California Assemblywoman has launched a direct attack on press freedoms with her bill. I’d say she should be ashamed of herself, but knowing her, shame is not a sensation she’s familiar with.
This is astonishing, even for California: ''Everybody Is Freaking Out': Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law.'
First California tech like Facebook etc took the money out of freelance writing Writers, broke, tried to write more, work harder, keep pace... Now they’re outlawing such productivity in CA They want to drive writers to extinction
This law would functionally make it illegal for me to do my job in California. please rethink this. If you want to talk about the reality of freelance writing careers, I’m around. Contact me at
Holy fucking shit this is actually a death sentence for some freelancers' careers MY GOD what an absolute nightmare. via
I talked to a bunch of freelance journalists and publications about how #AB5 will affect their day-to-day. No one quite knows, but everyone's at least a little apprehensive for Jan. 1
I for one am shocked that a government regulation intended to benefit people is having unintended negative consequences! When has that ever happened before?
. This cap on the amount that freelance journalists can produce will force professionals out of the business and replace them with hobbyists. Freelancers produce >75% of content. This law will effectively degrade the quality of journalism
1644, United Kingdom: John Milton writes the Areopagitica, “a speech . . . for the Liberty of Unlicenc'd Printing,” arguing that “this [] order of licencing conduces nothing to the end for which it was fram'd.” 2019, California
My anxiety spiked reading this and I'm not even in California. I freelanced for 4 years and wrote anywhere from 6-11 news stories per 8-hour shift, not even counting weekly longform feature work, TV recaps, and movie reviews.
“Was it a little arbitrary? Yeah.” Legislator that authored a new California bill (AB 5) that prohibits freelance journalists from writing more than 35 stories per year for a publication.
A while back, I observed that California's AB5 seemed to outlaw a lot of freelance writing. Turns out, it outlaws a lot of freelance writing.
All my freelance writer pals are worried, with good reason, about the California law designed to deal with the Uber/Lyft gig loopholes. (via )
Under a new CA law, freelance writers are capped at writing 35 "submissions" per year per "putative employer." Because making a living freelance writing was already too easy.
follow , , or for more info, or take a scroll through the replies to any tweet about this bill to get an idea of the harm this will cause to CA freelancers. some have already been cut off. others already looking to move.
The author of #AB5, cited for today's massive job losses at Vox Media, admitted the 35-piece cap imposed on freelance journalists was "a little arbitrary." The cap may be arbitrary. That hundreds just lost a source of income is very clear.
Good luck, California writers.
Politicians : We know what’s best for you. We ll punish the cos & reclassify you as employees! Group : But this harms us more than them. We love the flexibility 😕 Politicians : Don’t worry, we got this. Worker conditions need to be just & sustainable!
When the government tries to manage the economy, you get damaging ideas like this
Poorly thought out law in CA "Everybody Is Freaking Out": Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law via
Reporters weren't aware of a law that directly impacted them. But yep, these are really very smart people who are totally informed on the big issues of the day!
Ah, the California Legislature. Official motto: “Hold my beer.”
“No, no, but our intentions are good.”
"Everybody Is Freaking Out": Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law
Hello, First Amendment! You OK with a 35 article a year limit?
“Everybody Is Freaking Out": Freelance Writers Scramble to Make Sense of New California Law
Yet another example of how laws with loose wording can have unintended consequences
Not sure what to call this. Pehaps 'Unintended Intended Consequences.'