Rhyming with Permissions

Rhyming with Permissions

Here’s a rhyme about Permissions,
They’re boring and tedious and come with conditions,
So here is a list of what to do,
(Lucky for you, I made it rhyme too)
First you get that dreaded letter;
“Dear Sir or madam, Can I use this uh err…
Poem, I think, from Glimpses of Glory,
I want to use it in my children’s story”
You check Bradbury Phillips, that wonderful thing,
To see the title’s contractual thing,
Number – that’s it – then look it up,
You better be wary of harsh paper cuts!
Ok, fine we own the rights,
But this Mr. Smith is rather facts-light,
So you hum and you haw and put it off,
And one month later you’ve had enough,
And you have to write (without much pleasure)
A response to this stupid Permissions letter;
“Dear Mr. Smith, I cannot process this request,
The information you gave is a bit of a mess
I need the page number, the amount of words used”
And so it re-joins the Permissions queue.
Ten seconds later, Mr. Smith replies,
“The poem I want is on page 45”
So you get up and head for the stacks,
To pick up the book and check these facts,
Right, and now another letter;
“Dear Mr. Smith, that was much better.
You can use this poem, for a fee -
Twenty-five pounds with VAT”
“Pounds eh? Not Dollars? I’m in the US”
(Oh Mr. Smith, you are a pest)
“Talk to Morehouse – they’ve got those rights”
And with that I’ll call it a night.

*A Rights department database, sometimes Excel sheet.

Glimpses of Glory by David Adam (SPCK, 2000)

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