Drafting a rightsholder’s agreement

I’ve worked as a client and consultant with a range of distributors, retailers and publishers, and they all have standard legal agreements to cover their relationships with each other. Reading any of them is like slogging through a Canterbury Tale, but without the ribald payoff.

I’ve recently had the tricky task of writing Paperight’s standard agreement with rightsholders. My aim is to make it as short and simple as possible, without including anything dumb or being reckless by omission. It will change over time I’m sure. You can read it here. I hope others will help me find its many faults and vulnerabilities, and we’ll fix them by making it simpler and shorter, and never more complex.