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    do they own it

    Discussion in 'Publisher Discussion' started by wardell, Apr 1, 2015.

    if I get a short story published in a magazine do they own my characters and could I still use them in a book I'm writing
     
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    If you get it published, they should send you an easy-to-read legal document. Most likely, they won't even own your short story; they'll only have temporary publishing rights to it. You can have it published in several magazines, as long as none of them insist on "first rights".
     
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    Yes they do own it if they are paying for it. If you want them to give temporary rights, you need to discuss this prior to publishing.
     
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    Paying for it doesn't transfer copyright ownership. They won't own the characters or the copyright in the story unless there is a written agreement that says they do. If there is, pick another market because that's not normal.
     
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    Steerpike is correct. Simply publishing a story does not give the publisher rights TO the story. If there is no agreement to the contrary, then the rights are held by the author.
     

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