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brainstorm77
05-15-2010, 06:15 PM
If it normal for the author to pay for the copyright? I noticed this on a couple of publishers sites.

willietheshakes
05-15-2010, 06:19 PM
No. Not in the slightest.

brainstorm77
05-15-2010, 06:21 PM
No. Not in the slightest.

Thanks.

Jamesaritchie
05-15-2010, 07:22 PM
If it normal for the author to pay for the copyright? I noticed this on a couple of publishers sites.

You can't pay for copyright. You own the copyright as soon as you write something. But you can register the copyright you already own.

A publisher that makes you register the copyright is, at best, a fly by night operation.

brainstorm77
05-15-2010, 07:23 PM
You can't pay for copyright. You own the copyright as soon as you write something. But you can register the copyright you already own.

A publisher that makes you register the copyright is, at best, a fly by night operation.

You knew what I meant. As for fly by night, I know of two e presses who are successful who have this in their contracts. They are not fly by night.

Soccer Mom
05-15-2010, 08:56 PM
It is very normal in ebooks. Naturally, all fly-by-nights would expect the author to do this, but it is accepted practice in ebooks.

brainstorm77
05-15-2010, 09:03 PM
It is very normal in ebooks. Naturally, all fly-by-nights would expect the author to do this, but it is accepted practice in ebooks.

Thanks. That's just what I wanted to know :)

scarletpeaches
05-15-2010, 09:09 PM
There's a registration clause in my contract and it was never put to use. Maybe 'cause I'm overseas, I don't know. I don't know anyone at my publisher who's ever had to worry about this.

Jamesaritchie
05-16-2010, 10:16 PM
It is very normal in ebooks. Naturally, all fly-by-nights would expect the author to do this, but it is accepted practice in ebooks.

Depends on who publishes the e-book. If you have to pay this, it's a fly by night, crappy deal, no matter where or how the book is published.

Soccer Mom
05-16-2010, 10:43 PM
_not worth the snark. nevermind._

donroc
05-16-2010, 10:46 PM
Not in my expeience.

MJ Goodnow
05-17-2010, 10:09 AM
Publishers usually pay everything and you for producing the book. If you find anything on a publishers site that says pay for this or something-run.

shaldna
05-17-2010, 12:54 PM
I've never heard this before to be honest.

brainstorm77
05-17-2010, 07:41 PM
After doing my own research, it is common with some e book pubs as Soccer Mom stated.

veinglory
05-17-2010, 07:46 PM
It is very normal in ebooks. Naturally, all fly-by-nights would expect the author to do this, but it is accepted practice in ebooks.

It is normal for epublishers not to pay to register copyright, but I would avoid one that mandated that the author must register copyright themself. The contract should IMHO permit the author (who may well not be American) to not register copyright at all.

Soccer Mom
05-17-2010, 08:45 PM
It is normal for epublishers not to pay to register copyright, but I would avoid one that mandated that the author must register copyright themself. The contract should IMHO permit the author (who may well not be American) to not register copyright at all.

Agreed. It shouldn't be a mandate.