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Do I own the rights to my book or do you, the publisher?
Who owns the film, television, theater and other media rights to my manuscript?
Does my contract renew automatically?
When I originally published my book with iUniverse I didn't publish it in e-book format. Can I publish it as an e-book elsewhere?
Do I have the right to reprint the cover of my book for my advertising campaigns?
When others would like to print my cover or the graphics in my book do they need permission?
What happens if I want to cancel my contract with iUniverse?
Do I own rights to cover of my book?
When I publish through iUniverse, have I purchased the rights to cover images?
Who owns the printable files?


Do I own the rights to my book or do you, the publisher?

The author retains the rights to all of his or her book. By utilizing iUniverse's services you are simply granting us a non-exclusive license to publish and distribute the work for you.

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Who owns the film, television, theater and other media rights to my manuscript?

With iUniverse, the author retains all rights to a book. This includes the film, television, theater and other media rights.

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Does my contract renew automatically?

Yes. The license will automatically renew if neither party (iUniverse or the author) gives at least 30 days advance written notice specifying the date of termination.

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When I originally published my book with iUniverse, I didn't publish it in e-book format. Can I publish it as an e-book elsewhere?

Yes, you can produce your own e-book if it is not currently published with iUniverse.

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Do I have the right to reprint the cover of my book for my advertising campaigns?

iUniverse encourages authors to market their book aggressively. You do not need to seek the publisher's permission to use the cover in your advertising.

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When others would like to print my cover or the graphics in my book do they need my permission?

Generally speaking, others should ask you, the copyright holder, for permission to reproduce the material. You may grant this permission at your discretion.

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What happens if I want to cancel my contract with iUniverse?

The author has the right to cancel the contract at anytime with a 30-day advance written notice to the publisher. If the author chooses to cancel, all rights to the work will revert to the author at the end of the 30-day period. You shall remain liable for payment of the balance of any payments due pursuant to any outstanding unpaid service orders.

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Do I own the rights to the cover of my book?

If iUniverse creates the cover based on your suggestions or a "mock-up," then iUniverse owns the rights to the cover. If you've submitted a piece of cover art and have iUniverse finish out the cover, you retain the rights to the art you've submitted, but iUniverse retains the rights to the completed cover. If you've submitted a completed cover, you retain the rights to that cover.

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When I publish through iUniverse, have I purchased the rights to the cover images?

When you request iUniverse to design a book cover for you, we use multiple techniques to achieve the effect that will be just right for your book. If images are not provided by you, the author, then we often use royalty-free images.

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Who owns the printable files?

iUniverse owns the original printable files for the book, and we do not distribute them.

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