Signing away your copyright

FBSR means that the purchaser has the right to publish the manuscript once only in Britain. The same applies to first foreign rights but you can also sell second, third etc. rights. Broadcasting, film and, with the growth of the use of the Internet, electronic rights are also in demand.

The more times you sell a manuscript, the more complicated the copyright process becomes but think very carefully before agreeing to sell your work on an 'All rights for all purposes' basis as you will be signing away all ownership of your manuscript.

Copyright is a complex and specialised field and if you are at all concerned about the rights you are being asked to sell, you should consult an expert.

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