Keep your rights

May 17, 2018

Keith Taber (Letters, 3 May) is absolutely right that authors should refuse to waive their moral rights if a publisher asks. The standard legal text on author/publisher contracts, Clark’s Publishing Agreements, offers clauses whereby authors assert and retain their moral rights, and never suggests that there should be clauses requiring waiver of such rights. The publisher with which Taber has been dealing is ignoring best practice and advice on the matter.

Charles Oppenheim
Visiting professor at several UK universities

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