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Free copyright notice

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This is a copyright notice (or copyright statement) template, designed for use on a website. Copyright is one of the cornerstone intellectual property rights. Although websites as such do not attract copyright protection, they are made up of works that do (literary works, graphical works and so on). Using this template, the website operator may assert ownership of copyright in the website, and set out ...

Free assignment of copyright

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Copyright is one of the key intellectual property rights. It protects a very wide range of different types of intellectual creation, including books, plays, music and software. Businesses often (and individuals occasionally) need to transfer copyright, and the function of an assignment of copyright document is to give effect to such transfers. Under English law, legal transfers of copyright must be in writing and signed ...

Copyright notice

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This template copyright notice has been designed to help website operators protect their copyright. Websites as such are not copyright-protected works. However, most websites will incorporate text (literary works), images (graphic works), computer code (also literary works) and potentially other types of copyright-protected work too. The notice has several different purposes: (i) it contains an assertion of the ownership of copyright in the ...

Non-disclosure agreement (invention)

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This non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a lightly modified version of our "unilateral" NDA document, designed for use in relation to the disclosure of an invention and related information by an inventor to a potential industrial or commercial partner. Note that potentially patentable inventions should be kept confidential. A failure to do so may prevent the grant of a patent, or render a granted patent ...

Assignment of intellectual property rights

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This document can be used to assign (ie transfer ownership of) intellectual property rights. Those rights may be registered and/or unregistered rights. An assignment of registered intellectual property rights should usually itself be registered with the appropriate authorities. For instance, an assignment of a UK registered trade mark should be registered with the UK Intellectual Property Office using Form TM 16 (Application to record ...

Assignment of copyright

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Just like real property, intellectual property may be transferred from one person to another. This document may be used to effect the transfer (ie assignment) of copyright. It may be used in connection with one specific type of copyright (eg literary copyright or artistic copyright) or alternatively may be used to assign a range of different copyright types. The transfer under this document may be ...

Assignment of trade marks

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This is an assignment of trade marks. The purpose of this document is to transfer the rights in trade marks from one person to another. The transfer may relate to both registered and unregistered trade mark rights. In respect of UK registered trade marks, you must, in addition to executing a written assignment, register that assignment with the UK Intellectual Property Officer. Generally, assignments of ...

Assignment of rights in a website

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If you need to assign the copyright and other unregistered IPR in a website from one person (or company) to another person (or company) you should consider this document. Based on our standard copyright assignment, the subject matter of the transfer is designated using two key definitions: "Excluded IP" refers to the IP that is reserved to the transferor; and "Assignment" IP refers to the ...

Assignment of rights in software

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Using this document, you can transfer the copyright in a computer programme from the existing owner to a new owner. The document can also be used to transfer other unregistered intellectual property rights subsisting in the computer programme (for example, database rights) alongside the copyright. The document allows for specified rights to be excluded from the transfer. This document is not suitable for use in ...

Graphic design terms and conditions

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This document contains terms and conditions for the provision of graphic design services. It has been drafted to take particular account of the interests of the services provider, and accordingly may be a good basis for preparing the standard terms of trading of a graphic design business. The document's treatment of intellectual property in the designer's work product is relatively flexible. The intellectual ...

Writing services terms and conditions

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Many businesses engage external agencies to produce written works. For instance, web content and informational copy may be produced by such agencies. This terms and conditions template is designed to cover the provision of writing services by one business to another. (It is unsuitable for use in relation to B2C contracts.) One of the key issues with this sort of contract is the treatment of ...

Translation services terms and conditions

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These are standard terms and conditions for a business providing translation services. The terms and conditions include warranties from the client in relation to the source material. For instance, the client warrants that the source material will not infringe any third party rights. Subject to this client warranty, the translator warrants that the translation will not infringe any third party rights. This document assumes that ...

Licence of copyright

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Copyright works include written works, musical works and artistic works. A copyright licence is a right for a person to act in some particular way in respect of a copyright work without infringing the rights of the copyright owner. Licensing is one of the key characteristics of intellectual property rights such as a copyright. This document allows a person who owns or controls the copyright ...

Licence of trade marks

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Using this document, a trade mark owner may licence rights in trade marks to another person. The trade mark rights may be registered or unregistered or both. The rights granted will vary from licence to licence. The document is relatively flexible, and may be edited to the advantage of either party. The trade mark licence assumes that the rights in question arise under English law. ...

Digital content distribution terms and conditions

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Where digital content is supplied by a website user to a website operator for resale, the legal basis of the parties' relationship should be set down in writing. That is the purpose of these terms and conditions. A licensing clause is included in the terms and conditions, setting out the basis upon which the website operator may use the digital content, and also the basis ...

Domain name licence agreement

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Under this agreement one party may permit another to use a domain name for an agreed period or an indefinite period. The party that owns the domain name, the licensor, gives certain assurances to the licensee that the domain name will remain available to the licensee during the term of the agreement. The other party, the licensee, gives undertakings that it will not use the ...

Website contributor agreement (paid)

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Under this website contributor agreement, one person creates material (such as text or graphical material) for publication upon another person's website. The parties may be individuals or companies. The agreement assumes that the contributor will be paid a fee in respect of the contribution. In consideration for the payment of that fee, the customer receives either an assignment of the rights in the contribution ...

Website contributor agreement (unpaid)

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Under this version of our website contributor agreement, a person may create material (such as written works) for publication upon another's website, although the contributor does not receive any payment for the contribution. The contributor either grants a licence to the website operator or assigns (ie transfers) the contributor's rights in the contribution to the operator. To help ensure that the agreement takes ...

Domain name sale agreement

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This agreement may be used in relation to the sale of a domain name, or a collection of domain names, by one person or company to another. The agreement includes provisions allowing for the price to be held in escrow by a third party, pending the completion of the transfer of the domain name. Different domain name extensions are regulated by different bodies and you ...

Consultancy terms and conditions (B2B and B2C)

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This is an adaptation of our standard consultancy T&Cs, with provisions designed for both consumers and business customers. The core clauses require the consultant to provide to the customer, during the term of the contract, consultancy services meeting some defined standard (eg "... with reasonable skill and care ..."). The details of the services should be defined in a separate statement of work. A skeleton statement ...

Ebook download terms and conditions

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We created this download agreement for websites selling downloadable ebooks to consumers and/or businesses. This template includes detailed licensing provisions, including various optional limitations and prohibitions. For example, sellers may want to limit the number of copies of an ebook that may be viewed and printed. They may also want to limit the number and type of computers and other devices upon which the ...

Music download terms and conditions

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Potential purchasers of online music can have trouble distinguishing between websites offering legal music sales and questionable or illegal websites offering more dubious downloads. A well-drafted set of legal documents can help customers make this distinction. Our music download terms and conditions provide a template for operators of legal sites to define buying procedures for customers and to reassure them about their rights to ...

Image download terms and conditions

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This document has been created for websites offering images for sale via download. It sets out the legal relationship between the website owner and the individual consumer or business customer purchasing images. It also clarifies how the images may be used. Licensing rights are covered in detail. The template sets out the website's ordering procedure and makes clear that the contract does not commence ...

Video download terms and conditions

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This terms and conditions document is intended to cover the sale, from a website, of downloadable video files, whether those sales are to business, consumers, or some mixture of the two. In the case of sales to consumers, the terms and conditions suggest the limitation of use to personal use, and in the case of business, to internal business use. In other words, the licence ...

Article download terms and conditions

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The sale of knowledge - in the form of articles, guides, analyses, white papers and similar documents - represents a significant proportion of small-business electronic commerce. This terms and conditions template has been designed for just this sort of transaction. There are two main reasons why the online sale of articles and similar electronic documents should be governed by properly drafted terms and conditions. First, such ...

Course material download terms and conditions

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This template was created to cover the sale and supply of downloadable training or educational course materials. The document does not presume that the course materials are of a particular kind. Materials that may be made available under the document include written works, images, audio files and/or video files. However, the document does assume that all materials are downloadable. Nor does the template presume ...

Consultancy and commission agreement

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This agreement may be used to record the terms upon which a consultant is appointed by a client, where the consultant will be paid (in whole or part) on the basis of commission. This agreement is not suitable for employees, whether or not paid by commission. In addition to combining the provisions of our standard consultancy agreement with those of our commission agreement, this document ...

Digital marketplace website terms and conditions

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A digital marketplace is a forum for users to buy and sell digital products. These terms and conditions have been designed to help website operators regulate the various legal relationships that arise out of the operation of such a marketplace. The document is not specific to one particular type of digital download, and may in principle be used for ebooks, audio files, video files, software ...