Alexandria, VA asked in Contracts and Copyright

Q: Artist Work for Hire Copyright Question: Do Work for Hire contracts need to be professionally written?

I want to hire an artist to draw art for me. I plan on printing and selling this art. Legal contracts are very scary and long. Can I just write my own using plain English? Example: I write on a Word document or email "I pay artist to give me art. I will reprint and sell this art." Will this be effective legally?

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Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Beverly Hills, CA

A: The agreement for a work-for-hire need not be elaborate. But it should be in writing, dated, and clearly state (1) what work is the subject, (2) the names of the artist and the hiring party, and (3) that the work is a "work for hire."

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