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Question on my first library-contract...

Post by TheANomalyInBlack » Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:44 am

Hi!

I got a contract proposal from a music library. There are some issues with it a find odd.
One paragraph in the contract says:
"Without limitation [Library] shall have the exclusive right to and authorise others to produce, alter, edit, couple, re couple and repackage the Masters and to make orchestral and other arrangements and adaptations of The Works, to procure any new or translated lyrics or titles, and to publish sell or use The Works and to authorise others to do so in the Territory, either with or without any such arrangement adaptation new lyric or translation. The copyright in all such new matter shall be the property of [Library]."

Is that common?
If I understand that paragraph it gives them the right to just produce a new version and then I just stand there with my "Writers share" and loose my 50% of the royalties...

I haven't found anywhere in the contract (8 pages) about how long the contract lasts or how either party can end it.
Shouldn't that be in a "standard" contract ?

Thanks for all help I can get!

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Post by hummingbird » Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:54 pm

It almost sounds like a work for hire. If it is exclusive and you are getting paid up front, perhaps it's something to consider. However, I'd probably run it by an entertainment lawyer to be sure you understand what you are signing.
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Re: Question on my first library-contract...

Post by Kolstad » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:48 am

Doesn't sound like normal wording, at least not if you want to keep your rights. It sounds like a buyout deal.

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Re: Question on my first library-contract...

Post by TheANomalyInBlack » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:41 am

Thank You all for Your replies!

I will probably contact a lawyer, just to be sure

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