Originally Posted by Billjr13
Random House is basically trying to say, "well you didn't say we couldn't have the electronic rights so that means you want us to have electronic rights; oh and you don't get any of the profits we make off of your work."
RH is not planning to deprive writers of their royalties; rather, they are trying to prevent authors from taking the ebook rights to backlist titles to different publishers. If the contract does end up granting RH rights, they have to abide by the royalty agreements of the contract.
RH is no more "greedy" than a writer (or a writer's estate) who tries to establish who actually gets the ebook rights. If the contracts are unclear, they are unclear, and either the parties will settle or the courts will make the determination.