And this is the email I got from the company,
As you may already know, we recently conducted a thorough, top-down review of our quality assurance and production systems to ensure that we move forward with our library in the most effective manner possible. I would like to apologise delays that you may have experienced as a result of this.
One of the most important conclusions that has been drawn from the process is that, in line with the evolving requirements library, some analyses currently in our system need to be decommissioned. Your analysis of Gluck, ‘Japan’s Modern Myths', falls into this category.
Your analysis has been delivered, but has not yet passed our Academic Excellence criteria.
Normally no other fee would be due to you until you fulfill all of the considerable remaining obligations you agreed to when signing your Statement of Work, such as peer reviewing another analysis submission in your field, making edits to your own submission based on the comments of peers, senior academics and editors, an associate survey, script review of 27 one-page scripts and review of 27 mind maps.
However, I would like to offer you £500 as a contract buy-out on the understanding that you will not be required to do any more work on the analysis.
Assuming this is acceptable, your and Mouseion’s rights and obligations under the Statement Of Work covering this analysis will terminate. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Consultancy Agreement you signed with Mouseion states in Clause 8.4 that all intellectual property rights in the work created by you so far reside with Mouseion and that you waive all moral rights in your work. This means that you cannot use these materials yourself without prior consent from Mouseion, nor can you use copyright to prevent Mouseion from using or adapting your work in the future. Should Mouseion choose to adapt your work in any way we will, of course, give you the option of being either credited or not credited work.
We very much appreciate your efforts so far and would like you to know that Mouseion will continue working with a significant number of our associates. While I can make no immediate guarantees as to further commissions, you certainly fall into this category of associate.
Please supply me with an invoice for £500 buy out of your contract using the attached invoice template. The invoice should include the words ‘Contract Buy Out Fee’, together with the title and author of the work in question.
We would like to thank you efforts and will, of course, look to work with us again in the future.