Book or music publishing agreement
This is a straight forward but comprehensive publishing agreement for use by either an author/composer or a publisher. It is a flexible agreement, providing an ideal framework for publishing any created work.
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About this book or music publishing agreement
You may be the author/composer or a publisher. This document can be edited easily to give the advantage to one side or the other. It covers protection for both in reasonable balance.
The document refers to a named book. However, it could as well be used for publication of any single or multiple written work.
Your work could be of any size, complexity and for any purpose. For example, it could be music, a plain script, a book to be converted to script, or any other “created work” or product in which you own copyright. Only you can describe it accurately. For the sake of clarity in the document, we have named your work “Black, White and Green”. You now wish to arrange to exploit your work through an arrangement with a publisher.
Any publishing arrangement is technically a licence on agreed terms. See below for an alternative form of licence and for a sale of your entire rights.
This agreement preserves the authors’s or originator’s rights to sell the same material in different markets. It preserves moral rights as author.
The agreement covers subsidiary rights in detail so that the author may receive different levels of royalty for different areas of marketing. Payment terms are also covered in great detail, so as to make clear exactly what will be paid to the author, how and when.
This publishing agreement also provides protection for the publisher in several important areas.
- Professionally drawn, tough law
- Easy to edit (as always with Net Lawman documents)
- Thorough coverage of legal areas
- Practical, alternative business provisions
- No requirement for you to be your own lawyer
Alternatives to this agreement
This agreement contains provisions special to the book and music publishing industry. If your created work is not directly in that sector, you may decide instead to consider a more general copyright licence agreement.
For a comprehensive version of the sale agreement see IP rights sale agreement: in television, film or media production.
Contents of this publishing agreement
Here is a list of the major subjects covered in this agreement.
- Definitions and interpretation
- Warranties and understandings
- Author’s warranties and representations
- Publishers control of publication and requirement for bibliography
- The licence
- The royalties and payment provisions - in detail
- Subsidiary rights
- Protection of author’s rights
- Dealing with third party infringement of copyright
- Other matters relating to enforcement and other legal issues
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This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.
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By Amanda Wilson 16 May 2013
Very comprehensive yet easy to understand. I had already found a contract document on line but was unsure whether it would really cover all the points I would need in order to ensure the document was sound.
I found Net Lawman by chance after doing a web search for information on ‘publishing rights for books.’ I liked the fact that they offered documents in ‘plain English’ and that they were very reasonably priced. I was also swayed by the refund policy.
I would definitely recommend Net Lawman to others and will be making it my first port of call for documents in the future.
By Luke Jeffery 16 September 2014
The document was reasonably well written. However, there were a number of inconsistencies in terminology (e.g. between using the terms Company, Publisher and the actual company name). And the second royalty option did not specify what the percentages were based on. In fact, we had to make many corrections throughout the document.
Moreover, it was not made clear on the website that this contract was very much biased towards the author. For example, most publishers will have their hands tied when it comes to marketing, promotion and rights management if the author does not transfer copyright to them. We are a publisher and would like to have seen more options available that consider both authors' and publishers' needs.
Net Lawman responds 09 October 2014
Thank you so much for taking the trouble to review this document. Your second paragraph is absolutely correct. Yes, most of our documents are drawn to prefer the interest of the document buyer. (there are exceptions, like joint venture agreements). I am so sorry that we failed to make this clear both in the section description and the page telling you about the document.
As we have told you, we have now upgraded this document to take account of the points you have raised.
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