“Don’t sign anything until you know what it means and are comfortable with it.” ~ so say most lawyers including me.
Creative professionals – writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers – can learn to understand and become comfortable with the contracts that are used regularly in their businesses.
Simple explanations are often the best.
I’ve taken some basic contracts often seen by creative professionals and annotated them by adding my quick notes, providing explanations of the terms and recommendations for areas of possible negotiation.
Contracts annotated with QuickNotes:
Take a look. Some things might surprise you.
For example, a contract provision from a traditional publishing contract with my quick notes looks like this:
AUTHOR WARRANTS THAT HE/SHE WILL NOT HEREAFTER ENTER INTO ANY AGREEMENT OR UNDERSTANDING WITH ANY PERSON OR ENTITY THAT WOULD CONFLICT WITH THE RIGHTS GRANTED TO THE PUBLISHER DURING THE TERM OF THIS CONTRACT.
• This is where you promise not to grant rights to any other person or publisher that conflict with the rights granted in this contract.
• If you are dividing up your rights to create multiple revenue streams, you need to pay careful attention. Monitor your rights and keep good books.
You can either download these annotated documents for future reference or refer back to this page.
I will be adding more Contracts with QuickNotes over the course of the next few months.
If you have already signed up for the Rip-Off Protection Report for Creative Professionals, you’re on my list and I’ll send you an email when I add a new annotated contract.
If someone sent you a link to this page, be sure to sign up for the Report so you receive notice of when a Contract with QuickNotes is added.
My goal in providing you with these QuickNotes is to give you the tools you need to be thoughtful about the law as your career develops. If you have a question about a particular contract provision, drop a comment below and I’ll let you know what I think.
NOTE: These contract quick notes are for educational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice for your particular situation.