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Joint Authors Software Agreement

Under the Copyright Code, any joint author of a work can license the work's reproduction, subject to sharing of the compensation. This agreement provides a more formal framework and insures input from all parties.

[Name] and [Name] do herewith agree:

That the parties hereto are joint authors of a copyrightable work entitled:

which was completed on or about [Date]. This agreement shall be binding on the successors, heirs and assigns of the joint authors.

Which work was published on [Date].

Which work has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, and given certificate [number].

Each party hereto, provided that proper credit is given may use portions of this work, not exceeding ______ words, in any future work by joint author. Further, each may use this work as a basis for a new derivative work. Proper credit shall consist of stating prominently in the work "portions reprinted with permission of [Name] and [Name], from their copyright [work], copyright [year], all rights reserved.

Either author may authorize reprinting of work in non-commercial academic journals or presses, provided that proper credit is given for the use. Proper credit shall consist of stating prominently in the work "portions reprinted with permission of [Name] and [Name], from their copyright [work], copyright [year], all rights reserved.

All exploitation of this work for commercial advantage shall require unanimous consent of the parties. Any royalties or other consideration shall be equally divided among the co-authors.

Each co-author grants to the other co-author the right of first refusal to sell their interest in the copyright. Either co-author shall have the right to purchase the same on the same bona fide conditions and terms as may be negotiated between the other author and the prospective purchaser. The co-author exercising the right of first refusal shall have (--) days after notice to accept the same, and an additional (--) days after acceptance to close.

No modification of this Agreement will be effective unless it is in writing and is signed by both parties. Time is of the essence of this contract. This Agreement binds and benefits both the Buyer and Seller and any successors. This document, including any attachments, is the entire agreement between the Buyer and Seller.

Amendments of this agreement shall be by mutual consent of the parties only in writing.

Arbitration. Any disputes pertaining to the the said contractual arrangement being affairs that cannot be settled amicably shall be submitted to an arbitrator under the Rules of the American Arbitration Association or like organization in the City of [city], whose award may be reduced to judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction.

Severability. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid or enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.

Waiver Of Agreementual Right. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Agreement.

No Representations. Neither party has made any representations nor promises, other than those contained in this agreement or in some further writing signed by the party making the representation or promise.

Interpretation. This Agreement will in all events be construed as a whole, according to its fair meaning, and not strictly for or against a party merely because that party (or the party's legal counsel) drafted the Agreement. The headings, captions, and titles in this legal Agreement are merely for reference and do not define, limit, extend, or describe the scope of this Agreement or any provision herein. Unless the context requires otherwise, (a) the gender (or lack of gender) of all words used in this Agreement includes the masculine, feminine, and neuter, and (b) the word including means including without limitation.

Advice Of Legal Counsel. Each individual party to this Agreement represents and warrants to each other party that such party has read and fully understands the terms and provisions hereof, has had an opportunity to review this Agreement with legal counsel, and has executed this Agreement based upon such party's own judgment and advice of independent legal counsel.

Invalid Provisions. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable under any present or future law, then that provision will be fully severable. This Agreement will be construed and enforced as if the illegal, invalid, or unenforceable provision had never comprised a part of this Agreement, and the remaining provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect and will not be affected by the illegal, invalid, or unenforceable provision or by its severance from this Agreement. Furthermore, in lieu of each such illegal, invalid, or unenforceable provision, there will be added automatically, as a part of this Agreement, a provision as similar in terms to such illegal, invalid, or unenforceable provision as may be possible and be legal, valid and enforceable.

Further Assurances. In connection with this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby, each party to this Agreement will execute and deliver any additional documents and perform any additional acts that may be necessary or appropriate to effectuate and perform its obligations under this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written. This Agreement supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties.

Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of [State].

Time of The Essence. Time is the essence of this agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this agreement the day and year as first above written at _________ (City), ________ (State).

Dated: ______________



*** If Required By State Law ***

This Section for Notary:


State of _________

County of ________ [County]

On [Date] before me, [Name of Notary], notary, personally appeared [Name of Person(s) Involved], personally known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.

Witness my hand and official seal.

Signature ________

My commission expires: _____