RWA reports that at least one publisher (let's guess which) is suggesting that authors who get their rights back shouldn't use the edited book as that's a collaboration. (Let me say quickly that RWA's position-- they got an attorney brief-- doesn't support this at all.)
This is pretty pernicious. (For one thing, the finished book is usually copyrighted NOT to the publisher or editor, but just the writer.) RWA suggests that everyone in this position should check their contract's reversion clause (none of mine, btw, say anything like that).
RWA does point out that material actually written by the publisher's employees, like the back cover copy, might be better left unused. (And the cover.)
Anyone have experience with this sort of situation?
I'm getting the idea that everyone wants to get yet another piece of the pie.