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Joint Copyright Authors Agreement

AGREEMENT made on [Date] by and between [Name] of [Address], hereinafter referred to as "First Party" and [Name] of [Address], hereinafter referred to as "Second Party", agree as follows:

That the parties hereto are joint authors of a copyrightable work entitled: [Enumerate].

Said copyrightable work 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 [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, [Title], copyright [Date], 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, [Title], copyright [Date], 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.

The failure of a party to object to, or to take affirmative action with respect to, any conduct of the other which is in violation of the terms of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of the violation or breach or of any future violation, breach, or wrongful conduct until (--) days since the wrongful act or omission to act has passed.

Any provision hereof prohibited or unenforceable under any applicable law of any jurisdiction shall as to such jurisdiction be ineffective without affecting any other provision of this Agreement. To the full extent, however, that the provisions of such applicable law may be waived, they are hereby waived to the end that this Agreement be deemed to be a valid and binding agreement enforceable in accordance with its terms.

This Agreement may be executed in several counterparts and when so executed shall constitute shall constitute one agreement binding on all the parties, notwithstanding that all the parties are not signatory to the original and same counterpart.

All exhibits referred to in this Agreement are incorporated herein in their entirety by such reference.

All cross-references in this Agreement, unless specifically directed to another agreement or document, refer to provisions in this Agreement, and shall not be deemed to be references to any overall transaction or to any other agreements or documents.

The various headings and numbers herein and the grouping of provisions of this Agreement into separate divisions are for the purpose of convenience only and shall not be considered a part hereof. The language in all parts of this Agreement shall in all cases be construed in accordance to its fair meaning as if prepared by all parties to the Agreement and not strictly for or against any of the parties.

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.

The paragraph headings contained herein are for convenience of reference only and are not to be used in the construction or interpretation hereof.

The invalidity or unenforceability of any portion of this Agreement shall not affect the remaining provisions and portions hereof.

This Agreement including any attachments is the entire agreement between the parties and there are no other promises or conditions in any other written agreement.

This Agreement supersedes any prior oral agreements between the parties.

This Agreement shall be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective heirs, administrators, successors, and assigns.

Neither this agreement nor any right or interest thereunder shall be assigned in any respect whatsoever.

This instrument contains all of the agreements of the parties. No oral or other statements shall be binding on either of the parties hereto.

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

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].



[Name], First Party


[Name], Second Party

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]