Contribution Contract 1.0

MCMSaturday, May 1, 2004
This post is from a version of my blog with inconsistent timestamps: evidently I was very good at defining 'modified' dates, but not 'created' dates. As such, I can't be sure when the content was actually written. Sorry!

After some revisions and consultation, the contribution contact has finally been settled, and is available for download from the site. It's meant to clearly set out for the various artist contributors what their rights and returns are when working with Liberty Bell.

What is says is this: All rights to contributed work are the property of the series, but the artist retains the right to use their work in any way they like. The series must credit the artist on all uses of the contribution.

In terms of payment, each contract has a split middle section. If the work was commissioned (specifically requested by myself), payment may be in the form of a half-before-half-after fee. In that case, the cost of the product is written into the contract. In this scenario, the series will not split profits with the artist.

The other option is for a 50/50 split of profits of the work, in which case the artist can download and fill out the contract without a direct request by myself. There is no upfront cost for the work, but the profits are divided at the end of every month to compensate the artist.

The last part of the contract deals with the name, medium and serial number of the work in question (serial number is provided by the Works Register), and other legal coverage. The contract is signed by the artist, and must be delivered with the art in question or no payments of any kind will be made.

The gist of this contract is to allow artists who have a good working relationship with Liberty Bell to draw up something new one evening and get it used and profitable without having to pitch the idea first. Hopefully this will streamline some of the process from now on. Anyone that's got an earlier (non-numbered) contract similar to this, yours are still good. This is just to stick two concepts together on one page.

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