Out of Print and Other Contract Terms: The Way Forward

Location: The Society of Authors
Address: The Society of Authors, 24 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4EH 
Event time: 5.30-8pm
How can authors and their representatives, publishers, agents and legislators work together to agree fairer contracts that benefit everyone?

Event details

How can authors and their representatives, publishers, agents and legislators work together to agree fairer contracts that benefit everyone?‚Äč

Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin recently worked through almost 60 years of publishing contracts in the Australian Society of Authors’ archive. She discovered how those contracts can harm author interests, often inadvertently, by taking rights they won’t exploit, while at the same time offering inadequate provision for giving them back when they are no longer needed

Rebecca will discuss her findings with Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the SoA. They will be joined by Jazzmine Breary of Jacaranda Books and Emma D’Cruz of Penguin Random House.

With a particular focus on problems with ‘out of print’ clauses, the panel will discuss how to work together to agree fairer author contracts that benefit everyone, rewarding authors while protecting publishers’ business interests, and how the principles of the SoA’s CREATOR campaign and the recent European Copyright Directive could help.

This free event, co-hosted with the SoA’s London non-fiction group, is ideal for all writers (both fiction and non-fiction), illustrators, translators, publishers, agents and author representatives.


  • 5.30pm – Arrivals & welcome drink
  • 6.00pm – Panel discussion: Prof Rebecca Giblin, Jazzmine Breary (Jacaranda) and Emma D’Cruz (PRH), chaired by Nicola Solomon (SoA)
  • 7.00pm – Q&A
  • 7.30pm – Light refreshments and soft drinks
  • 8.00pm – Close

This is a free event, but registration is essential via Eventbrite. Live streaming will also be available. BOOK NOW

About the speakers

Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin is an ARC Future Fellow. She leads the Author’s Interest Project (authorsinterest.org), investigating how we can reshape copyright law to take authors’ interests more seriously. Upon her return to Australia she will be joining the law faculty at the University of Melbourne where she will be heading up the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia.

Jazzmine Breary at award-winning publisher Jacaranda Books across multiple areas of the business.  She is a passionate advocate for increased inclusion in publishing and speaks regularly on issues of diversity. Jazzmine contributed to the 2015 Writing the Future report and served on the committee of Women in Publishing UK. 

Emma D’Cruz (Penguin Random House) qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and worked for an entertainment firm, where she specialised in music law. Emma later moved to Business Affairs at Decca Records, and joined Random House’s in-house legal team in 2008. After the Penguin Random House Merger in 2013, she became Contracts Director for the whole of Penguin Random House UK.

Nicola Solomon (chair) is Chief Executive of the SoA and helps promote authors' interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, campaigning for authors’ rights and directing funds that help authors buy time to write. Nicola has an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to contract and charity law. She is a solicitor and Deputy District Judge.

Any questions? Email SoA's events manager Sophia Jackson on events@societyofauthors.org