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Website contributor agreement

Price:  £25.00(Inc. 20% VAT)(£20.83 Exc. VAT)

If a freelance or other external provider supplies content for your website, you should ensure that there is a written contract setting out the licensing terms and other terms upon which that content is provided.

This website contributor agreement has been designed for use in relation to the supply of written and other material by a contributor to a website publisher, whether on a one-off or ongoing basis. The agreement comes in two versions: one for use where the contributor is being paid; another for use where the contributor is unpaid.

Typically, contributions will take the form of written works, but they might also be photographs, illustrations, videos or other copyright-protected works. The nature of the contributions can be specified in the agreement, or agreed in writing elsewhere. Similarly, the date, dates or timetable for the provision of the contributions may be in the agreement or elsewhere.

The contributor will retain ownership of the copyright in the contributions, granting to the publisher a right to publish the contributions. Optionally, rights to edit and translate contributions may also be granted.

The template includes a standard set of warranties regarding the legality of the contributions. It takes account of the possibility that the contributor may not be the author of the contributions (for example, because the contributor is a limited company whose employees or contractors are the authors).

In addition, the publisher may impose quality standards upon the contributor, for example requirements that contributions are "of a good professional standard", "conform with the publisher's guidelines for authors" or "are relevant to the website readership".

Unpaid version

  1. Definitions
  2. Consideration
  3. Term
  4. Contributions and publication
  5. Licence
  6. Moral rights
  7. Warranties and representations
  8. Limitations and exclusions of liability
  9. Termination
  10. Effects of termination
  11. General

Paid version

  1. Definitions and interpretation
  2. Term
  3. Contributions and publication
  4. Licence
  5. Moral rights
  6. Payments
  7. Warranties and representations
  8. Third party infringement
  9. Contributor indemnity
  10. Limitations and exclusions of liability
  11. Termination
  12. Effects of termination
  13. General
The document comes in Word .doc format. The unpaid version is 8 pages, while the paid version is 13 pages long, including in each case the Schedule, footnotes, cover page and execution provisions.

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