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Business: Contracting for Creative Pros

Seth Polansky

About this course

In this course—specifically designed for creatives—professor, contract attorney, indie film producer, and musician Seth Polansky explains how to protect yourself when presented with an industry contract. Media and entertainment companies spend billions of dollars every year on creative talent. Get an overview of the types of contracts that you can expect to see, the situations in which a particular type is used, and the specific red flags inherent in each. Seth discusses NDA, work-for-hire and contractor agreements, and proposals, quotes, and SOWs.



Disclaimer: This course is taught by an attorney and addresses US law concepts that may not apply in all countries. Neither ThinkTAP Learn nor the instructor represents you and they are not giving legal advice. The information conveyed through this course is akin to a college or law school course; it is not intended to give legal advice, but instead to communicate information to help viewers understand the basics of the topic presented. The views (and legal interpretations) presented in this course do not necessarily represent the views of ThinkTAP Learn.


Topics include:

  • Why do you need a contract?
  • Types of contracts
  • Asking for an NDA
  • Work-for-hire and contractor agreements
  • Proposals, quotes, and statements of work
  • Licensing agreements
  • Delivery and payment terms

 

Curriculum1h

  • Preview
    Welcome
  • Legal Disclaimer
  • Who Should Use this Course & How?
  • Introduction to Contracts
  • What's a Contract & Why Do I Need Them?
  • Preview
    What Types of Contracts Do Creatives See?
  • When Do I Need an Attorney?
  • NonDisclosure Agreements (NDA's)
  • What Are NDAs?
  • When Should I Ask for an NDA?
  • Anatomy of an NDA
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Work for Hire & Contractor Agreements
  • What Is a Work for Hire or Contractor Agreement?
  • What, Exactly, Does "For Hire" Mean?
  • Anatomy of a Work for Hire/Contractor Agreement
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Proposals, Quotes, & Statements of Work (SOW)
  • What Are Proposals, Quotes & SOWs?
  • What Should Be in My Proposal or Quote?
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Preview
    What Does It Mean to License Your Work?
  • Types of Licenses (Perpetual Exclusive, Perpetual Non-Exclusive, Time Limited)
  • When to Use Each Type of License
  • Anatomy of a License Agreement
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • The Most Important Parts of Any Contract
  • Choice of Law (What State/Country Laws Will Apply)
  • Work Ownership & Delivery
  • Payment Terms & Invoicing Terms
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Resources
  • Resources
  • Conclusion

About this course

In this course—specifically designed for creatives—professor, contract attorney, indie film producer, and musician Seth Polansky explains how to protect yourself when presented with an industry contract. Media and entertainment companies spend billions of dollars every year on creative talent. Get an overview of the types of contracts that you can expect to see, the situations in which a particular type is used, and the specific red flags inherent in each. Seth discusses NDA, work-for-hire and contractor agreements, and proposals, quotes, and SOWs.



Disclaimer: This course is taught by an attorney and addresses US law concepts that may not apply in all countries. Neither ThinkTAP Learn nor the instructor represents you and they are not giving legal advice. The information conveyed through this course is akin to a college or law school course; it is not intended to give legal advice, but instead to communicate information to help viewers understand the basics of the topic presented. The views (and legal interpretations) presented in this course do not necessarily represent the views of ThinkTAP Learn.


Topics include:

  • Why do you need a contract?
  • Types of contracts
  • Asking for an NDA
  • Work-for-hire and contractor agreements
  • Proposals, quotes, and statements of work
  • Licensing agreements
  • Delivery and payment terms

 

Curriculum1h

  • Preview
    Welcome
  • Legal Disclaimer
  • Who Should Use this Course & How?
  • Introduction to Contracts
  • What's a Contract & Why Do I Need Them?
  • Preview
    What Types of Contracts Do Creatives See?
  • When Do I Need an Attorney?
  • NonDisclosure Agreements (NDA's)
  • What Are NDAs?
  • When Should I Ask for an NDA?
  • Anatomy of an NDA
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Work for Hire & Contractor Agreements
  • What Is a Work for Hire or Contractor Agreement?
  • What, Exactly, Does "For Hire" Mean?
  • Anatomy of a Work for Hire/Contractor Agreement
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Proposals, Quotes, & Statements of Work (SOW)
  • What Are Proposals, Quotes & SOWs?
  • What Should Be in My Proposal or Quote?
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Preview
    What Does It Mean to License Your Work?
  • Types of Licenses (Perpetual Exclusive, Perpetual Non-Exclusive, Time Limited)
  • When to Use Each Type of License
  • Anatomy of a License Agreement
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • The Most Important Parts of Any Contract
  • Choice of Law (What State/Country Laws Will Apply)
  • Work Ownership & Delivery
  • Payment Terms & Invoicing Terms
  • Clauses/Terms/Language to Look Out for
  • Resources
  • Resources
  • Conclusion