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Copyright License Agreement Basics

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:

  • You own copyrights to certain property, which another party will be allowed to use.
  • You wish to acquire the right to use certain property, such as a trademark or product, owned by another party to use in your Production.

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


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Copyright License Agreement Basics

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

Use the Copyright License Agreement document if:
  • You own copyrights to certain property, which another party will be allowed to use.
  • You wish to acquire the right to use certain property, such as a trademark or product, owned by another party to use in your Production.
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