as the internet is there for sharing ideas :),
Finally you can also sell your ideas, they pay ! you do the work, no cash no ideas.
It's kinda hard to say with social media. Did you complete the blog for a company you don't own? What site was this blog registered on, and what exactly do you mean your credit was taken?
First, you need to review the account profile and terms of agreement to be sure you have not given them permission to you work. At times when signing up for accounts, we tend to check the box and take our chances. mA day later won't hurt to reade that fine print, especially if you are providing proprietary content. That is the lure of FREE accounts. Otherwise, I would update the account, delete the content and close the account t, then create YOUR OWN blog site, which would have been my first choice.
I wished we could've solved this privately. My communication has been limited this last few days for some personal reasons, but I certainly wasn't attempting to take credit away for the work you did.
In fact, I was writing back and forth with you multiple times this week for bio info, an author photo and any links I could help promote for you within an author profile. If there was a communication breakdown I apologize, but please know this was an honest clerical mistake on my part.
Please contact me if you'd like to talk through anything else.
Keep in mind, this could be a data entry error. Before you go to them in an aggressive manner, I'd contact them and ask if this was a posting mistake. I write a blog for an online website and they post the info, so it could be that someone inadvertently posted the wrong bio. If they asked for your info/bio, I'm sure they meant to credit you.
If it really is someone taking your post and getting credit for themselves, then you can pursue options presented below.
As others have mentioned, a lot depends on the agreement between you and the client. I write blogs for clients in a variety of formats: 1) as a contributor under my own name 2) as a ghostwriter for a company CEO or VP 3) sponsored posts credited to the company name. These are agreed to upfront and I am paid for all of them.
What is inappropriate is someone taking credit for your work when this is NOT part of the agreement. Since you were asked to provide a bio and photo, it sounds as though this might indeed be a template error, as Matthew suggests. Glad to hear they are about to rectify the situation on your behalf!
Yes, you can take some legal action against the firm only if you have signed the copyright pact with them. If you have copyrights then only you can take action otherwise it is almost impossible to get the worth of your work.
If they paid you for it, and there is no contract that expresses you will be credited, they can do whatever they want with it. You won't win in either a legal battle or in internet opinion, so you're probably best to walk away.
One caveat, that's a wordpress/squarespace type site and the templates they use often auto-populate "author" information based on who was logged in when the post was created. It's not impossible that they weren't even conscious of the accreditation at the bottom. They may be willing to put you in there, they just have to figure out how to overcome their own system. I actually had a similar problem with a storytelling podcast I work on. The post for the episode credited me with being the author of the post and when the author of the story saw it, he thought I was trying to take credit for his story and flipped out...as authors do...because they tend to be insane. ;)
I think that this is a really difficult situation Ashley and so much will depend on whether you have (or want to) develop a long term relationship with this company to do more work for them in the future.
If you do, then perhaps it is best to privately express your concern and make it clear that if they want you to do any more for them, then you need an agreement in place that they will credit you for your work and be clear about how you can use what you have generated.
I am never sure how beneficial it is to have a stand off with anyone in circumstances like this. In the short term it may be very satisfying, but does it accomplish your long term goals?
Perhaps chalking this up to experience and moving on gracefully could also be an option?
If the blog was written for your employer, I would suggest reviewing your agreement. I know it can seem unfair, but I've seen similar circumstances where this is quite legal if you have been paid for the article and rights to use it without citation. If you feel wronged, you may want to get a legal opinion.
The other way to look at it is that it's a well written article and take it as compliment that someone would want to use and that it could add value for another person. Is there anything proprietary in the email and will it help/harm you in any major way? Or is this just an issue of feeling hurt that an article wasn't credited to you? If it were me, I might fight it or I might move on and chalk it up to a lesson learned. Then again, my perspective is to usually look forwards and learn from mistakes. For me, I don't find value dwelling on issues unless they would have a major impact on me or my family. I try to be as diligent (in business) as possible, including having agreements for everything and (I try) leaving nil to assumption.
In any event, best of luck with your situation! :)