This is a master use and sync audio copyright license agreement. It was drafted for the
artist as part of a multipart and multiparty deal for the production of theme music to be synced with streaming video.
Beginning with the most subordinate contract and working backwards up the chain of relationships, the
artist subcontracted with a
producer for creation of the audio, and the
producer in turn subcontracted with its
buyer for the same, which originally contracted with the
programmer that sought the audio for theme music over streaming video. This license was incorporated into the serial production contracts by reference and attached to them as an exhibit. The
artist retained ownership of the copyright as an independent contractor, the product specifically not made as work for hire, but passed a limited license through the
producer up to the
programmer via their respective production contracts. The various licensees were specifically contemplated in subordinate licenses as third-party licensees.
The license was designed for use in a multiparty arrangement. Transfer and assignment was limited to named and contemplated parties and affiliates. The licenses and production contracts were co-dependent, though the license would supersede in the event of conflict. Please note that therefore the license contains only a fraction of all provisions that defined the contractual nature of the relationships, and that some references in the license are without an included source. The arrangement allowed the client
artist to achieve stated goals:
- receive the work through cascading subcontracts;
- retain ownership of the copyright and a measure of discretion over usage; and
- pass a limited license up the cascade, but stop transfer at its end.
Attention was given to the disaggregation of component parts to treat the digital product at a granular level.
Generic party terms are indicated by
Please also note that the LICENSE.md document is a [CC0] (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) license for the copyright license itself. The LICENSE.md document is not the copyright license.
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