Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Rights grabs are not right!

Is it OK for a magazine (or anywhere else) to demand all rights for a story? I don't think it is – this post and this one, explain why. If you'd like to help women's magazine writers stand up for their rights, please leave a comment, share or tweet about this.

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    1. I agree, Alex. We need writers to publicly say that – and inform the magazine they won't write for them under such conditions.

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  2. Hi Patsy = quite agree. It's like stealing ... not good - Hilary

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  3. Very unfair! Decades ago, when I was an unpublished short story writer, I heard about an unusual market for short stories. It was a tire magazine that someone told us about in a writers' club I belonged to at the time. All of us in the club were excited and rushed home to get something off to the mag. However, they were taking all rights. I was so anxious to have my first published short story, I signed away all rights and regret it to this day! They accepted my story and paid me, but I never even saw the story in print. I often think of it like an orphaned child floating around in the world somewhere!

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    1. I'm sure that's how I'd feel about a lost story. Fay.

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  4. NO to any magazine taking all rights. Author should sell First Use and then insist on a reasonable 'Re-use' time allocation, say 3-18 months after which author can sell/use story again.
    Why does a magazine NEED 'all rights' anyway?

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    1. They don't. Current agreements already allow for electronic use and reuse in other magazines the company owns.

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