THIS AGREEMENT, made this [DAY] day of [MONTH], [YEAR], between [NAME], residing at [FULL ADDRESS] (hereinafter "WRITER"), and [NAME], residing at [FULL ADDRESS] (hereinafter "ARTIST"), with respect to the production of a comic-book series entitled [TITLE] (hereinafter the "WORK"), to be drawn by ARTIST and to be written by WRITER.
In consideration of the mutual promises contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the par-ties agree as follows:
1. The copyright in the WORK shall be jointly registered and held in the names of both WRITER and ARTIST.
2. Credits in the WORK shall read: "Written by WRITER; Drawn by ARTIST," unless specified otherwise in advance by both parties.
3. Royalties from the publication of the WORK and from the disposition of any subsidiary rights therein (including but not limited to films, television and merchandising) shall be divided as follows: WRITER: 50%; ARTIST: 50%; unless specified otherwise in advance by mutual agreement between the parties. Page Rates paid by publishers upon delivery of the WORK shall be excluded from this provision and shall be negotiated separately by WRITER and ARTIST on their own behalf and paid directly to the applicable party.
4. All original art created by ARTIST for the WORK, and the proceeds from the sale of such original art, shall remain the sole property of ARTIST. All scripts created by WRITER for the WORK, and the proceeds from the sale of such scripts, shall remain the sole property of WRITER.
5. No agreement for the publication of the WORK or for the disposition of any of the subsidiary rights therein shall be valid without the signature of both WRITER and ARTIST. However, either party may grant a written power of attorney to the other setting forth the specific conditions under which the power may be exercised.
6. All agreements for publication and disposition of any subsidiary rights in the WORK shall provide that each party's share shall be paid directly to him. If the parties by mutual agreement select an agent to handle the disposition of subsidiary rights in the WORK, and if the agent is authorized to make collection for the parties' account, such agent shall remit each party's one-half share direct to him. Such agent's commission will be split according to the same percentages as specified in paragraph 3 above. If the parties by mutual agreement select an attorney to handle the disposition of subsidiary rights in the WORK, such attorney's fees will be split according to the same percentages as specified in paragraph 3 above.
7. If, in any instance, either party (hereinafter "FIRST PARTY") desires to produce a sequel to the WORK (hereinafter the "SEQUEL"), and the other party (hereinafter "SECOND PARTY") is either unwilling or unable to do so, FIRST PARTY shall be free to hire another writer or artist as the case may be (hereinafter "THIRD PARTY") to work on such SEQUEL, under the following terms and conditions:
(i) Unless mutually agreed in advance by WRITER and ARTIST, THIRD PARTY shall not own any copyright, trademark or other rights in and to the WORK and/or any SEQUEL. All rights in and to the SEQUELS shall remain the sole property of WRITER and ARTIST. Any contribution of THIRD PARTY to a SEQUEL shall be done as a work-made-for-hire to the fullest extent permitted by law, and to the extent that such contribution is not considered a work-made-for-hire authored by WRITER and ARTIST in any jurisdiction, THIRD PARTY shall assign any and all rights he may have in the SEQUEL to WRITER and ARTIST.
(ii) Credits in such SEQUEL shall read: "Written by/Drawn by [names of appropriate parties]; Based on characters created by WRITER & ARTIST."
(iii) Royalties from the publication of such SEQUEL shall be divided as follows: FIRST PARTY: 50%; SECOND PARTY: 10%; THIRD PARTY: 40%. Page Rates paid by publishers shall be excluded from the scope of this paragraph and shall be negotiated separately by and paid directly to FIRST PARTY and THIRD PARTY.
(iv) Any original art created by THIRD PARTY for such SEQUEL, and proceeds from the sale of such original art, shall remain the sole property of THIRD PARTY.
8. If either party dies, the surviving party shall have the sole right to negotiate and contract for publica-tion and for the disposition of any of the subsidiary rights of the WORK, to create SEQUELS, and generally to act with re-gard thereto as if he were the sole author, subject only to the following conditions:
(i) the name of the dece-dent shall always appear on the WORK and the SEQUELS as co-creator.
(ii) the surviving party shall cause the decedent's share of the proceeds, as determined pursuant to paragraph 7(iii) above, to be paid to his estate.
(iii) the surviving party shall furnish the estate true copies of all contracts made by the surviving party pertaining to the WORK and the SEQUELS.
9. This agreement shall continue in perpetuity. This agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and shall be binding upon, the heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns of the parties. This agreement shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California.
10. All disputes arising out of this agreement shall be submitted to mediation in accordance with the rules of Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services, a program of California Lawyer for the Arts. If mediation is not successful in resolving such disputes, said disputes shall be submitted to final and bind-ing arbitration in Los Angeles. The arbitrator shall be selected and the dispute shall be submitted to arbitration in accordance with the rules of Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services. The arbitrator's award shall be final, and judgment may be entered upon it by any court having jurisdiction thereof.
Should either party retain counsel for the purpose of enforcing its rights under this agreement against the other party, then the prevailing party in any action commenced with regard to such dispute shall be entitled to receive from the other party payment or reimbursement of all costs and attorneys' fees reasonably incurred with respect thereto.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have signed this agreement as of the day and year first hereinabove written.
© 2001 Jean-Marc Lofficier.