In conversations with a few people and due to recent events, I’m interested to know what most company policies are on what they do with content published by an employee after that employee is no longer with the company. For example, let’s say an employee published one to two hundred articles of documentation or posts for the company’s blog. I would hope that the company keeps the author’s name intact and does not remove them or their work from existence.
But, what stops a company or even a website with guest blog posts from changing the author and taking credit for someone else’s work? It’s wrong and unethical, but over the years, it has happened in the WordPress ecosystem. As an employee, do you or have you added or negotiated what happens to the content you published after you leave? I wonder if companies have a clause that says all content published on the site, including its documentation, is the property of the company. I imagine that’s pretty common.
What about recourse? What can someone do against a website or business that essentially steals your work and claims it as their own? I have to say, I’m thankful that my author page still exists on WP Tavern as having that removed and the content changed to an Unknown author would be a huge bummer. Actually, I’d be pretty upset. Please feel free to reach out and either send me examples or explain what your company does in the comments.