BFI authors’ rights

Phase One of the BFI’s plan outlined by Amanda Nevill is due to be completed within six months. The initial consultation period will finish on 22 June 2007. If, as seems likely, the plan to dispose of BFI Publishing then moves ahead, BFI authors will no doubt be approached about assigning their rights to another publishing house.

If you are a BFI author with a recent standard contract, it should include a clause on ASSIGNMENT stating that: ‘Neither party shall assign the rights or obligations set out in this agreement in whole or in part without the written consent of the other party’.

Whatever type of contract you have, it’s advisable for all BFI authors to obtain expert advice about the implications of any assignation proposals, and to take steps to protect their rights. The Society of Authors ( provides legal and other advice to members.

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