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Website contributor agreement (unpaid)

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 effect as a contract, a provision is included specifying that the website operator will pay the contributor a nominal sum. As an alternative, you could have the agreement executed as a deed. No consideration is required where an agreement takes the form of a deed.

Although the contribution is provided without charge, this agreement still includes a range of protections for the website operator, such as warranties and indemnities relating to the contribution. These are on the whole optional, and can easily be removed in appropriate cases.

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Website contributor agreement (unpaid) contents

  1. Definitions: definitions.
  2. Term: commencement of term; end of term.
  3. Deliverables: obligation to deliver deliverables; feedback on deliverables; timetable for delivery of deliverables; deliverables warranties (no acceptance procedure).
  4. Operator
    supply of second party materials; licence of second party materials; warranties relating to second party materials.
  5. Intellectual Property Rights: assignment of intellectual property rights in deliverables; licence to use deliverables; mixed assignment and licence of rights; licensing of third party materials; waiver of moral rights in deliverables; further assurance (intellectual property).
  6. Consideration: consideration benefiting first party.
  7. Contributor
    's confidentiality obligations:
    first party confidentiality undertaking; disclosure of confidential information by first party to certain persons; exceptions to first party's confidentiality obligations; disclosures of second party confidential information mandated by law etc; first party to stop using confidential information upon termination; first party to return or destroy confidential information following termination; first party confidentiality obligations after termination.
  8. Warranties: first party general warranties; second party warranty of authority; exclusion of implied warranties and representations.
  9. Limitations and exclusions of liability: caveats to limits of liability; interpretation of limits of liability; no liability for loss of profits; no liability for loss of revenue; no liability for loss of use; no liability for loss of opportunities; no liability for loss of data or software; no liability for consequential loss.
  10. Termination: termination by either party without cause; termination by either party upon breach; termination upon insolvency.
  11. Effects of termination: surviving provisions upon termination; termination does not affect accrued rights.
  12. Status of
    first party is independent contractor not employee; no redundancy or compensation.
  13. Notices: methods and deemed receipt of contractual notices; contact details for contractual notices; substitute contact details for notices.
  14. Subcontracting: no subcontracting without consent; subcontracting permitted; first party responsible for subcontracted obligations.
  15. General: no waiver; severability; variation written and signed; no assignment without written consent; no third party rights; entire agreement; governing law; exclusive jurisdiction.
  16. Interpretation: statutory references; section headings not affecting interpretation; calendar month meaning; no ejusdem generis.


  1. Specification of Deliverables: specification of deliverables prompt.
  2. Timetable: timetable prompt.
  3. Operator
    second party materials prompt.