This Sub-Publishing Agreement allows a subpublisher to exclusively act on a publisher’s
behalf in certain territories. Working with a subpublisher will allow the publisher to
collect its fair share of royalties in various territories. This Agreement can be
customized to specify the territory covered, the royalty rates, copyright notices, and the
length of the agreement. This Agreement can be used by small businesses or other
entities that operate as publishers and want to obtain or grant publishing rights.
This AGREEMENT is made _______________ [Instructions: insert date] between
_______________ [Instructions: insert name of Proprietor], a _______________
[Instructions: insert state] corporation, with offices at _______________ [Instructions: insert
address], (hereinafter "Proprietor"), and _______________ [Instructions: insert name of Sub-
publisher], a _______________ [Instructions: insert state]corporation, with offices at
_______________ [Instructions: insert address], (hereinafter "Sub-publisher"). In
consideration of the covenants, promises, and representations hereinafter made, the parties agree
1. Representations by Proprietor. The Proprietor represents that it owns or controls all
copyrights and other proprietary interests in and to the work entitled "_______________"
[Instructions: insert name of work] (hereinafter "Work"), free and clear of all claims and
encumbrances, for a term of _______________ [Instructions: insert term].
2. Grant of Rights. The Proprietor hereby transfers and assigns to the Sub-publisher for the
territory of _______________ [Instructions: insert description of territory] (hereinafter
"Territory"), the following rights in and to the Work:
A. The exclusive right to print, publish, vend and cause to be printed copies of the
Work in the Territory.
B. The exclusive rights of public performance and licensing such rights for the
C. The exclusive right to grant non-exclusive licenses for reproductions and to collect
all royalties and fees payable on sales and rentals within the Territory.
D. The non-exclusive right to grant nonexclusive licenses for the synchronization,
recording, and use of the Work in and with motion pictures, television productions,
commercials and all similar audio visual devices produced in the Territory to make
copies of such recordings thereof, and to export the same to all countries of the
world, and to collect the license fees therefor.
E. The rights to make or have made new adaptations and arrangements of the Work
and otherwise to change the Work in order to make it suitable and proper for any of
the authorized uses in the Territory.
F. _______________ [Instructions: insert any additional rights that are to be
granted to the Sub-publisher]
[Comment: user should edit the preceding language to reflect the agreement of the parties]
3. Reservation of rights. Unless otherwise provided elsewhere, the Proprietor reserves the
A. All rights in and to the worldwide copyrights in and to the Work in all countries of
the world, and all rights existing under such copyrights other than as specifically
granted herein to the Sub-publisher.
B. The exclusive right to grant licenses for the Work in and with productions produced
outside of the Territory,
C. _______________ [Instructions: user should insert any additional rights that
are to be retained by the Proprietor]
D. Any and all other rights not herein specifically granted to the Sub-publisher.
4. Free copies. The Proprietor shall provide promptly to the Sub-publisher, without charge,
_______________ [Instructions: insert description of free materials, if applicable]. The
Sub-publisher shall provide promptly to the Proprietor, without charge, _______________
[Instructions: insert description of free materials, if applicable].
5. Copyright notice. The Sub-publisher shall cause to be inserted on the_______________
[Instructions: insert location for copyright] of each copy of the Work published by it or its
licensees the following notice:
"Copyright © _______________ [Instructions: insert year and copyright owner]
All rights reserved.”
The Sub-publisher shall be liable to the Proprietor and all other parties in interest should
copyright protection of the Work be lost or impaired solely as a result of the Sub-publisher's
failure to comply with this Paragraph.
6. Term. The term of this Agreement is for a period of _______________ [Instructions: insert
duration of Agreement] years from the date hereof. In the event that Sub-publisher is
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