Because some authors are fuzzy about what the word “Exclusive” means when we say that you must have “an exclusive license or right to any article that you submit to us”… I thought I’d share the definition:
Princeton.edu defines “EXCLUSIVE” as:
“not divided or shared with others; “they have exclusive use of the machine”; “sole rights of publication””
We define “exclusive” as the fact that you have the sole rights of publication of the article.
An author today who we suspended for sending in articles that he didn’t have the exclusive rights to said something like:
“The article I submitted was a part of my ezine that I received when I signed up for a ‘work at home’ program online. I thought I had exclusive rights to reprint this newsletter online.”
This newbie article marketer has the classic case of English word mis-understanding. What he has is a “NON-exclusive” right to the articles. While this is not illegal, it just feels fraudulent whenever we are able to find any article that an author submitted published somewhere else on the net under a different authors name.
Better yet, send in ORIGINAL articles that you personally wrote.