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March 29, 2005

Blogging Policy: Ghost-writers?

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Posted by Marty Schwimmer

What's your view on ghost-written blogs? I'm not personally aware of any (;-])but I have seen solicitations for such services. Seems, at a minimum, to defeat one of the points of blogging, and if the blog is identified as the work of a specific lawyer then more troubling issues are raised.

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1. david giacalone on March 29, 2005 2:54 PM writes...

You've dug up the ghost of a horse we practically beat to death about a year ago, Marty. See e.g., Selling the Perception of Expertise and Ghosts will kill the weblogging community. I hope we've laid this ghost to rest. I continue to believe that owner-operated weblogs are most beneficial for the weblogger and the audience.

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2. Mike on April 1, 2005 1:37 AM writes...

Absolutely, positively, 100% unacceptable. I think using ghostwriters in nearly every context is unethical. When you put your name to an article (or a blog), you're not merely telling the world that you own the copyright -- You're telling the world that you created it. If you did not create the content, then a footnote should indicate that you at least "supervised" and "adopted" it. Which is all the signature at the bottom of a legal brief tells the reader.

If you did not create the content, then obviously, you're telling the world a lie. I realize ghostwriting is rampant, but I have no tolerace for it.

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