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Copyright license terms for self-publishing

This conversation between Bing Copilot and Anna will discuss copyright license terms for self-publishing.

What Bing Copilot Says about copyright license terms

Q: What types of terms are available in copyright licensing?

There are several types of terms that can be included in a copyright license. Here are some of the most common ones:

  1. Permitted uses: This term specifies the ways in which the licensee is allowed to use the copyrighted material. For example, the license may permit the licensee to reproduce, distribute, or display the material.
  2. Duration: This term specifies the length of time that the license is valid. It may be a fixed period of time or it may be indefinite.
  3. Geographical area: This term specifies the geographic region in which the licensee is allowed to use the copyrighted material. For example, the license may permit use only within a certain country or region.
  4. Exclusive or non-exclusive: This term specifies whether the licensee has exclusive rights to use the copyrighted material or whether others may also use it.
  5. Royalties: This term specifies the amount of money that the licensee must pay to the copyright owner for the use of the copyrighted material.
  6. Termination: This term specifies the conditions under which the license may be terminated. For example, the license may be terminated if the licensee breaches any of the terms of the agreement.
  7. Indemnification: This term specifies who is responsible for any legal claims that arise from the use of the copyrighted material. For example, the licensee may be required to indemnify the copyright owner against any claims that arise from the use of the material.

It is important to carefully review the terms of a copyright license before agreeing to it. If you have any questions or concerns about the terms of a license, you should consult with an attorney or other legal professional ¹²³.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 12/12/2023
(1) About CC Licenses – Creative Commons. https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/cclicenses/.
(2) Copyright licensing | Australian Libraries and Archives Copyright Coalition. https://alacc.org.au/copyright-licensing/.
(3) Licences & Permission – Copyright Agency. https://www.copyright.com.au/licences-permission/.

What Anna Says:

An example copyright license terms that I granted for one of my commissioned written stories is below. Both parties signed and dated this.

COPYRIGHT-OWNER retains copyright over the commissioned work. LICENSEE has a royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, non-transferable license to use the work in the form of its final wording, for any material produced by LICENSEE.

Note that I didn’t specify this license as exclusive, meaning that it’s non-exclusive. Leaving out a term in the copyright license terms can have negative or positive effects. Fortunately, this was what I was intending.

Here is an example copyright license terms that I have successfully negotiated with a cover designer for one of my books covers. Note that I am making it non-exclusive, so the copyright holder can continue to use all or part of the cover design.

COPYRIGHT-OWNER grants LICENSEE a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, adapt, modify, and distribute the cover design for BOOK.

If you don’t understand the terms presented to you, you can ask Bing Copilot, An example is below.

What Bing Copilot Says

Q: What does worldwide mean as a copyright license term?

A worldwide license refers to a licensing transaction where multiple agreements may have been made with a third party or a third party affiliates in countries (but not limited to) in the European market and North America ¹.

In a copyright license, the geographical scope specifies the geographic region in which the licensee is allowed to use the copyrighted material. A worldwide license allows the licensee to use the copyrighted material anywhere in the world ¹.

I hope this helps!

Source: Conversation with Bing, 12/12/2023
(1) What Do the Terms Mean in My Intellectual Property License, and Does it …. https://www.lipplawfirm.com/intellectual-property-license-terms/.
(2) About CC Licenses – Creative Commons. https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/cclicenses/.
(3) Published By Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center. https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/faqs/copyright-protection/.

What Anna Says

This is a pretty clear explanation to me. Also check the sources are reputable or come from Australia in particular.

Note: I am not a lawyer, nor is Bing Copilot. It is important to seek legal advice when you still don’t understand the terms.

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