Assignment and Licensure of Rights
Because we recognize that some authors are prudently wary about publisher “rights grabs,” we individually negotiate specific intellectual-property terms as part of our standard contracting package for long-form works. In general, we request only an exclusive license to publish the work in paper, e-book and audio book form while the work remains an active part of our catalog. The length of the catalog term is explicitly identified in our contract; we do not execute open-ended contracts. We only request English-language rights for those territories where our wholesale distribution partners maintain an active business presence. We never request rights we don’t need, such as film rights or foreign-language rights.
Our contracts for anthologies and the journal function similarly, but are not subject to negotiation, given our need to operate under a single rights regime for a given product. These contracts may include a perpetual, non-exclusive license to republish after the exclusive window concludes.
You must be able to license the copyrighted work to us as specified in the contract, or demonstrate that you’ve appropriately licensed works that are a part of your own. We will not license rights from others on your behalf.
Caffeinated Press does not request or support the transfer of copyright from the author to the press. The author always owns the copyright to his or her work, and when Caffeinated Press registers the copyright of a long-form book, we do so in the name of the author.