Copyright is instantaneous regardless of artistic merit. It is the exclusive right of the Copyright Owner to copy/reproduce or gives permission to copy/reproduce an artistic, dramatic, literary or musical work.
Copyright is a property right. It can be bought, sold, loaned, used as collateral. When the copyright is assigned, a clause in the Assignment permits one Party to an agreement to assign certain rights to another Party.
In this Agreement the Producer is assigned any and all Rights to the Work by the Writer. If the Producer is signing an Agreement for Copyright to a Work she/he must check that no previously existing contract disallows allows an assignment. The Producer should always have her/his Lawyer review the Agreement before signing.
This Agreement between the Copyright Owner and the Producer is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. This is the “Short Form” legal Agreement of five clauses and two pages. The Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
We regularly receive feedback that we have successfully drafted our filmmaker contracts to be as complete as possible for all legal situations. However, should you experience a unique personal situation requiring the drafting of a special clause, please contact us at your convenience. Otherwise, you may be obliged to find a local entertainment lawyer experienced in the film making industry who will draft any and all other clauses for your Project’s unique situation or circumstance.
This Agreement is part of the Actor’s Deal, the Producer’s Deal, and the Investor’s Deal.
Copyright Assignment “All-Rights” Transfer (Short Form)
Writer Name (Assignor): ____________________________________________
Title of Work Assigned: _____________________________________________
Producer(s) name (Assignee): ______________________________________
Producer Company: _______________________________________________
Project Name: ____________________________________________________
Project Genre: ____________________________________________________
(film, music video, stage production, game show, etc)
Herein this Agreement the Independent Filmmaker is called the “Producer”.
1. This is an Agreement between the Assignor (hereafter known as the “Writer”) and the Assignee (hereafter known as the “Producer”) to Assign the Rights of the above named Work to be used in the above named Project.
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:
2. For good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the above named and undersigned Writer hereby irrevocably transfers and assigns to the above named and undersigned Producer, her/his/their/its successors, heirs, and assigns, in perpetuity, all Right (whether now known or hereinafter invented), Title, and Interest, throughout the world, including any copyrights and renewals or extensions thereto, in the above named Work. (Copyright registration number if available ______________________)
3. That, in consideration of ____________________________________ and other good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned Writer does hereby sell, grant, convey and assign unto Producer her/his/their/its successors, assigns and licensees forever, all Right, Title and Interest including but not limited to the exclusive worldwide Project and allied rights of Writer in and to that certain Work, to wit the above named Work and all drafts, revisions, arrangements, adaptations, dramatizations, translations, sequels and other versions of the Work Assigned which may heretofore have been written or produced or which may hereafter . . . (continued)