What is a Copyright Agreement?
The moment you crafted something such as video, music, film, journal, or any visual photography, the ownership already begins. You get the right to be the author of that work or idea and if someone tries to copy that without your permission or authorization, it's called copyright violation.
There are several ways copyrighting may happen like making a joint agreement in using the work of an individual to be used for movies, commercials, etc. This makes sure that the author gave them the consent to do so; hence, a copyright agreement. In addition, copyright is legal documentation on the agreement made between two entities to work together as a shared craft, as well as granting copyright on the contributions and its author(s).
How to Write a Copyright Agreement?
Whether you wish to use others' work or you wish to let them use yours, a copyright license agreement should be crafted in order to spell out the terms of the deal.
1. Confer with the Other Party
The very first thing you'll need to do before you draft the joint agreement is to talk to the other party. Whether you wish to communicate via phone call or in-person, make sure to take note of the terms and conditions you both keep in the agreement. Although an agreement can be less formal than a contract, this should suffice in setting proper expectations to prevent further issues. This time, you also negotiate with the other party. Especially when the terms offered are unfavorable or unachievable, give something away to get something in return.
2. Talk to the Expert
Especially when you are the one who lets someone borrow your work, consult with your lawyer in order to learn more about the intellectual rights of the property. This way, you can define the terms stipulated on the written agreement by both parties. Talking to a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property rights would be very beneficial so that you will know what your rights are as the owner. You can also learn how you can protect those rights. In this sense, you may give other persons (borrower and patronizer) the same rights as you have. This includes generating copies of the work or displaying the work on exhibitions.
3. Draft the Agreement Letter
Upon coordinating with the other party, write an agreement letter to make the deal legal. You cannot write an effective and comprehensive agreement letter if you can not determine the most important considerations in an agreement. Upon outlining the agreement, make sure to include the nature of the work jointly agreed upon, deadlines (e.g. project reports), terms of payment (amount, payment method), etc. Also, include the agreement time frame, and other important details like the roles and responsibilities of each party.
4. Allow Revisions
Send the draft of the simple agreement to the other party to make a clear and definite agreement before finalizing the document. This will commence the copyright transfer. Since this is a written document, it will be hard to take back whatever is stipulated within once it's finalized.
5. Write the Copyright Release
As soon as you have completed all the above-mentioned requirements, it's time to make the copyright agreement. This document should state your name or the company name, the period or length of copyright transfer, payment method, and amount. Also, what permissions to grant to the other party, and how long they will take advantage of it.
6. Close the Deal
Finally, put your signature on it then let the other party also sign the agreement. Since it is a legal agreement, it won't work without both entity's signature. Upon doing so, both parties understand the terms that have been limited and defined. Remember, everything starts at the tip of the pen!