Ghostwriting: the legal rating

Some people who want to hire ghostwriters are afraid to, because they suspect that something illegal to do – but such fears are baseless.

Ghostwriting: legal or illegal?

If ghostwriting were illegal, there would hardly be a multitude of agencies offering their services under German domains, including the name and address of the operator: ghostwriting is a service that consists of creating texts, often also research, editing and consulting. The use cases are versatile:

A manager or business consultant wants to present his methods and experiences, but is overwhelmed with sorting the material and writing.

A professor has already published extensive work on his area of ‚Äč‚Äčexpertise, but is in danger of being unable to comply with a publishing date.

A celebrity wants to publish his biography and needs the help of an experienced ghostwriter.

Clear conditions

While all of these cases are clearly legal in legal terms, academic ghostwriting suffers from the reputation of being illegally or, at least, in the legal gray area. However, this is wrong: The service of producing and selling texts (including scientific ones) is legal – even if the German university association, which on closer inspection proves to be nothing more than a professorial lobby, makes every effort to do the opposite To give an impression.

The fact is, clients of academic ghostwriters are acting illegally when they post foreign texts as their own exams. However, such action is entirely at the discretion of the customer and can not be charged to ghostwriters or agencies who are neither able nor willing to consider the use of the text they provide.

For this reason, the call for a criminal sanctioning of academic ghostwriting is merely journalistic anxiety, which should distract from the failure of university structures.