Cape Town-based print-on-demand specialist Paperight has updated its terms and conditions for publishers, tweaking the small print for partners. The official blog has all the changes listed, which it says have been implemented as a result of a year of operating.

It’s mostly an exercise in tidying up the language around who is responsible for what, but kudos to the Paperight team for being so open about the way they’ve done their updates. They’ve clearly learned not just from their experience, but that of other big companies that have updated publishing agreements over the last few years and have raised hackles with lack of transparency. Every single update is listed and explained in a very lengthy post, which runs to more words than the agreement itself.

Read and learn, entrepreneurs who plan on using other people’s data and creative resource. It’s a masterclass in how to do it.

The only change to watch out for is that publishers who want to use Paperight to distribute texts free of charge must now agree to cover production costs for their benevolent gesture – which is fair enough. Indeed, fair is a good word for the whole document: as publishing agreements go – and I’ve seen a lot – this is one of the best written and clearest there is. Go Paperight.

(Image from The Paperight Blog)

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.