Are you releasing something this year and collaborating with other leaders?
Do you worry about intellectual property and making sure you have your bases covered?
In the past I have created many different collaborations with people and sometimes especially with friends a lack of clarity around the agreement we have made can come back to bite you.
Here is a simple guide to help you get permission from those you are collaborating with, so that you have all your “ducks lined up in a row”
- CREATE A COPYRIGHT RELEASE FORM WITH NO MONETARY GAIN
Here is an example below:
I grant NAME (NAME OF PUBLICATION, PRODUCT OR PODCAST) their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, successors, and assigns the right and permission to record, use, publish, stream live, offer for sale, or otherwise distribute any audio or video interview with me. Such right and permission includes, but is not limited to, my name, recorded voice or video, photograph or likeness, biographical information, handouts or any material based upon or derived therefrom.
I understand that NAME OF BUSINESS OR NETWORK may, at its sole discretion, produce presentations or publications based in whole or in part upon audio interview (or any portions thereof) and/or a video or audio recordings or photographs of said interview, and that such media or transcripts may appear in print, online, or in any manner or media, including but not limited to promoting the podcast or streaming audio program.
(CHANGE THIS NEXT PARAGRAPH TO INCLUDE DETAILS OF MONETARY AGREEMENT IF THIS IS APART OF YOUR PERMISSION RELEASE OR GET A COPYRIGHT LAWYER TO DRAW UP YOUR CONTRACT. )
I have no right of approval, no claim for compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based upon invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of or in connection with, any use, alteration, or use in any form hereunder.
I enter into this agreement and I grant the rights granted to NAME OF BUSINESS. I agree that during the course of the interview, printed work and publishing I have not violated the rights of any third parties, including copyrights, rights of privacy, trade secrets, and non-disclosure agreements, and that in the event of any breach of any of these warranties, that I will defend and hold NAME OF BUSINESS against any such claims.
This release shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.
SIGNATURE OF BOTH PARTIES
2. PRINT OUT AND KEEP A COPY, GIVING ONE EACH TO BOTH PARTIES.
3. IF ANY PART OF THE AGREEMENT CHANGES, CREATE A NEW DOCUMENT.
Hopefully this helps. And in no way is this meant to replace getting contractual legal advice for copyright permissions that are more complex than a simple collaboration.