Certificate of Authorship - Work Made for Hire - Short Form

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This Certificate of Authorship is created for literary material for use in a motion picture which is commissioned by a production company or purchaser. The literary material is considered a work for hire. This form is for use in your state and is ready for immediate download.

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This Certificate of Authorship is designed for literary material which was commissioned by a production company/purchaser for use in a motion picture. The material covered by this Certificate of Authorship is considered a “work for hire” as defined under United States Copyright Law. Having a well-written Certificate of Ownership for a work made for hire will prove invaluable in the event of disagreements or misunderstandings.

This Certificate of Authorship (Work Made for Hire) contains the following:
  • Parties: Sets forth the name of the commissioned work and the name of the production company/purchaser of the work;
  • Copyright: The writer certifies that any copyrights in the work will remain with the commissioning party;
  • Signature: The writer and production company/purchaser must both sign the document.

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This attorney-prepared packet contains:
  1. General Information
  2. Certificate of Ownership – Work for Hire
State Law Compliance: This form complies with the laws of your state
Number of Pages2
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
EditableYes (.doc, .wpd and .rtf)
UsageUnlimited number of prints
Product number#27959
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Certificate of Authorship
I hereby certify that all literary material submitted and to be submitted by me in connection with a motion picture photoplay tentatively entitled _____________________________(name of property) constitutes a work specially ordered or commissioned by ____________________________________(name of production company/purchaser) for use as part of motion picture or other audio-visual works, pursuant to my employment with (production company/purchaser), and all material shall be considered a “work-made-for-hire” as that term is defined under U.S. copyright law, and __________________________________________(name of production company/purchaser) is and will be the author thereof and is and  will be entitled to the copyright therein (and all renewals and extensions thereof) with the right to make such changes therein and uses thereof as it may from time to time determine as such author.
                                                                                                                                        _______________________ (name of Writer)                                                                         (“Writer”)   
AGREED TO AND ACCEPTED:                                                                                                 
(Name of Production Company)                                                                                            
 By: ______________________                                                                                                                                                                   Its: _______________________    
Date: ______________________     
 [An acknowledgement may be appended to this form.]
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