An article by Lorraine Mace
For many writers, and not just newcomers to the world of freelancing, it is hard to understand exactly what we are signing away when we accept a contract. Can we sell the same piece of work again? If yes, where and how often can it be sold? If no, why not, and have we been paid fairly for losing out on all the other rights we could have offered elsewhere? The following sections should help clarify exactly what is meant by each Right offered, because, as writers, we need to make sure we are Getting it Right.
Read about Serial Rights, First Rights, Second Serial Rights, All Rights, Subsidiary Rights, Electronic Rights, Exclusive Rights and more in the next issue of Words with JAM (due out January 2010).