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Poetry Corner: Rhyming with Permissions

When I was still working in the same office as Penguin Karen, we decided to try and re-write our Rights Department handover notes in rhyme. Not because we were bored or anything, but rather because we are both full of awesome.


The rhyme is below in the blog bit for all of your copy and pasting needs.




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January 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

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)

January 24, 2011 | No Comments