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Thread: Life of Copyright

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Jul 2008

    Life of Copyright

    Does anyone have experience with publishers wanting the rights for the life of the copyright?

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    Writer Beware Goddess Absolute Sage victoriastrauss's Avatar
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    Feb 2005
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    Life-of-copyright contracts are standard in the commercial publishing biz. They're only a problem if they're not balanced by a good out-of-print/rights reversion clause, stating specifically when and how a work will go out of print (ideally, this should be tied to minimum sales figures) and how the author can regain his or her rights.

    That said, life-of-copyright isn't always appropriate for smaller, digitally-based publishers. A limited term--three years, for instance--is preferable.

    - Victoria


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