Thursday, June 7, 2012

An Overview of Contract Analysis

Before you sign on the dotted line...

When an artist, writer or other creative person gets a contract from a publishing or distribution company it can be a confusing and stressful situation. Almost all artists dream of the day when a large company is ready to give them a deal for their work, but very few of them understand the language in contracts and how that language will affect thier ownership of their creation or the money they can make. This is the point where an artist needs professional advice from someone who understands how contracts are written.

This is the service that I provide. My main legal specialty is providing legal analysis of contracts for artists and creators. I break down and explain each paragraph of the contract in straightforward terms, so you can make an informed business decision on what conditions you can and can't agree to. This will give you the confidence you need to discuss the agreement with your potential business partner and sign a contract that protects your rights and puts you in a position to profit from your creativity now and in the future.

There is a long list of creators in music, publishing, television and film who signed away all the rights to their original work because they didn't understand what the contracts they signed. The analysis that I provide is designed to prevent that. Of course, there are many situations where the main goal of the artist is up front payment or exposure. There are times when you might be willing to accept a deal that is not set up in your favor. But even in that case, it is better to know what you are signing and how it will affect your rights and income going forward. A C3 review will give you that.

If this is something you are interested in, please leave a comment below or contact me at and we can set up a free call to discuss the specifics of your situation.

Gamal Hennessy, Esq

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