Thank you. That makes sense to me. I'm not completely versed in the rules of online publications. I know my friend was trying to get a story published, and he told me very few places which he spoke to allowed stories which were posted on other sites, and so if he was accepted I would have to take the version he gave me off of my blog. I certainly wouldn't have refused since I consider the story to be his, not mine.
But I think that's what confused me. I wouldn't have considered it mine, even though he gave it to me, so I wouldn't see why OO would consider it "theirs". I understand not letting people go randomly deleting all the content they contribute, but I didn't understand why a request to remove an item which had been purchased by someone else would be refused. Esp if the purchase relied on the removal of the item from this website.
I guess I understand better now, it still sits a little funny but I thank you for the response.
It's very simple, really. As the writer, you have a right to your work. But as a publisher, by posting on this website you have granted us permission to feature it. You can't retract it just because you changed your mind. It's out now, and it may have triggered a lot of responses that will be deemed incoherent once the original is removed.
Replacing a post with a link to the essay in some free publication is fine, but you are assuming that the publication that PAID for exclusive rights to the essay, is now offering it for free, online, and for an unlimited time. That is almost never the case.
And of course, this is not "holding the essay hostage" - we don't prevent it being published elsewhere, but we must reserve the right to continue to feature it, once it has been posted.
I'm sure if any such case will arise, a proper agreement would be reached.
Edited by erandror, 06 February 2005 - 11:14 PM.