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Creative Works Agreement

THIS AGREEMENT is made this [Date], by and between [Name] of [Address], hereinafter referred to as the "Publisher", a company organised, and existing under the laws of the State of [State], and [Name] of [Address], hereinafter referred to as the "Writer", do hereby agree to the following:

WHEREAS, the Writer is commissioned to write an article of approximately (---) words, with a working title of (name). This legal and written agreement represents services contracted by the Publisher for the Writer to provide creative commercial services for the following project: (descibe project).

Terms of Payment. The Publisher agrees to pay the Writer the sum of [$------] upon receipt and acceptance of the work. The labor provided is on a "work for hire" basis and the Publisher will retain and own all rights to said work. The Publisher shall have the right, after acceptance, to "kill off" the article, and shall pay the Writer one-half [1/2] of the agreed compensation, and shall release first rights, worldwide, to the Writer. The Publisher shall retain the right to republish the article upon paying the difference between the kill fee and the agreed fee for the


Entire Agreement. This agreement, in its entirety, contains the full understanding of the parties. It may not be changed orally but only by an instrument in writing signed by the party against whom enforcement of any change, extension, modification, waiver or discharge is sought.

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


the Publisher


the Writer


This Section for Notary:


STATE OF -------)

) ss: [date]

COUNTY OF ------)

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.


[Name of Notary Public]

My commission expires: [date]