Book or music publishing agreement
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About this document
This agreement grants a licence to a publisher to reproduce and sell a written work, and provides a means for the author or composer to exploit commercially the created intellectual property in the work.
The work could be of any size, complexity and for any purpose. For example, it could be a book, memoirs, a short story, a music score, a song, a script, or a book to be converted into a script. It could also be a series of works, such as poems or articles or an album of music.
This contract preserves the originator’s rights to sell the same material in different markets, to other publishers, in other media and territories, and for other uses. It preserves moral rights as the author.
The template could be edited by either side. As is, it provides legal protection for both sides in reasonable balance.
For example, it 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.
There is also protection for the publisher in several important areas.
Alternatives to this agreement
This agreement contains provisions that are special to the book and music publishing industry. If your created work is not directly in either of those sectors, you may decide instead to consider a more general copyright licence agreement.
For a comprehensive version of the sale agreement consider an IP rights sale agreement, which deals with rights for multiple forms of republication.
The subjects covered in this agreement include:
- 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
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.
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By Rik Kooyman 28 February 2017
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.
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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.
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