Hello: I am grateful for some advice particularly if a commenter has experienced something similar. I have done research for a newspaper story for which I have not been paid. The editor wouldn't assign me any other stories nor run other stories that I had submitted. So three weeks on this story and no pay. Yesterday a big interview fell through and I can't keep working on this story with no pay. The editor asks for the story. I tell him I have lost incentive. He says he will take my notes and write the story. I have no mention of being paid. The story is delicate. My editor has acknowledged someone may get fired over the story. I free-lance and this topic is not my area of interest. I have not given my permission to use my notes to write the story. I had shared them with my editor for feedback as I prepared for my interview (which subsequently fell through). This is the first story I have written for this editor and people's jobs are at stake, I wanted to ensure I was responsbile with my words. Who owns the notes? I took them, my editor has copies, I have not been paid for them. He told me he was going to use them. I did not give my permission. I have not responded to his email in which he stated he will take them and write the story. (He says he will credit me, I'm not sure I want that.) I did use the name of the paper in my introduction to each person that I interviewed. So my question is about the ownership of the notes. Do I own them or does the paper? I appreciate any commentary, and my thanks, Anita.