A well-drafted work made for hire agreement outlines each party’s rights and responsibilities, and allows the parties to negotiate and determine what services and materials to be provided. It also makes sure both parties understand that ownership rights remain with the company. The enclosed document can provide a good starting point for your arrangement. You and the author must continue to discuss the terms of your agreement, settling questions about work parameters, payment, and responsibilities. Once you have agreed on terms and have signed the attached form, each party can focus on its area of expertise: the company on the development of its business and the author on the tasks assigned.
WORK MADE FOR HIRE AGREEMENT This Work Made for Hire Agreement (the “Agreement”) is entered into as of ______________, 20 _____ (the “Effective Date”), by ______________, a ____________ (the “Author”) and _____________, a ____________ (the “Company,” and together with the Author, the “Parties”). RECITALS WHEREAS, the Company wishes to engage the Author for the purpose of creating the following [written][photographic][other] materials (the “Materials”) on the terms and conditions set forth below: [DESCRIBE MATERIALS]___________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______; and WHEREAS, the Author wishes to prepare the Materials in accordance with the terms of this Agreement; and WHEREAS, each Party is duly authorized and capable of entering into this Agreement. NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the above recitals and the mutual promises and benefits contained herein, the Parties hereby agree as follows: 1. MATERIALS; WORK-FOR-HIRE. The Company hereby orders or commissions and the Author hereby agrees that it will prepare and create the Materials for the Company, and the Parties expressly agree that the Materials shall be considered “works made for hire” by and for the Company as such term is defined in §101 of the Copyright Act of 1976. 2. DELIVERY. (a) Delivery Date. The Author shall deliver to the Company, not later than [INSERT DATE], the Materials in form and content acceptable to the Company for publication. The Author shall deliver the Materials to [NAME] via [INSERT PROPER METHOD OF DELIVERY: e-mail, CD Rom, hand delivery, etc.]. (b) Form of Delivery. [INCLUDE ANY APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE: If the Materials include photograph(s), the Author shall d
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