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Permission to Reproduce
Request from publisher to reproduce my content, should I agree?

 3:16 pm on Dec 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

I recently received a request to reproduce screen shots of a program I have. I've asked for a copy of the screen shots and any text that applies to my material.

I've received all the information today. The screen shots show my program and the text talks about how to use it. There is a link to my website where you can download the tool and it all looks good.

I'm ready to give my permission, but the request has me spooked. "for future revisions or editions, derivatives, for sale Worldwide, in all languages, in all media... print run: life"

They also want me to sign the permission slip.

If I sign this - am I giving away rights that I'm not aware of - or am I being overly cautious and instead, should be jumping at the chance to have my work mentioned in a book?

Here is the request:

Dear Shoreline,

XYZ Ltd. would be grateful for permission to reproduce the 12 items listed below in the educational title detailed above. Permission is requested to cover the above title, supporting supplements, for future revisions or editions, derivatives, for sale Worldwide, in all languages, in all media, est. price 19.99, est. extent 462pp, print run: life, with foreign language translations by XYZ Ltd., or its licensees.

A full acknowledgment will of course be made to the source and copyright holder of the material.

[screen shot of my program]

If you can grant permission, we would be grateful if you could please sign a copy of this permission request and return it as soon as possible to [snip]

The request comes from a "Freelance Permissions Editor". New job title to me (and must be a hard job at that :)



 4:03 pm on Dec 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

No - you are good to go. They have to have 'future permission' in order make sure any major revisions are covered. I would think you are in no danger at all.


 11:14 pm on Jan 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Does look like you are in danger, it sounds like a legal cover for them (so you wont sue them)


 6:49 am on Jan 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

No, I agree with Brett. You are very safe then.


 2:18 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

IANAL, but it appears that the revisions spoken of are for their work, not yours. Did they enclose a check?


 2:30 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

You might LIMIT their use of your product to ONLY THAT WHICH THEY CURRENTLY HAVE... and must renegotiate for UPDATES should you update your program.

Else, you've granted them permission to loot your house any time they like. And "for life" is unacceptable in any event as in "whose life is the determinate?"

Get a lawyer before you sign this off.

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