Martin Neuman posts interestingly and often over on Home Office Voice. He has hit a commenting vein with his ‘Blog Networks: Are They Right For You? post a few days ago. Writing about a couple of new networks, b5media and 9rules, Martin raised some interesting questions about bloggers’ ownership of what they write for a network.

With b5media, the contributing bloggers give up ownership of the content they produce. With 9rules, they keep the ownership of their content. Big difference!

I’m all in favour of bloggers earning a dollar or lots of dollars from their blogging. But if you are into blogging as a business, you need to do due diligence as for any other business. Are the trade-offs from relinquishing the rights to your intellectual property worthwhile? Do the terms of the agreement allow for you to retain and express your unique viewpoint as a blogger?

The post and the multiple comments are well worth the visit. It’s particularly interesting to read some of the comments by network owners themselves.

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