Morality clauses 'have doubled' over the last year

Morality clauses 'have doubled' over the last year

Instances of so-called "morality clauses" in authors’ contracts have doubled over the last year, according to one prominent UK literary agent.

Caroline Michel [pictured], c.e.o. of Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, said that American publishers are particularly making use of the clauses, which make provision for the cancellation of the contract if authors do not uphold good standards of behaviour, but that she and other agencies are “fighting it” because signing these clauses could set a “very dangerous precedent”.

The issue was reported in The Bookseller last week following the Royal Society of...

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