Book or Music Publishing Agreement

Template: Book or Music Publishing Agreement

Introduction to licence agreement  templates

What Net Lawman says about this template:

"This agreement grants a licence to a publisher to reproduce and sell a written work, and provides a means for the author or composer to exploit commercially the created intellectual property in the work.

The work could be of any size, complexity and for any purpose. For example, it could be a book, memoirs, a short story, a music score, a song, a script, or a book to be converted into a script. It could also be a series of works, such as poems or articles or an album of music.

This contract preserves the originator’s rights to sell the same material in different markets, to other publishers, in other media and territories, and for other uses. It preserves moral rights as the author.

The template could be edited by either side. As is, it provides legal protection for both sides in reasonable balance.

For example, it covers subsidiary rights in detail so that the author may receive different levels of royalty for different areas of marketing. Payment terms are also covered in great detail, so as to make clear exactly what will be paid to the author, how and when.

There is also protection for the publisher in several important areas."


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