Contracts for every occasion: Total assignment of copyright

Give up your copyright. Use this sample contract to transfer copyrights to someone else, or customize it to specify which rights you retain.

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This is a sample form for a total assignment of copyrights. This particular form assigns (transfers ownership) of all the rights of copyright. By using this form, the assignor (the person making the transfer) does not keep or retain any rights. If the assignor wants to retain any rights at all, they must be clearly specified in the assignment.



This Assignment is made this ___ day of ________________ between, ___________________("Assignor"), and______________________("Assignee") whose address is ____________________________.

For valuable consideration, receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged the parties hereby agree as follows:

1. Assignor represents and warrants that he/she is the sole owner of all rights in and holds the complete and undivided copyright interest to the following Work:

[Insert a precise description of the works to be assigned. 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 If the works have been submitted for registration, the identification should include the registration number of the copyright registration application and the title thereof. To avoid any misunderstandings, a copy of the actual registration should also be attached to the assignment as an exhibit].

2. Assignor does hereby sell, assign, and transfer to Assignee, its successors and assigns, the entire right, title and interest in and to the copyright in the Work and any registrations and copyright applications relating thereto and any renewals and extensions thereof, and in and to all works based upon, derived from, or incorporating the Work, and in an to all income, royalties, damages, claims and payments now or hereafter due or payable with respect thereto, and in and to all causes of action, either in law or in equity for past, present, or future infringement based on the copyrights, and in and to all rights corresponding to the foregoing throughout the world. 

3. Assignor agrees to execute all papers and to perform such other proper acts, as Assignee may deem necessary to secure for Assignee or its designee the rights herein assigned. 

In witness whereof, the parties have executed this Agreement, effective this _____ day of __________________________ , ___ . 

By: _______________________ 


By: _______________________ 



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