Like many web publishers, F+W Media had never secured formal permission from authors to publish their guest posts on the DBW site. As a result, when the site was sold, much of the content had to come down until that permission was secured.
This is a not uncommon situation in web publishing; Teleread encountered the same problem when it was sold in 2010, and frankly no one bothers to ask guest contributors to agree to a specific contract before accepting a guest post (I have never been asked – not in eight years of blogging and guest blogging).
But while the permissions issue is common in blogging, Score Publishing’s response is not. They took down the entire archive, including the guest posts as well as copies of press releases and the posts by employees. That was a case of overkill.
Alas, the archive will stay down until Score Publishing secures the rights to repost the articles, which itself presents a problem. CEO Bradley Metrock told me by email that he was waiting on F+W to locate the original agreements with the creators or go back get approval again.
I am not inclined to wait patiently, so if you wrote a post for DBW – or know someone who had done so – would you please get in touch with Brad and get this straightened out?
Frankly, if I had known this issue would drag on for a month and a half, I would have said something sooner.
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