WritersWeekly Invoices Competitor $38,250 for Copyright Infringement

It makes me sick to write this article but you deserve to know about this situation. If I sound a bit angry here, it’s because I AM. And, you should be, too, because this affects YOU, our readers.

Last week, I wrote:

Paying freelance markets published by WritersWeekly.com are completely original listings, created by WritersWeekly.com after interviewing specific editors. They are our original, copyrighted work and they are time-consuming and expensive to create. We pay employees to help us with the work involved in contacting editors, and using their answers to create detailed market listings that feature each editor’s current needs. I, personally, check and edit each one, and send the finished listing directly to each editor for final approval.

We do not allow third parties to copy our markets because doing so greatly dilutes the value of these
markets for YOU, our WritersWeekly.com readers. When somebody steals our markets and publishes them elsewhere, YOU have to compete with THEIR readers for those valuable writing assignments! Therefore, people who illegally copy and publish our markets not only hurt WritersWeekly.com, they harm YOU, our readers, as well.

A couple of weeks ago, a reader informed me a competitor was publishing our original market listings. I investigated, and was shocked by what I found. It wasn’t just some unknown blogger with a hobby website. The person publishing our copyrighted material without permission was a very well-known competitor. Her name is Anne Wayman and she publishes aboutfreelancewriting.com, as well as AnneWayman.com and WritingWithVision.com. Anne Wayman’s website, AboutFreelanceWriting.com, currently features 51 posts dating back to last summer that contain our copyrighted material, word-for-word, with no credit given to WritersWeekly.com whatsoever.

And, that’s not all. We caught Anne Wayman publishing our copyrighted material back in 2002! I was absolutely blown away that this was happening again. To add an even bigger insult to the injury, she still hasn’t removed OUR copyrighted material from her website, despite the fact that we first notified her of this more than two weeks ago. It also appears she has stopped responding to our emails.

Here is our recent correspondence.

March 20, 2010

Anne Wayman – anne@aboutfreelancewriting.com
About Freelance Writing
aboutfreelancewriting.com
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Hi Anne,

It has come to our attention that you have copied numerous paying markets created by and featured in WritersWeekly.com over the past several months. It appears you are reading each issue of WritersWeekly and pulling markets, word-for-word, republishing them without permission, and giving no credit to WritersWeekly.com.

Our markets are original, paying markets, created by WritersWeekly after interviewing specific editors. They are our original, copyrighted work.

Please advise as soon as possible.

Angela Hoy
WritersWeekly.com

ANNE’S RESPONSE (paraphrased, so she can’t accuse US of copyright infringement):

Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:44:15 -0800

She says she’s sorry and “It didn’t dawn on me where my gal was getting those…” She says she should have double checked but she didn’t. She says it won’t happen again and thanks us for letting her know.

She then says she lists job sites under her posts, and asks if we want her to include WritersWeekly there. She adds, “Which is what I should have been doing all along…”

Since I’d caught her copying our markets back in 2002, I doubted “the other gal did it” story. I responded with this:

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Re: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BY ANNE WAYMAN / ABOUT FREELANCE WRITING?
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 12:04:56 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To: anne@annewayman.com

What is the name and contact information of the person who stole our
material?

I figured she’d refuse to divulge the alleged “other gal’s” identity and I was right. This was her response (PARAPHRASED):

Subject: Re: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BY ANNE WAYMAN / ABOUT FREELANCE WRITING?
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:46:24 -0800
From: anne@annewayman.com
To: Angela Hoy

She says it’s her website and asks where I’m going with this.

WRITERSWEEKLY’S RESPONSE:

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Re: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BY ANNE WAYMAN / ABOUT FREELANCE WRITING?
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 13:41:59 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To: anne@annewayman.com

Hi Anne,

How are we to know if it really is someone else or if you are the one who stole the copyrighted material?

You also stole our copyrighted material back in 2002. See old emails below. So, this is the second time you have violated our copyrights and we are now forced to invoice you for the unauthorized publication of our copyrighted material. Please advise if you would now care to share the guilty party’s identity or if you are still claiming 100% of the blame for this illegal activity.

Angela

ANNE WAYMAN’S RESPONSE (paraphrased):

Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:25:33 -0800

She said my “quarrel” was with her, nobody else, and that, “It’s on my head.” She then says she’s stopped it.

As I noted above, what’s really disturbing is that she still hasn’t removed our copyrighted material from her site. As of this writing, it is still there! It seems to us she isn’t sorry at all, and doesn’t care about the rights of others because she is STILL VIOLATING WRITERSWEEKLY.COM’S COPYRIGHTS!

WRITERSWEEKLY’S LAST RESPONSE, WHICH WE STILL HAVEN’T RECEIVED A RESPONSE TO:

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Re: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BY ANNE WAYMAN / ABOUT FREELANCE WRITING?
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:44:34 -0400
From: Angela Hoy
To:anne@annewayman.com

March 29, 2010

Anne Wayman / anne@aboutfreelancewriting.com / anne@annewayman.com
About Freelance Writing / aboutfreelancewriting.com
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Also Associated With:
Writing With Vision / writingwithvision.com
annewayman.com
http://twitter.com/AnneWayman

Paying freelance markets published by WritersWeekly.com are completely original listings, created by WritersWeekly.com after interviewing specific editors. They are our original, copyrighted work and they are time-consuming and expensive to create. We do not allow third parties to copy our markets because doing so greatly dilutes the value of these markets for WritersWeekly.com readers. Therefore, you have not only harmed WritersWeekly.com. You have harmed our readers as well. It is unethical and illegal to publish someone else’s work as your own.

This is the second time you have violated the copyrights of WritersWeekly.com. In 2002, you admitted you published our original paying markets, though you claimed they were just for a “sample” page you put on a website. We didn’t believe you at the time but we let it go. You’re now claiming one of your employees stole our copyrighted material but you are refusing to divulge that person’s name. You have now claimed this is your responsibility.

You recently published, without permission, 119 additional, original markets from WritersWeekly.com, including them in your newsletter, AboutFreelanceWriting.com, without permission and without crediting WritersWeekly.com as the source (though that would not have made any difference). It was copyright infringement either way.

The 119 original market listings below were copied from WritersWeekly.com, word-for-word, on About Freelance Writing / AboutFreelanceWriting.com. We have screenshots of every violation.

Despite the fact that you have been aware of this for over a week now, the infringing material is still appearing on your website. We demand the immediate removal of ALL WritersWeekly’s original content, both known and unknown, from every online property owned or managed by Anne Wayman.

Below is an invoice for the unauthorized publication of our copyrighted work. According to US Copyright Law – http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html

(c) Statutory Damages.

(1) Except as provided by clause (2) of this subsection, the copyright owner may elect, at any time before final judgment is rendered, to recover, instead of actual damages and profits, an award of statutory damages for all infringements involved in the action, with respect to any one work, for which any one infringer is liable individually, or for which any two or more infringers are liable jointly and severally, in a sum of not less than $750 or more than $30,000 as the court considers just. For the purposes of this subsection, all the parts of a compilation or derivative work constitute one work.

We are invoicing you $750 for each week you published WritersWeekly.com’s copyrighted material.

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INVOICE
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To:
Anne Wayman / anne@aboutfreelancewriting.com
About Freelance Writing / aboutfreelancewriting.com
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DUE: On Receipt

PAYABLE TO:
Booklocker.com, Inc.
P.O. Box 2399
Bangor, ME 04402

DESCRIPTION

51 incidents of copyright infringement / issues of
AboutFreelanceWriting.com featured WritersWeekly.com’s material

$750 per infringement

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$38,250.00 TOTAL DUE

LISTING OF INCIDENTS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BY ABOUTFREELANCEWRITING.COM:

Aug 31 2009
Adirondack Life
Wisconsin Trails Magazine

Sept 4 2009
HomeWorker Magazine
MomSense magazine

Sept 14 2009
Good Old Boat magazine
GRIT, Ogden Publications

Sept 21 2009
Faith Today
Fate Magazine

Sept 25 2009
Emerald Coast Magazine
ColumbiaKids

Sept 28 2009
Cross & Quill, The Christian Writers Newsletter
Ceramics Monthly

Sept 30 2009
Enrichment Journal

Oct 16 2009
Islands
Italian America Magazine
Key Club
Lost Treasure

Oct 19 2009
Italian America Magazine
Key Club
Living Abroad
Living Light News

Oct 26 2009
Fiberarts Magazine
DRAFT Magazine

Oct 28 2009
The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide
GreenPrints, “The Weeder’s Digest”
Gateway

Oct 30 2009
Antiques & Collecting Magazine
Sourcebook

Nov 4 2009
The Antigonish Review
Brick

Nov 6 2009
Rack
Rock & Gem

Nov 13 2009
Fiberarts magazine
Imagination Cafe
Poisoned Pen Press

Nov 20 2009
Apex Magazine
The Chrysalis Reader

Nov 23 2009
Electric Spec
Descant Magazine

Nov 25 2009
American Craft
Threads

Nov 27 2009
The Writer
You&Me-America’s Medical Magazine
Vestal Review

Nov 30 2009
You&Me-America’s Medical Magazine

Dec 7 2009
The Pedestal Magazine.com
RANGE magazine
Notre Dame Review

Dec 11 2009
HealthSource
Native Peoples
HealthSource

Dec 14 2009
City Kidz World magazine and www.citykidzworld.com
Funds For Writers

Dec 18 2009
Back Home In Kentucky
Blue Mountain Arts, Inc
Central Florida Doctor
Bird Watcher’s Digest
Antioch Review

Dec 23 2009
Back Home In Kentucky
Bird Watcher’s Digest

Dec 30 2009
Sharing the Victory
Alaska Business Monthly
Unique Opportunities, The Physician’s ResourceA

Jan 11 2009
OCEAN Magazine
Outdoor America

Jan 4 2010
Reading Today-
Pelican Publishing Company, Inc
Sandlapper, The Magazine of South Carolina
Recreation News

Jan 6 2010
Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

Jan 8 2010
The First Line
Just Labs
Outdoor America

Jan 15 2010
The Dollar Stretcher
The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal

Jan 18 2010
Ephemera Buttons, Magnets & Stickers
Dramatics Magazine

Jan 25 2010
Vestal Review
Venues Today and VT Pulse

Jan 27 2010
Church Libraries
Wavelength Magazine
Valley Business Front

Feb 1 2010
Stone Soup, the magazine by young writers and artists
Susie Magazine
Urban Male Magazine

Feb 3 2010
PWC (Painting & Wall covering Contractor) Magazine
Poets & Writers Magazine

Feb 5 2010
Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
Military History

Feb 8 2010
The Hollins Critic
IMAGE

Feb 12 2010
Blurt Magazine
Hayden’s Ferry Review

Feb 15 2010
Downstate Story
Disaster News Network / Village Life Company

Feb 17 2010
Downstate Story

Feb 19 2010
Animal Wellness, Feline Wellness
BackHome Magazine
The Artist’s Magazine

Feb 22 2010
Alaska Business Monthly
Arc Poetry Magazine

Feb 24 2010
Animal Wellness, Feline Wellness

Feb 26 2010
WOW! Women On Writing
Windsor Review

March 1 2010
SimplyFishingMagazine.com and SimplyHuntingMagazine.com
Windsor ReView

March 3 2010
AGNI Magazine
New Jersey Family
Scottish Home and Country

March 8 2010
South American Explorers Online Magazine

March 12 2010
General Aviation News
Go For A Ride
Kraze Magazine

March 15 2010
LIVE
Modernism Magazine
New Jersey Family

March 19 2010
DOG FANCY
Early American Life
FIDO Friendly magazine

While this was, by far, the worst infringer, we caught other people stealing our markets as well. Next week, I’ll let you know who they are and what they did after getting caught.

UPDATE: The day after this article was published, Anne Wayman’s site, aboutfreelancewriting.com, was down for several hours. It is back up today (Friday, April 9th). She did remove some of our markets from her site, but not all of them! So, she continues to violate federal copyright law and profit from someone else’s hard, honest work. Furthermore, after being alerted to our discovery of this infringing activity almost three weeks ago, she only bothered to remove some of the markets after she was exposed on WritersWeekly.com.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Anne Wayman emailed, claiming she’d removed the stolen material. We pointed out that there was more. She emailed again later, saying it was removed. We’re still waiting for her to let us know when she plans to pay the invoice we sent for 51 incidents (6 MONTHS!) of copyright infringement.

AND ANOTHER UPDATE

We sent a certified letter to Anne Wayman on April 2nd. It was returned today, April 15th, with “REFUSED” written on it. We’re not surprised. Shame on you, Anne Wayman.



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