In a word, no. The classic case demonstrating this is the well-known Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln case of 2006 which was completely rejected by the court.
The reason why I am mentioning this is that there are some people out there who will consider someone else writing on the same subject as they are as 'stepping on their turf'. I have just had exactly this experience, probably not helped, I admit, by my use of the word 'collaboration' when actually I wished to cite, that is to say, reference his work. This prompted the accusation that I was essentially asking him to 'hand over' over the products of his hard work, something that had certainly never entered my mind at all and something I would never dream of doing. I am not, and never will be, in the business of, essentially, 'stealing other people's work', but I am very keen to reference and promote projects in order to help publicise them. First of all, its newsworthy stuff, and secondly its always good to do other people a favour by celebrating interesting and worthy projects. Isn't that what journalists do? Or am I missing something here?
One flaw in my personality that I will admit to is a bit of a fiery temper. I thus engaged in a lengthy email argument when actually I should have just thrown his reply in the 'spam' folder, completely ignored him and just got on with writing the article using alternative sources that I had already identified anyway.
The moral of this story is that there are people out there who, for some reason, believe they alone have the exclusive right to research, investigate and write about a particular topic. It's the writers equivalent of a farmer shouting at walkers to 'get orf my land'. They will react to such incursions on their territory by launching an attack.
The best reaction, which admittedly is hard to do if you have a bit of a fiery temper like mine, is to just ignore and get on with it anyway. Providing you are not plagiarising other people's work, you have every right to write about whatever subject you wish to.
And if they have a problem with that it is just tough basically.
- Robin Whitlock
- Weston Super Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
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