This document sets forth a certification whereby an author certifies that he or she is the
original and sole creator of certain material. As drafted, this document is for an author
who wrote a screenplay as commissioned by a producer. The author accepts and
acknowledges that the producer owns all rights, title, and interest in the material created
by the author. This sample document contains standard provisions found in similar
certificates of authorship and can be modified to fit the needs of the drafting parties.
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORSHIP
For good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, I __________
(“I” or “Author”) hereby certify and agree as follows:
1. Producer has employed my services as an author in connection with a proposed motion
picture/screenplay entitled ____________________ (the “Picture”). All literary material of all
kind or nature authored or to be authored and furnished or to be furnished by me, as well as all
results and proceeds of my author services in connection with the Picture (all such literary
material, results, and proceeds are referred to collectively hereinafter as (the “Material”)) was
and/or will be solely authored and/or created by me as original material.
2. The Material authored and/or created by me is specially ordered or commissioned by
Producer for use as part of Motion picture within the meaning of the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act.
For copyright purposes, the Material authored and/or created by me shall be considered “work-
made-for-hire,” and Producer shall be deemed the sole owner of the Material and Producer of all
rights of every kind or nature, whether now known or hereafter devised (including, but not
limited to, all copyrights and extensions and renewals of copyrights) in and to the Material, as
well as the right to make such changes in the Material, throughout the universe, as Producer may
from time to time determine.
3. I hereby acknowledge that the Material is wholly original and has not been adapted from
any other literary, dramatic, or any other work of any kind or nature, except any incidental
materials in the public domain throughout the world.
4. I hereby represent that I have the right to execute this Agreement and that the Material
does not infringe upon any statutory or common law rights in any other literary, dramatic, or
other work; that the Material is not libelous and does not violate the rights of privacy of any
other person; and that the full use of the rights in the Material herein granted to Producer will not
violate any rights of any person, firm, or corporation.
5. I shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless, to the fullest extent allowed by law,
Producer, any Producer corporation, and its/their employees, officers, agents, assigns, and
licensees from and against any and all liability, claims, costs, damages, and expenses (including
reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs) arising out of or in connection to a breach of the
foregoing covenants, warranties, and representations.
6. I hereby accept and acknowledge that Producer owns, throughout the world, in
perpetuity, all rights, title, and interest in and to the Material and any and all parts thereof,
including, but not limited to, all motion picture rights, television rights, video rights, publication
rights, and merchandising and commercial tie-up rights. Such rights include all rights that are
already vested in the Material and all rights that were or may hereafter be known.
7. I hereby accept that Producer has the right, but not the obligation, to use my name,
likeness, and biography as the author(s) of the Material on screen, in advertising, and in publicity
in connection with the exploitation of any motion picture produced that is based in whole, or in
part, on the Material or in connection with the exploitation of any of the rights granted
8. I hereby accept and acknowledge that Producer may make any changes in, deletions
from, or additions to, the Material which Producer may, in its sole discretion, consider necessary
or desirable. I hereby expressly waive, for myself, my heirs, assigns, executors, and
administrators all rights “moral rights of the authors” or any similar rights or principles of law
that I many now or later have in the Material or to my services.
9. I hereby acknowledge that I have been fully compensated for all services performed in
connection with the Picture, and that there are no further obligations owed to me by Producer or
its heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators.
10. I hereby accept and acknowledge that Producer may assign, transfer, license, delegate, or
grant all or any part of the rights, privileges, and property relating to the Material to any person,
firm, or corporation. This Certificate of Authorship shall inure to the benefit of the parties hereto
and to their respective heirs, successors, and assigns.
11. I hereby further acknowledge that, in the event of any act or omission by Producer or any
successor of Producer constituting a violation or breach of the agreement between Producer and
I, disputes arising from such act or omission will be limited to remedies at law, if any, to obtain
damages, and I shall have no right to rescind all or any portion of this Certificate of Authorship
or to enjoin or restrain the distribution or exploitation of the P