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Nick N

Member Since 31 Oct 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 12 2012 03:48 AM

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Copyright Transfer Contracts

31 October 2012 - 10:15 AM

Hi everyone! First and foremost I've been watching these forums for some time so I'd like to say thank you to all the contributors for the wealth of information available here.

I've recently started a small game development company and have a product that is coming along nicely, but I'm reaching a point where I need to start buying art and sound assets which I would like to do without hiring full time artists as employees. With that in mind I've been scouring the net for a good resource for contracts along the lines of "deed of conveyance", "copyright transfer agreement", and so on. I would like to purchase illustrations, sounds, and music which which would be exclusively owned by the company, and good for commercial use, after the artist signs.

I've found a few resources which I may be able to patch together to get what I need (such as books with business and legal forms for graphic designers), but if anyone here is aware of useful resources (electronic or otherwise) that supplies contract templates for these sorts of agreements - particularly if they are intended for games development - I would sincerely appreciate to hear about it. I also think this could be a useful appendage to the "resources" section of the business and law forums here.

These are examples of what I would be looking for:

1) Transfer of copyright from artist to company of visual artwork (such as illustrations and icons).

2) Transfer of copyright from artist to company of audio (such as sound effects and music).

3) Transfer of copyright from programmer to company of source code.

Thank you for your time and consideration.