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#1 WishingStar   Members   -  Reputation: 187

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 09:53 AM

Hi GameDev!

We are currently in the process of having an voice actress do a recording for us. However, to protect both her and us, we will be providing a release form for her to sign.

 

Would anyone know how to create, or where to find an example of, a media release form specifically catered to voice recording? It needs to include the specifics of:

 

1. All recordings submitted are owned by the company, and free to use commercially; she's essentially doing this as a portfolio piece for us.

2. No monetary compensation is obligated, but will be given per our discretion; in other words, if we make anything, we would hope to compensate her for her time in the future.

 

Thank you!



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#2 frob   Moderators   -  Reputation: 22714

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:53 AM

Yes, you talk to your lawyer.  

 

It doesn't take long and can be done with minimal lawyer time. There are around 15 families of IP rights that need to be either assigned or waived specifically. There are also location-specific regulations that need to be followed. You need to specify consideration of payment, purposes and allowed uses, combination with other works and media, assignment and transfer, exclusivity, duration, choice of governing law, and so on.

 

Your lawyer will then prepare the document.


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#3 Steven Lowell   Members   -  Reputation: 101

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:01 PM

Hey man!

 

I just wanted to mention such templates for documents are available online. I have used templates before, and this sounds like a contractor agreement because she is performing services for you, but media release forms can be found online as well. I used one from About.com for my current voice over job. You can add whatever language you wish to it, and then have a lawyer check it. If you dont have the money for such a thing, you should still get something in writing.

 

On a side note, voice actors who work online are mostly do-it-yourself people, so she may even know herself. I work with voice actors myself on some casting sites.



#4 WishingStar   Members   -  Reputation: 187

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:58 AM

Thanks guys,

We may be able to contact a lawyer to look it over, but I will take the advice of grabbing a template first. I wasn't sure what to call it, but a Contractor Agreement sounds about right. I will also ask the voice actress herself if she has one she has previously used.

Thanks for the advice!



#5 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 10158

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:25 AM

I wasn't sure what to call it, but a Contractor Agreement sounds about right

 

Also take a look at a Model Release.


Edited by Tom Sloper, 07 June 2013 - 07:25 AM.

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