Publication Puzzle

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Thirteen Ball, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Something I've written has finally appeared on a publisher's website for sale at £19.50

    Much as I'm very pleased they like it, and have decided to print it, they've not told me they were publishing it, nor have I signed any sort of agreement.

    Am currently sitting in a corner, very confused.

    What should I do? Am dead chuffed at being published so don't want to get them narked, but don't want to get fleeced either.
  2. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    How did they get it? If you sent it to them, you may have given permission to publish without knowing it.

    If it were me, I would immediately attempt to get some clarification of the exact copyright status of the work, or you could potentially lose your rights to it without compensation.
  3. lewis

    lewis Member

    Just give them a ring, what they'll probably do is take a percentage and send you a cheque every few months or so, depending on how many they sell. I'd be very surprised if they trying to fleece you, you sending them a copy of the music is as good as a contract in their eyes.
  4. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Depends on the publisher and the exact laws of the country. I'm fairly certain that in the US, publishers are free to use unsolicited manuscripts in any way they see fit without compensation unless certain requirements are met when the piece is submitted.

    This is an extremely murky area of copyright law.
  5. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    I was assured, when I submitted the piece, that I'd be sent an agreement to look over, and then sign. I haven't had it yet.

    As I understand it, (which could be wrong) UK law doesn't permit publication without such authorisation as effectively, it means the publisher has stolen the work from the writer.
  6. lewis

    lewis Member

    Then the best thing is to get on the phone. If they try and fob you off then you might need to seek legal advice. Good luck.
  7. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Sounds like it might just be a clerical error, or their webmaster was premature in posting the listing. Like lewis said, give them a call.

    And congratulations on getting published! :tup
  8. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    I had this once, and it was just an error. They had sent me the contract, but it never arrived and they didn't notice that I hadn't returned it. As others have said, give them a ring!
  9. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Cool. Cheers all. I've dropped them an e-mail and will see what happens. Thanks for the advice.

    Oh, and thanks to everyone from this forum who gave my tips on writing and publishing music! Yer all great! :clap:
  10. Anglo Music Press

    Anglo Music Press Well-Known Member

    Is this an original work, or an arrangement of something? Makes a SLIGHT difference to how you should approach them.
  11. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Hi all. Just to let you know it's sorted. They put it on the website a little early, but it's not quite ready for printing yet. (Something to do with me botching the kit percussion part probably!!!)

    They've said they'll send me the forms as soon as it's ready, so (as I thought) it's just me getting all daft and confused cos I've never done this sort of thing before!!

    I am a bass player. It's my job to be confused.... :oops:

    Thanks for the help and advice everyone!


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