Nick N

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  1. Copyright Transfer Contracts

    Brian, thank you so much for taking the time to read the contract I posted and pointing out its flaw. I will take notes from the Princeton contract and see about getting advice from an attorney. At any rate, I won't take any more of your time. Again, thank you very much for all your help!
  2. Copyright Transfer Contracts

    After reading through a few work for hire agreements, I think this one seemed easy to understand and thorough: It also clarifies that the service provider is not an employee of mine but an independent contractor which I think is important for me. Does this look like a solid contract to use for the aforementioned purposes? Is this something I could reasonably expect an amateur artist that I pay for artwork to sign in general?
  3. Copyright Transfer Contracts

    Thank you very much for the information, Tom and Brian. Also, I apologize for the late response - I have had internet troubles of late. I will look into the Activision document as well as work for hire agreements and hopefully find something that works for my situation.
  4. 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.