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Selling Rights

8th Edition

By Lynette Owen


528 pages

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Selling Rights has firmly established itself as the leading guide to all aspects of rights sales and co-publications throughout the world. The eighth edition is substantially updated to illustrate the changes in rights in relation to new technologies and legal developments in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

This fully revised and updated edition includes:

• coverage of the full range of potential rights from English-language territorial rights through to serial rights, permissions, rights for the reading impaired, translation rights, dramatization and documentary rights, electronic and multimedia rights

• more detailed coverage of Open Access

• the aftermath of recent reviews and revisions to copyright in the UK and elsewhere

• updated coverage of book fairs

• a major update of the chapter on audio rights

• an updated chapter on collective licensing via Reproduction Rights Organizations

• the impact of new electronic hardware (e-readers, tablets, smartphones) – the distinction between sales and licences

• the rights implications of acquisitions, mergers and disposals

• updates on serial rights

• new appendices listing countries belonging to the international copyright conventions and absentee countries

Selling Rights is an essential reference tool and an accessible and illuminating guide to current and future issues for rights professionals and students of publishing.


Praise for the seventh edition:

The combination of a clear, detailed technical approach together with helpful practical advice makes this book indispensable to everyone working in or interested in the field of rights, be they a publishing student, someone at the start of a career in rights or a seasoned professional. Elegantly written, practical, definitive - I have found each edition of Selling Rights to be essential reading.

- Andrea Joyce for BookBrunch

Selling Rights remains the bible for UK rights practitioners. Even those who have well-thumbed copies of every previous edition on their shelf will find much of interest and plent of Owen's straightforward and practical advice.

- Clare Hodder for Logos

For young publishers and anyone interested in the publishing industry as it undergoes a rapid period of transformation, [Selling Rights] can be read for information from cover to cover, giving great pleasure, like a history book or a novel … Do you want to know what Mark Twain thought about copyright? Bone up on the Google Library Project? Discover the terms of the NESLi licence? Pinpoint your exact rights as a co-edition publisher? This is the book for you.

- Linda Bennett for The Publishers Association

This book offers comprehensive guidance on all aspects of rights and licensing, from what might be considered the traditonal … through to digital licensing of content … There is simply no other book on the market that deals with the subject in so detailed a way … Lynette Owen's Selling Rights continues to be the definitive reference for all those involved in the licensing of copyrights, in whatever type and format the potential licensee requires.

- Sue Mattingley for Learned Publishing

Table of Contents

  1. Rights: the historical and legal background
  2. The publishing contract: who should control the rights?
  3. An expanding range of possibilities
  4. The rationale behind rights sales
  5. Selling rights: who and how?
  6. Tackling the task; essentials
  7. Rights selling: a range of methods
  8. Book fairs and sales trips: preparation, survival and follow-up
  9. English-language territorial rights: coeditions and licences
  10. Book club rights
  11. Paperback rights
  12. Low-price reprint rights
  13. Other reprint rights
  14. Serial rights and one-shot periodical rights
  15. Digest and condensation rights
  16. Translation rights: coeditions and licences
  17. Anthology and quotation rights
  18. Rights for the reading-impaired
  19. Non-dramatized reading rights
  20. Audio recording and video recording rights
  21. Dramatization and documentary rights; stage, radio, television and film rights
  22. Merchandising rights
  23. Collective licensing
  24. The internet and publishing
  25. Electronic publishing and digital licensing
  26. Supply of duplicate production material to licensees

About the Author

Lynette Owen OBE is a freelance specialist in copyright, rights and licensing issues and a consultant on the promotion and sale of rights in print and digital environments. She is the General Editor of, and a contributor to, Clark’s Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents (10th edition, 2017). She was previously Copyright Director of Pearson Education and has also worked for Cambridge University Press, Pitman Publishing and Marshall Cavendish. She has chaired the Publishers Association Rights Group and is also a member of the International Publishers Association Copyright Committee.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies