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    Rights/publishing question

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by LordKyleOfEarth, Jun 3, 2009.

    I have recently considered submitting a story to ClonePod.org. They produce an audio show where they read short stories. They buy exclusive audio rights and do not offer a printed media in any form.

    My question is: if I sell them a story, for audio broadcast only, will I then be unable to sell first North American rights to a print publisher?
     
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    Interesting question.

    My guess, and it is only a guess, is that some publishers would consider it pre-published, so you could be cutting off a toe or two if not the entire foot. The story would be under the same copyright protection in both media (it is verbatim the same piece). I would think it would be equivalent to an audiobook in the eyes of a publisher.

    You should probably refer this question to a literary attorney. If you do, let is know what you find out.
     
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    Fair enough, that is sort of what I expected. I'm emailing my creative writing instructor from last semester to see what he thinks.

    The exciting new frontier of electronic media...
     
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    i can only ditto cog's post... good luck with it!

    hugs, maia
     
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    Quoted with permission from my Creative Writing instructor:
     
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    Thanks Kyle. That's about what I figured.
     

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