| Commentary

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| Commentary

R: PUBLISHING AGREEMENTS

1: GENERAL

212 Introduction

There are no special rules governing publishing agreements, and so they will be construed according to the law relating to other forms of personal or moveable property. However, if the agreement is to contain an assignment of the copyright or a grant of an exclusive licence to the publisher, then it must be in writing1. A non-exclusive licence may be oral or even implied by conduct from the circumstances of the case. For example, if a person writes a letter to the editor of a newspaper, there is an implied licence to publish the letter.

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