Marketing Ezine Value Jumps from Free to $300 Based On Amazon.com Article Sale

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Thanks to Thomson Gale and Amazon.com a handful of Charlie Cook's marketing articles, the ones he sends out for weekly free to his subscribers, are now worth $5.95 giving the free marketing newsletter "More Business" an annual value of over $300.

Author of the articles and current copyright holder, Charlie Cook says, "It's very flattering that Thomson and Gale likes my articles enough to sell them without my permission on Amazon.com, but I'd be annoyed if I paid them money for content which can be gotten for free at http://www.marketingforsuccess.com."

You can view the seven articles of Charlie Cook's listed for sale by Thomson Gale at: http://www.marketingforsuccess.com/onamazon.pdf

Charlie isn't asking his subscribers to send him a check for $300 for their 52 issues of "More Business" though he'd like Thomson Gale to stop distributing his articles and send him a check instead.

Thomson Gale claims they have a contract with the original publisher to distribute these articles on Amazon.com. What's puzzling is that this contract was written in 1991 before the internet existed. Then there is the small detail that author Charlie Cook never sold or reassigned the copright for these articles.

Can anyone just start selling articles you wrote on Amazon.com without your permission. According to Charlie, "Thomson Gale said they'd remove the articles within 3 weeks. Amazon.com was much more responsive when informed of the situation and promised to remove them within 3-5 days. Hopefully by the time you read this, they will no longer be for sale by someone other than their owner."

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