On August 2, 2014, news has broken out about the difficulties Yahoo Voice and YCN writers are having with publishing their work elsewhere, which was once published with Yahoo.
In a statement e-mailed to contributors on July 2, 2014, YCN announced the closing of Yahoo Voice and YCN thus informing writers on July 31, 2014, all rights of material would revert to the writers.
“With the exception of content you provide to Yahoo under a work for hire license, or unless Yahoo arranges differently with you, we will remove from Yahoo all content published through Yahoo Contributor Network and rights for all of your Yahoo Contributor Network content will revert to you.” The Yahoo Contributor Network Team.
Many contributors feel that Yahoo has prevented them from earning to their full potential per article and by closing; this argument can certainly be made as well as the fact that contributor’s page views may have been compromised leaving many writers wanting to file for an official audit of records.
With Yahoo's final payments to come out on August 15, 2014, many contributors feel either Yahoo will fail to pay or payments will not be accurate. However, writers have another battle to face in cleaning up the mess the closing has caused them.
Dead links is a huge issue for writers, which could cause them to loose time, money and credibility of their work. Furthermore, members are receiving messages such as this from Blogmutt, which again clearly shows how Yahoo has prevented writers from earning to their full potential with material they published with Yahoo.
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“We know that many of you were writers in the Yahoo Contributor Network, and that as of today the "rights" for your work transferred back to you. While you now own that content, it has been published. So to BlogMutt and our clients, it would be "duplicate content" and could harm the SEO and the credibility of our clients. So don't use any of your old material with BlogMutt. Not even one. We've had to revoke writing privileges for a number of writers who've done this now, and we don't want to do that for you. Please save yourself and us the trouble, and continue to just write 100 percent, all-original copy for BlogMutt clients.” Scott Yates, CEO BlogMutt.
When it comes to published material, once it has been published it cannot be unpublished. It does not matter if the material is out on the World Wide Web or not. That theory falls to the, “tree in woods”. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to see it fall or hear it fall, did it really fall?
Some writers believe that if the material is not seen, it is not published and that is simply not true. Some sites, will allow work to be published which was published before. However, many sites only want original work never published and Blogmutt has clearly stated where they stand on this matter.
With all the difficulties contributors now face should Yahoo be forced to pay a form of compensation to it’s some 6,000 plus writers and what would that compensation cover?
To learn more about the difficulties contributors have faced since the closing announcements please see the suggested links below We here at Examiner will continue to inform you of news of the situation as it unfolds.