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Advice on IP licencing agreements please?

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Fancy Squid Games
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Hi all,

I was after a bit of advice from the collective knowledge.

I work out of the UK and I have paid a guy in Vietnam to do all of the art work for a game of mine. He has done a bang up job for me and I’m very happy with it. The work was produced under the general understanding that I would retain full commercial rights to it. The artist has said that he is happy to sign any agreement that I send him with regards to intellectual property. So what should the agreement contain? I have a general idea that it should say that I have ‘exclusive’ rights to the work and that I can also ‘sub licence’ it should I want to licence my game with all of the art. I don’t want to go to a lawyer as their fee would probably exceed the game budget so far.

So does anyone have any further advice on IP licencing, access to useful resources, or even better a template of a water tight agreement?

Ked

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Not sure how things stand

Not sure how things stand internationally but the US categorizes art as "work for hire" it pretty much covers anything you would want. This is the meat of the contract I have had with my artists.

"All concepts, ideas, copy, sketches, art- work, electronic files and other materials related to it will become the property of __________. ______ acknowledges that the art is being created by ______ for use by _________, at our sole and absolute discretion. __________ may make any changes in, deletions from, or additions to the art. Credit for the work shall be fully given on any material which prominently displays the work."

I think it covers all the bases.

Fancy Squid Games
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Thanks man I recon i'll base

Thanks man I recon i'll base somthing around that.

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