Contracts for every occasion: Nonexclusive copyright license

Allow visitors to use copyrighted material, with conditions. Check out this example of a nonexclusive copyright license.

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This is a sample of a nonexclusive copyright license. A license grants permission to use the copyrighted material according to its terms. The terms can dictate such things as the duration, and how and when any of the five rights of copyright can be used. When a license is not exclusive, it means that the same rights may also be granted to others.

This particular form is designed for Internet use. It grants the nonexclusive rights to display the material on a Web site. It also allows the licensee (persons receiving the rights) to let their Web site users print, download, or email the materials for noncommercial purposes.



_________________(The "Copyright Owner") hereby grants ______________________

("Licensee") permission to copy, display and distribute copies of ____________________________ (the "copyright work"),

[Insert a precise description of the works to be licensed. Include all identifying details, including where and when it was previously published. If a hard copy is available insert at the end of the description "as show in the attached exhibit A" and mark and attach the hard copy]

for a period of three (3) years commencing _________ and ending _____________, and to incorporate the copyright work, in whole or in part, into derivative works.

Display rights of the Licensee shall be limited to display only on Licensee's current web sites. Licensee's right to distribute shall be limited to distribution only through Licensee's current web sites, and Licensee shall allow users of its web sites only to 1) copy or download the copyright work for personal non-commercial use, and 2) to transmit copies by email, for their personal, non-commercial use only; provided that users agree not to change or delete any copyright or proprietary notices.

The Copyright Owner retains all other rights in the copyright work, including without limitation, the right to copy, distribute, publish, display or modify the copyright work, and to transfer, assign or grant license of any such rights 



                        Copyright Owner

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