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Here's the compilation of answers I received from my question: When you send an article to a paper or association for their consideration to print, what sort of "legalistic" language do you use to give them the rights to print it just once.
-- Joan Price
I'm a professional writer. Put at the top of the article "First North American serial print rights" if you're offering the magazine the first publication of this article. If you're sending it to many publications, or if it's been published before, put "One time serial print rights only."
Watch out for any contracts they may send you -- many publications are trying to grab "all rights," and you absolutely don't want to grant this or they'll own your article instead of you.
-- Sharon Adcock
All you have to do is the following Copyright (year) (your name) Name of Magazine - First Time Publishing Rights at the top of the article when you submit it.
-- Rebecca Morgan
The language is that you are granting them "one-time North American serial rights." Pretty common language in publishing.
-- John Connor
"First North American Serial Rights" is a term used meaning a publication in North America can use it once only. Of course, the magazine may want First World Rights, but that's okay too. Smaller publications and newsletters might not be familiar with this term, so you could just say, "This agreement is for one-time publishing rights, after which all rights revert to the author" or something like that.
-- Dana Cassell
Simply state that you are offering "one time print rights" -- that gives them the right to print it one time, but not use it on their website or reprint it elsewhere. You might also say somewhere in your cover letter that you are willing to discuss leasing (or bartering) other rights usage if their need arises. Because you never know what will be helpful to you (or profitable) down the road.
-- David Kohn
The language you're looking for is "First North American Serial Rights." The publication gets to be the first one in North America to publish the article, but after it's published, you've retained all other rights.
I've been in the writing business for more than 20 years and have had my article work published more than 2,000 times. I also have a book coming out next week. I do co-authoring, ghostwriting and editing of books, articles and columns.
-- Richard Armstrong
Write at the top of the page "First North American Serial Rights Only" ... this gives the publication the right to be the first to publish your article, after that all rights revert to you.
-- David Kinard
It is a general rule in the trade publication industry to retain copyright of the distributed piece. Once you publish an article in a magazine, although you are the author, you have given up your right to reprint the article in another magazine without the first magazine's permission. Plus, most magazines will not reprint an article that has already been printed in another mag. You can propose your articles to publishers with a variety of "rights". I encourage you to go to your public library and read through their latest edition of the Writers Market. It has all this information in it plus much more!
-- Joan Price
Here's a response to David's comment from Joan Price. It contains some great comments.
He's confused. You only give up your right to reprint the article IF you sign that right away. Yes, many publications want you to do exactly that. And if you refuse to sign an "all rights" or "work made for hire" (which comes to the same thing -- they own the article) contract, you may not get published in that magazine. But you absolutely don't want to sign away all your rights, especially if you're not a prolific writer. Always clarify ahead what rights you're leasing. If you print it at the top of your article and refuse to sign something different, you haven't sold those rights. Also put your copyright symbol at the top of the article you submit.
He is right that most publications WANT all rights. But it takes two to make that happen.
As far as reprinting your article, it depends on the publication. Some small publications are happy to print reprints. Larger ones, or competing publications, are not.
Check out http://www.asja.org/new/pubtips/pubtips.php for a whole lot more information about copyrights and rights.
-- Ron Kaufman
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