3 Months & Still NO ACTION on Protecting My Writing
Today, I removed my posts with interviews I conducted with Iraqi refugees because World Pulse's Terms of Service require I abdicate my control of anything I post on this site to World Pulse. These are exclusive stories, and by posting on this site, I grant World Pulse the rights to edit and repost these sensitive interviews anywhere World Pulse wants, in any format, without my permission or knowledge -- forever, which means any company that buys World Pulse in the future has the right to control my work. See the paragraph below and full Terms of Service at http://www.worldpulse.com/about/terms
Since I have a commitment to keep these refugees safe, I have opted out of participating in World Pulse.
I am very disappointed in World Pulse's lack of response to this issue. Their motto is noble: "No one speaks for me. I speak for myself." Yet, their decision to require me to legally give up control of my work -- my voice -- as well as those of the women and children I've interviewed -- is counter to this noble goal. I first raised this issue via emails to Jensine a month before I posted publicly on this site, and there is still no change at World Pulse. I waited another 6 weeks following Jensine's response to previous threads about this subject, but there's still no change. ...Very disappointing.
To view a variation of my original posts as well as other interviews with refugees of the Iraq War, please visit: http://www.peacepathfoundation.org/listen/syria/
These interviews are part of my forthcoming journalistic memoir about my work in the Middle East with Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. To become part of my personal email list of friends and family who will get a special pre-publication discount, please email me directly at BeInvolved@aol.com. I'm pulling out of World Pulse and will not be monitoring emails sent through this site.
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