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Author agreement (licence, fee)

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An author agreement for those publishers who take pay a fee to an author, rather than a royalty, and in return benefit from a licence to publish the work.


This author agreement combines a licence of copyright to the publisher with the payment of a fee by the publisher to the author.

A three versions - basic, standard and premium - require the author to deliver to the publisher a work of the defined description meeting the defined standards. Ancillary clauses cover the provision by the author of third party permissions, artwork, and other content for the book.

The agreement includes a set of warranties protecting the publisher, for example in the case of the author infringing another person's copyright. The warranties may be backed by an indemnity.

There is always a tension between the grant of a (potentially terminable) licence and the payment of a fee. It is more natural to combine a licence with an ongoing royalties obligation, and an assignment with the payment of a one-off fee. You should therefore think carefully before using this form of agreement rather than the licence/royalty or assignment/fee version.

Basic version

  1. Definitions and interpretation
  2. Grant of rights
  3. Delivery and acceptance
  4. Artwork
  5. Permissions
  6. Page proofs
  7. Publishers' responsibilities
  8. Publication
  9. Complimentary copies
  10. Author's undertakings, warranties and indemnity
  11. Fee
  12. Moral rights
  13. Term and termination
  14. Effects of termination
  15. Waiver and remedies
  16. Severance
  17. Variation
  18. Assignment
  19. Further assurance
  20. Third party rights
  21. Entire agreement
  22. Governing law and jurisdiction

Schedule 1 (Specification)

Standard version

  1. Definitions and interpretation
  2. Grant of rights
  3. Delivery and acceptance
  4. Artwork
  5. Index
  6. Permissions
  7. Page proofs
  8. Publishers' responsibilities
  9. Publication
  10. Complimentary copies
  11. Revisions
  12. New editions
  13. Remainders
  14. Author's undertakings, warranties and indemnity
  15. Fee
  16. Copyright Licensing Agency
  17. Intellectual Property Rights
  18. Term and termination
  19. Effects of termination
  20. Notices
  21. Waiver and remedies
  22. Severance
  23. Variation
  24. Assignment
  25. Further assurance
  26. Third party rights
  27. Entire agreement
  28. Governing law and jurisdiction

Schedule 1 (Specification)

Premium version

  1. Definitions and interpretation
  2. Grant of rights
  3. Delivery and acceptance
  4. Artwork
  5. Index
  6. Permissions
  7. Page proofs
  8. Publishers' responsibilities
  9. Publication
  10. Complimentary copies
  11. Marketing
  12. Revisions
  13. New editions
  14. Remainders
  15. Author's undertakings, warranties and indemnity
  16. Fee
  17. Copyright Licensing Agency
  18. Option
  19. Intellectual Property Rights
  20. Infringement actions
  21. Term and termination
  22. Effects of termination
  23. Limitations of liability
  24. Notices
  25. Waiver and remedies
  26. Severance
  27. Costs
  28. Counterparts
  29. No partnership etc
  30. Variation
  31. Assignment
  32. Further assurance
  33. Third party rights
  34. Entire agreement
  35. Alternative dispute resolution
  36. Governing law and jurisdiction

Schedule 1 (Specification)