Sunday, 7 February 2010
This is one offer I CAN refuse...
Do you think this as out of order as I do?
Harper Collins has got together with UKTV to run a competition for crime writers:
Submit a short crime story between 2000 and 5000 words that starts with the following first line: “In my experience, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it.”
So far, interesting. I read on, until I got to this paragraph:
Where you submit your entry to this site...by such submission you grant UKTV and HarperCollins Publishers Limited each a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce and publish, distribute and make available to the public your entry in any media, now known or later developed, for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content.
If you do not wish to grant such rights to UKTV and HarperCollins, you should not submit your content to the site.
My jaw dropped. So, even if you don't win, by virtue of entering it into this competition, you have lost control of your short story. And if they want to, Harper Collins or UKTV can publish your story, turn it into a film, make it the basis for a TV series, use your ideas or characters, all without paying you a penny. You no longer have any rights in it at all. Further on it says:
For the avoidance of doubt, subject to the licence granted above to UKTV and HarperCollins Limited, you shall retain ownership of the copyright in your entry.
Not quite sure what good that would do you. I'm going to pass.
Posted by Lexi at Sunday, February 07, 2010