LA Times demands that reporters sign away rights to books, movies and other works they create while working at the paper

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/14/strike-strike-strike.html

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Unless the journalists used sources exclusive to the LA Times for their outside writing, the Times can pound sand.

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It’s like giving your bullied kid extra lunch money: it’s not going to buy them lunch, because the bullies will simply take that money, too.

Thankyou @doctorow. It’s these kinds of simple - extremely apt - analogies that work wonders when discussing (nee arguing) collective bargaining with my friends and colleauges who have never been part of a union, nor know anyone personally that’s been part of a union.

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This is so amazingly assholish. “Hey, you staff members are willing to work in an industry that’s largely being murdered by its own management, so why don’t we make it even more obvious how little we care about you. Also, if you accept this, we’re just going to demand droit du seigneur with your kids next.”

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We get the LA Times and the NY Times every day. It is becoming apparent that the NY Times is on track to eat the LA Times’ lunch - they are running more LA-specific content. Today a new restaurant reviewer started, who is based in LA. Someone in NY thinks the LA Times is about to die… I hope they’re wrong – I like the California section – but they certainly seem to be doing a lot of awful things.

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please don’t give them ideas. once they discover they can acquire the children they will round them up and put them in a sweatshop where they will sit at little desks, wear little woody allen glasses and write comedy and cartoons for the la times.

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Point taken, thank you. Just wish I had me a union…

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Damned right. Any place of employment tht had anything resembling this rider in the employment contract would get to see me walking out on the spot. My creative work is mine, full stop. If the employer wants to negotiate a contract for specific works, then they can jolly well pay me for it… And I will insist on retaining author credit.

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It reminds me of that period when software companies threw crap into their employment contracts wanting to claim any at-home software by developers even if it had nothing to do with the company’s products or industry. Yeah, no.

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It’s a case of killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. The best journalists would not stick around under a regime like that; what would be left would be hacks and third-raters. The readers would see the difference quickly.

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Socialism detected. Call in the Pinkertons.

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Why stop there?
Why not the soul of your first-born as well?

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