Wow. I can relate to this! This is what got me into trouble with Huffington Post back when the editors would scour Medium for viral pieces and I was always approached for permission to repost. I stupidly thought it would be a great idea since I needed the exposure, but I soon realized that I was contributing to the “waste management” atmosphere that we’re currently enduring.
I’ve seen my work reproduced without my knowledge and it’s outright theft! I’m so exhausted by it all. But I’m glad you shared this — it needs to be said!