What is a Copyright Licensing Agreement?

What is a Copyright Licensing Agreement?

Copyright license agreements are an essential component to the protection of intellectual property. Essentially, these agreements seek to revolutionise the application of copyrighted material from one creator to the general public. However, its usage does come with legal limitations which you must be aware of before signing a copyright license agreement. This article will detail handy tips to know when entering and signing a copyright licensing agreement.

Table of Contents

What is a Copyright Licensing Agreement?

A copyright licensing agreement aims to allows the public to use your copyrighted material for a specific purpose, limited to certain period of time. Alternatively, the agreement can also allow you to use another copyrighted material for a specific purpose, limited to a certain period of time. To put simply, a copyright license agreement seeks to secure the determined arrangements of copyright material usage in writing. For example, as the creator of the material you specify that a particular art gallery can only use your material for display purposes for 1 year. It is worth noting that this type of agreement can only be for one copyrighted material. That is, if you want to licence two pieces of written material you will need to produce and sign two copyright licensing agreements.

Benefits of a Copyright Licensing Agreement

One of the main benefits of establishing this particular agreement is the flexibility which it can bring. You are able to set guidelines for the use of a copyright licensing agreement. Moreover, copyright licence agreements will ensure that you remain the author of the material at all times. This also means that you hold the ultimate decision in the type of payment for your copyrighted material. Furthermore, the copyright agreement seeks to allow the creator the right to exclude people from unauthorised use of the work.

Find the perfect lawyer to help your business today!

Get a fixed-fee quote from Australia's largest lawyer marketplace.

What does a Copyright Licensing Agreement contain?

It is important that you understand the essential elements of a copyright licensing agreement to avoid legal disputes.

Generally, the different sections of a copyright licensing agreement are:

  • Names of parties along with the work that is in use
  • Statement of acknowledgment for the owner of the work
  • Dates of the agreement
  • Geographical locations which the license agreement will apply
  • Third party usage
  • Payment
  • Exclusive terms of license
  • How the work is to be used and its restrictions
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Noncompete agreement
  • How the agreement is to be terminated

Of particular importance, the agreement assumes that the creator owns copyright of the material. Thus, each agreement will need to be tailored accordingly to each type of material that is to be bound under this license. It is recommended that you consult a lawyer to ensure that your rights are covered.

Final Thoughts

In summary, it is crucial that you understand when to use a copyright licensing agreement and its main features to avoid legal liability. Determining when to use this agreement is imperative to protecting your intellectual property. If you believe your work has been used without your consent, you can issue a cease and desist prior to commencing legal action.

Don't know where to start?

Contact us on 1800 529 728 to learn more about customising legal documents, obtaining a fixed-fee quote from our network of 600+ expert lawyers or to get answers to your legal questions.

You may also like
Recent Articles

Get the latest news

By clicking on 'Sign up to our newsletter' you are agreeing to the Lawpath Terms & Conditions

Share:

Register for our free live webinar today!

Tax Strategies for Small Business Success

12:00pm AEDT
Thursday 25th July 2024

By clicking on 'Register for webinar' you are agreeing to the Lawpath Terms & Conditions

You may also like

The 2024 Federal Budget has unveiled a comprehensive package of measures designed to support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Australia, while also laying the groundwork for a "Future Made in Australia."
Default interest clauses can help protect lenders' interests, but sometimes they will not be enforceable. Find out more here.
Lying on your resume to get a job is never a good idea. In fact obtaining employment through fraud can actually land you in jail.

Thank you!

Your registration is confirmed. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email with details on how to watch the webinar.