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« on: March 26, 2018, 05:41 »

I've been shooting stock video for a few years on my own. Now I'd like to hire a videographer to help me and shoot video for me.

What type of contract should I make between me and this videographer so that I own the copyright on the video he makes, and so that I can sell it on any stock agency website?

Currently I'm producing stock video as a freelancer, so I don't have a company yet.  Is it possible to make this contract between me and him as freelancers, or I must start a company and make the contract between my company and him? Does this contract need to be registered somewhere (I want it to be valid worldwide)? Do I need to send this contract/inform the stock agency about this? Note that these are related only to the copyright for video aspect of the contract.

Yes, I know I have a lot of questions :P, but if any of you have any experience in these I'd relay appreciate your insight, or examples of such contracts.

Thank you!

« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2018, 10:00 »
You can have a personal contract.  But I would recommend forming an LLC.  It provides some protection for your personal assets if you are careful to separate personal and business funding.  They are pretty easy to set up.  You can do it yourself, or if it is you would prefer to have it handle by an attorney it shouldn't be too expensive.  Disclosure:  This is based on my own research and experience and I am not an attorney.

« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2018, 12:56 »

Do you know any websites where I can find templates for this type of contract?

« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2018, 17:23 »
Hello. I don't know how to translate this into English but it's something like model release, but "rights release" or "rights transfer" in which he accepts that all rights for his creative work for some period (for example day/time he shoots for you) goes to you.

« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2018, 09:19 »
Hello! Thank you!

I understand, do you have an example of such contract?


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