Friday, May 17, 2013

To sign or not to sign

Most of you have more than likely seen or heard about the new DC Thompson contract which is asking for a lot more rights for no extra payment. If you believe this contract is unfair to writers then please join our silent, peaceful protest. From now until the end of July we will not be signing the contract or sending any fiction stories to My Weekly, The Weekly News or People’s Friend.

Please note that this action isn’t trying to convince writers not to sign the contract, whether they sign or not is up to them, this is just about sending a message to DC Thompson that writers deserve better. The more writers that take this stand hopefully the more impact it will have.


  1. I'm with you on this, but I suspect DC Thompson is banking on the fact that there is an extraordinary number of writers itching to get work published, no matter what they have to sign. Strange times.

  2. Glynis Scrivens19 May, 2013 02:06

    When I read different interpretations of the terms of the contract, I'm left wondering. Surely it could be simplified? If the reality is that DCT simply wants to be able to put out a digital version and printed one of an unpublished story, and then reuse these, why is the contract so longwinded? What exactly is it worth here to retain copyright?