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Music publishing agreement

author/source: Geoff Caesar
(c) Holly Jade O'Leary

An agreement under which a songwriter assigns the copyright in his or her songs (including his or her available back-catalogue) to a publisher for a limited period, in return for which the publisher arranges for the exploitation of the songs (although the agreement does not absolutely oblige it to exploit), collects the income from such licensing and accounts to the writer for an agreed share of that income.

The agreement provides for a minimum commitment from the writer (expressed in terms of the proportion of songs contained on commercially released albums) and runs for an initial term followed by optional extension periods (each with its own minimum commitment).

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