If you’ve ever been hired or hired someone to perform creative services or to create an artistic or technical work, either orally or by signing on the dotted line, this is an article you should read.
Whether the deal terms are straightforward or complex,
Whether you’re dealing with your best friend or a faceless corporation and
Whether the negotiating process is informal or formal –
this article will give you a FRAMEWORK for thinking about what terms are crucial to you and what is open for discussion.
This framework is applicable to deals involving copyright, trademark, patents and publicity rights – essentially the entire spectrum of intellectual property.
In short – if you buy, sell or trade creative services or works, and the very thought of negotiating a deal gives you a massive migraine, you need a simple way to organize the deal points in your mind.
In addition to some aspirin, you need perspective and context.
Following up on "Writers' Strike Part 1," in which I discussed the basic "who" and "what" of the current strike by the WGA against the AMPTP - this article is geared toward giving some background information to understand where the current dispute comes from.