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.