This week's "short share" is an infographic from Brian Scott and FreelanceWriting.com. It presents common examples of publication rights freelance writers might come across while negotiating contracts.
This is important information to know. I meet new writers all the time who assume that copyrights automatically transfer to clients simply because they've paid for the end result. That isn't the case. Contract language has to be fairly specific for that to happen, meaning you might have retained more rights to your work than you think.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are some great options here to help you intentionally limit the rights you sell to your work so you can take advantage of reprint sales later on.
Credit: Brian Scott, FreelanceWriting.com
If you're a freelance writer, which of these publication rights is incorporated in most of your agreements? Do you offer different publication rights than those listed here? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.