“Write me an ebook – I don’t care if you copy and paste from all over the Internet, as long as it is in ebook format, PDF maybe. I’ll provide the topic and item of emphasis. Should not be very hard, and as long you keep the copyright in mind.”

That is an actual post on Elance. This guy (gal) wants to ensure the GHOSTwriter they choose – the one who he/she gives complete permission to PLAGIARIZE all over the place – keeps copyright in mind.

Anyone else laughing about this? I had a little chuckle. Then I got a lot mad. Because this sort of thing happens and it happens A LOT. How can we, as freelance writers, ever hope to get paid what we are worth if it is okay to simply “copy and paste all over the internet?”