Author Rights And Editing

Are you hesitant to work with an editor, because you may run into issues around copyright and the boundaries of intellectual property?

As a writer myself, I am keenly aware of the importance of honoring and respecting intellectual property (copyright). When I contribute to a project as an editor, the intellectual rights are understood to remain with the author, and the contract reflects that fact.

The only time this would not be the case is when: the author and the editor both agree to co-author, and sign a contract that spells out how that will work (preferably in great detail in regards to rights, limits, and compensation). There are also unfortunate circumstances where an editor may contest or hold onto copyright due to a breach of contract, like nonpayment for services. In instances like this, the copyright returns to the author once payment is fulfilled according to contract.

It is generally understood, that as an editor, we are being paid to provide expertise, feedback, suggestions, and even some segments of rewritten or original material. That is the job, and it is in service to the author and the overall and ultimate goal(s) of the project.

Wild Clover Editing by Chandra respects and honors the author’s copyright, and that is reflected in the contract. In addition, confidentiality will be maintained for all client content and sharing, and that is also reflected in the contract.

Of course, with publishing, any author is agreeing to give at least one-time or first-time publishing rights to the publisher, but that in no way changes the fact that the content is the intellectual property of the author–as it was the minute they created it.

It is recommended that every author look carefully at contractual terms to make sure that inherent copyright is not being signed away.

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