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.

8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

All rights? No, that's not right.

Patsy said...

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

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Fay Knowles said...

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 Decades ago, when I was an unpublished short story writer, I heard about an unusual market for short stories.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!

Patsy said...

To me it feels like kidnapping.

Patsy said...

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

Celia said...

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?

Patsy said...

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