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 three versions: one for use where the contributor is being paid a fee; one for use where the contributor is paid commission; and 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".
The commission clauses in the commission version are flexible. The commission payable is determined by reference to a "Base Amount" with respect to each "Trigger Event" - and these phrases can be defined in a number of different ways.