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publishers' contracts
  • Do ALL publishers now demand you sign away your rights to work for the copyright term i.e. 70 years after your death. I've come across this twice recently - one with a small regional publisher, but the second with one of the major publishers?
  • CarolCarol
    No they don't.

    Normal publishing contracts you are giving the publisher the right to produce your book for x amount of time, NOT surrender your copyright.
    If it's a print book (not sure re e-books) there will also be a clause on reversion rights.

    DO NOT TOUCH THOSE WHO DEMAND YOUR COPYRIGHT IN PERPETUITY.

    Thanked by 1ana s
  • I agree with Carol - don't give up your copyright.
  • Carol's right, Don't sign a contract that says that. All of my contracts are for a set amount of years and I usually have clauses saying that if the publishers go out of business that I get my copyright returned right away.

    I also had one publisher sneakily trying to assign the copyright to himself in the book:)
  • That's outrageous, Elise - don't do it!