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Selling rights

Selling rights

Owen, Lynette, 1947-

Lynette Owen discusses the changes in the publishing industry, UK and European law revisions, extension of copyright duration within the EC, the collapse of the NBA and the implications of the restoration of copyright in the USA

Paperback, Book. English.
6th ed.
Published London: Routledge, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Lynette Owen
ISBN: 0415496926, 9780415496926
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Previous ed.: 2006.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: xi, 426 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Law.; Copyright; Copyright licenses Great Britain.; Great Britain; Contracts Great Britain.; Authors and publishers Great Britain.; Contracts


  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgements and further reading
  3. Useful names and addresses
  4. 1 Rights: the historical and legal background
  5. 2 The publishing contract: who should control the rights?
  6. 3 An expanding range of possibilities
  7. 4 The rationale behind rights sales
  8. 5 Selling rights: who and how?
  9. 6 Tackling the task: essentials
  10. 7 Rights selling: a range of methods
  11. 8 Book fairs and sales trips: preparation, survival and follow-up
  12. 9 English-language territorial rights
  13. 10 Book club rights
  14. 11 Paperback rights
  15. 12 Low-price reprint rights
  16. 13 Other reprint rights
  17. 14 Serial rights and one-shot periodical rights
  18. 15 Digest and condensation rights
  19. 16 Translation rights
  20. 17 Anthology and quotation rights
  21. 18 Rights for the visually impaired
  22. 19 Single-voice readings
  23. 20 Single-voice recording and video recording rights
  24. 21 Dramatization and documentary rights: stage, radio, television and film rights
  25. 22 Merchandising rights
  26. 23 Reprographic and electronic reproduction rights
  27. 24 Electronic and multimedia rights
  28. 25 Supply of duplicate production material
  29. Index

Author note

Lynette Owenis Copyright Director of Pearson Education Ltd. She is the general Editor of, and a contributor to, Clark's Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents(7th edition, 2007) and is the author of a number of practical handbooks on copyright and licensing for publishers in transitional and developing countries in central and eastern Europe and Asia. She regularly lectures on training courses both in the United Kingdom and abroad.


'I have previously described Selling Rightsas an indispensable, one-stop reference work for everybody working in rights. It remains that, but also has a wider purpose in raising issues for discussion and reflection about copyright, the exploitation of rights and possible future developments.Selling Rightsis not just for rights staff in publishing, it is for all in publishing who want to know about rights' -The Bookseller

'Selling Rightsfulfils many invaluable functions - it is essential bookshelf ready-reference, and a useful companion when handling tricky or unfamiliar rights is an ideal desk-companion for experienced rights practitioners and beginners alike' -Publishing News

'In Selling Rightsthe publishing industry has happily found its total book with which to unravel the new challenges ahead' -Learned Publishing

'Selling Rightshas firmly cemented its position as the key reference work for the publishing industry and has responded elegantly to these digital times' -Learned Publishing

'This is a standard work which all publishers should have on their shelves.  It is also a worthwhile buy for serious authors especially those seeking to make publishing a career, as it will make talking to publishers/agents much easier'-Logos

'All aspects of rights selling are covered, starting with the clearest definition of copyright I've ever seen, through to the intricacies of the fast-moving, and often confusing, world of digital rights' -  Carole Blake,

'the sixth edition of Selling Rightsretains its position as an indispensable work of reference for anyone working with rights and contracts in the publishing industry'- Entertainment Law Review

'This is not a book just for rights people. All publishing managers need to have access to it'- The Publishers Association

'Selling Rightsis an absolutely essential overview for all those involved in the licensing side of publishing, whether legally qualified or not. Non-lawyers might want to skip the discussions of finer points of the law and head straight for the more juicy morsels of practical advice, but lawyers will rather enjoy the competent analysis provided.' - European Intellectual Property Review