Someone who composes music for a song or writes his texts is co-author (music and texts are protected by copyright) With respect to the rights that accrue to an author after the death of the other author, it was also mentioned that the copyright of the deceased author is passed on to the respective heirs, which is an important reason to determine how you wish to treat these rights in your will. 5. Without the mutual agreement of both parties, there will be no reciprocal costs for which we are all responsible. As has already been said, two or more contributors, considered co-authors, share all labour income. An exception would be that they signed an agreement upstream allowing one of the authors to act on behalf of the others, but that would be a rare situation. 4. It is clear that we do not intend to form this agreement and that this agreement should not be interpreted as a lasting partnership between us. The provisions of this agreement are co-extensive with the life of (book working title). Copyright provides that an author is the one who creates a work of authorship and is, at least in the first place, the sole owner of the work. Although the author may initially have sole ownership of the work, there are many methods that allow the publisher to obtain property rights over the author`s creative efforts. Two of the most used are the “work for hire” doctrine – the publishing house will own the copyright and “all” the rights to creative work – and by an “assignment” of the copyright of the author to the publishing house – the author expressly grants the publishing house “all or a few” rights to the work. If more than one person is involved in the author`s process, the identity of the authors and the “rights and duties” of the authors may not be as obvious.
The doctrine of the “common author” implies a “division” of rights, although it is, hopefully, particularly when the publishing house is co-author, a deliberate division of rights and not an involuntary loss of the copyright publisher`s complete property. The Copyright Act provides for common paternity when a work is made by more than one author “with the intention of bringing their contributions together into inseparable or interdependent parts of a single set.” Where there is a common paternity, the authors of the “common work” are recognized as co-owners of the copyright of that work. Co-author and cooperation are commonplace in the publishing industry. Examples of co-authors and collaborations may be a co-author, illustrator, ghost writer, book packer or work containing copyrighted materials owned by another author or artist.