If you know what Spec Work is, chances are you hate it. In fact, I would be so bold as to call it a blight that threatens the entire design profession, including advertising.
So, hop over to NO!SPEC and join the movement. (if you don’t know what Spec Work is, there are a few definitions available on the site)
This is exactly the sort of issue that needs industry-wide attention and a standard stance on the subject. Herein lays the problem – the design industry has absolutely zero standardisation and regulation.