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Re: university press rights assignment

I agree with Karl's point. However understand that any revenues, for the publisher, directly attributable to your work in an electronic form will be so minimal that they would probably opt to drop/not include your work in whatever electronic package they are putting together. See Tassini effect. Your decision is probably best based on the prospective advantages of having the work disseminated more widely, and enhancing future publishing activity.

Dick Gottlieb
Grey House Publishing

----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Bridges" <Karl.Bridges@uvm.edu>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>; <"James J. O'Donnell"@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 8:57 PM
Subject: Re: university press rights assignment

It's nice that they ask, but I can't see that you're obligated to
go along.  You might note that there is no suggestion of any
additional fees or royalties.  Before you agree to this let me
ask you -- would you have written the book originally for free?

Bottom line, the publisher signed a contract with you and that
existing contract is binding.  It's unfortunate, for them, that
they didn't anticipate electronic publishing, but that's hardly
your problem.  Professional writers get paid. End of story.

Karl Bridges
University of Vermont