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    Content Writers - Content Agreement Exclusive rights

    I have hired 2 content writers recently. They are writing content for my website. I am thinking of getting a signed agreement which will give me exclusive rights of the articles and content written by them.

    Any standard template available for this agreement.

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    No there isn't. You should have this agreement in your initial contract with the writers. Copyright is a set of rights of ownership to intellectual property and agreement to transfer some or all of those rights should be made before the beginning of any project, not after the work has been done.
    Linda Jenkinson
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    Many content writers simply assume this to be the case. Ask them both about it.
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    Word Painter silver trophy Shyflower's Avatar
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    If content writers assume that copyright is automatically transferred, they don't know their business.

    Unfortunately, you are right though and that is the pathetic truth.

    Moreover, it is up to the writer to define which of the rights in the copyright umbrella they will transfer to a client unless "if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire." US Copyright Office
    Linda Jenkinson
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