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Making a Copyright License Agreement
If you want to use another person or company's copyrighted material, or if you want to allow someone else to use yours for a certain amount of time, a Copyright License Agreement puts your arrangement in writing. Create a Copyright License Agreement to spell out how the copyright can be used, for how long, and fees, if any.
Use the Copyright License Agreement document if:
When your creative works are protected by copyright law, you get to call the shots about who uses your works and how. A Copyright License Agreement is a contract under which a copyright owner allows another person or company to use their copyrighted material in one way or another: to reprint it, or distribute it, to use it for a specified amount of time, and more. In turn for the use of a copyright, the user will generally pay the owner a royalty, or payment based on usage. This agreement defines in detail how, where, and when the copyrighted work may be used. Because the right to use a copyright is usually limited and temporary, it's known as a license. Don't confuse a Copyright License Agreement with a Copyright Assignment, which permanently transfers ownership of the intellectual property.
Other names for this document: Copyright License, Copyright License Contract