[LINK] Copyright question
Auer, Karl James
Wed, 11 Sep 2002 16:45:38 +0200
> jan wrote
> 'Anyone try to negotiate a shared copyright condition in a contract
> lately? It ain't easy, even if you are the one who developed
> the material in the first place. Even the ABC is requiring a full
Funny how simple the answer is, but like all simple answers, it's hard to implement. It's this: Creators of works don't sell or give away their copyright except on their terms.
Publishers need content; they are even prepared to pay for it. But that they then own that content, exclusively and in perpetuity, is a condition that no content creator has to accept. Far better is a limited reproduction right, renegotiable at agreed intervals and preferably non-exclusive.
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