As a creative in business, it’s so important to protect your work legally.
Here are three contracts we recommend using if you’re a creative:
If you are a creative who wants to monetise your intellectual property by licensing it to another party, a Licence Agreement is a great place to start. Intellectual property broadly includes copyright, trademarks, designs and patents. The creative industry primarily deals with copyright. Copyright protects various kinds of creative work including music, sound recordings, photography, film, artwork, literary work, design drawings, plays, and software. Unlike other forms of intellectual property, copyright protection applies automatically and does not require registration.
Licensing your creative work is a smart business decision to make your intellectual property work for you.
If you’re in the creative business and you purchase goods and/or services from other businesses, a Supplier Terms of Engagement can be a great contract for you to use. Your Supplier Terms of Engagement outline the agreement between you (the purchaser) and someone you purchase goods or services from (the supplier). In other words, they are the terms under which you engage your suppliers. For example, if you are a filmmaker, you may wish to use these terms in engaging a hair and makeup artist, or an advertiser or marketer to promote your product. This type of contract is appropriate where the supplier is an independent contract, not an employee.
If you supply creative services and wish to put the terms of your arrangement with your customers in writing – a Terms of Trade contract is a great place to start. These are the standard terms and conditions under which you supply your services to your customers. They set out matters such as the terms of payment, ownership of intellectual property, the limitations of your liability, and steps the parties must take in the event of a dispute. While your Terms of Trade do not need to be signed by your customers, it is still necessary for your customers to accept them just like any other contract.
At Litton Legal, we love working with creatives to help them protect their work legally. We have contract templates available for creatives which you can shop here.