Saatchi sues his publisher

But what a very strange thing to sue about:

His contract with Phaidon is, he claims, a restraint of trade because it seeks to ban him from working on other projects with different publishers. The owner of the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea says he made two agreements with Phaidon in 2009 for books provisionally called The More You Like Art The More Art You Like and Questions by Charles Saatchi.

According to the writ, a section of the agreement prevents him from preparing, editing or licensing any work which forms part of the two books, or which might compete with the titles, for the life of the agreement. A judge is due to decide whether this amounts to an unreasonable restraint of trade.

That\’s boilerplate, standard part of any publishing contract.

The specific terms might vary, there\’s a lot of possible differences in how wide or narrow the \”you can\’t publish a competing title with someone else\” might be, but the basic idea turns up in every contract.

5 thoughts on “Saatchi sues his publisher”

  1. I know Saatchi is nominally on ‘our’ side, but the more I see of his artistic taste, the more I want to do a bit of performance art entitled The More You See Of What Maurice Saatchi Thinks Is Art, The More You Will Understand Why I Am Doing You A Fucking Service Sunshine, No Need To Thank Me, No Honestly, It’s On The House”, at which point a fleet of B-2 Spirit bombers unleashes 2000lb GBU-31 JDAMs against any installation believed to house any of his noxious acquisitions. Already signed Tracy Emin up for it (wasn’t hard, amazing what that girl will do for a couple of pints of cider and black.)

  2. While no doubt intoning the words that are music to a lawyer’s ear “It’s not the money, it’s the principle.”

  3. On a more serious note,the case will hinge on “for the life of the agreement”. A year or two, reasonable, ‘until hell freezes over’, not so much. I see this duration is not given in the original article.

  4. That’s boilerplate, standard part of any publishing contract.

    It’s boilerplate in employment contracts too: you cannot work simultaneously for a rival company, or words to that effect. It would probably not go down to well if I was working weekends for Conoco-Philips, for example.

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