Sample Copyright License Agreement (For Text and Written Works)

Below is a sample copyright license agreement for text and written work. if you are the author, you representative agent or publishing company will send this to the filmmaker/licensee if the license is available for use in a movie in adaptation or for a print run of so many books to sell.

Conversely, if you are looking for the rights to works, you may find the licensor of the work and call or email if the rights are available and they agree on terms, they will send you a copyright license agreement like this below. Please reply for any questions to the post or at

Sample Text Permission and Copyright Agreement

___________________ (“Licensor”) is the owner of rights for certain textual material defined below (the “Selection”). _____________________(“Licensee”) wants to acquire the right to use the Selection as specified in this agreement (the “Agreement”).

Licensor Information
Title of Text (the “Selection”): ________________________
Author: ____________________________
Source publication (or product from which it came): _____________________________
If from a periodical, the ISSN, volume, issue and date. If from a book, the ISBN: __________________________
If from the Internet, the entire URL: __________________________
Number of pages or actual page numbers to be used: _____________________________

Licensee Publication Information
The Selection will appear in the following publication(s) (the “Work”): _____________
(check if applicable and fill in blanks)
[ ] book– title: ______________________________
[ ] periodical– title: _____________________________________
[ ] event handout– title of event: _________________________________________
[ ] website– URL: ___________________________________
[ ] diskette– title: ___________________________________
Name of publisher or sponsor: ___________________________________
Author(s): _____________________________________
Estimated date(s) of publication or posting: ________________________________
Estimated number of copies to be printed or produced (if a book, the estimated first print run): __________________
If for sale, the price: $_____________________
If copies are free to attendees of a program, cost of program: ______________________
If a Website, indicate the average number of visitors per month: ____________________

Grant of Rights
Licensor grants to Licensee and Licensee’s successors and assigns, the:
(select one)
[ ] nonexclusive
[ ] exclusive
right to reproduce and distribute the Selection in:
(select all that apply)
[ ] the current edition of the Work.
[ ] all editions of the Work.
[ ] all foreign language versions of the Work.
[ ] all derivative versions of the Work.
[ ] in all media now known or later devised.
[ ] in promotional materials published and distributed in conjunction with the Work.
[ ] other rights __________________________________

The rights granted under this Agreement shall be for __________________ (the “Territory”).

Licensee shall pay Licensor as follows:
(select one and fill in appropriate blanks)
[ ] Flat Fee. Licensee shall pay Licensor a flat fee of $__________ as full payment for all rights granted. Payment shall be made:
[ ] upon execution of this Agreement
[ ] upon publication
[ ] Royalties and Advance. Licensee agrees to pay Licensor a royalty of _____% of Net Sales. Net Sales are defined as gross sales (the gross invoice amount billed customers) less quantity discounts and returns actually credited. Licensee agrees to pay Licensor an advance against royalties of $____________ upon execution of this Agreement. Licensee shall pay Licensor within 30 days after the end of each quarter. Licensee shall furnish an accurate statement of sales during that quarter. Licensor shall have the right to inspect Licensee’s books upon reasonable notice.

Credit & Samples
(check if applicable and fill in blanks)
[ ] Credit. All versions of the Work that include the Selection shall contain the following statement: _________________________________________________
[ ] Samples. Upon publication, Licensee shall furnish ____________ copies of the Work to Licensor.

Licensor warrants that it has the right to grant permission for the uses of the Selection as specified above and that the Selection does not infringe the rights of any third parties.

This Agreement may not be amended except in a written document signed by both parties. If a court finds any provision of this Agreement invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall be interpreted so as best to effect the intent of the parties. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of _______________. This Agreement expresses the complete understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter and supersedes all prior representations and understandings.

By: ______________________
Name: _____________________
Title: _____________________
Address: _____________________
Date: ________________

By: ______________________
Name: _____________________
Title: _____________________
Address: _____________________
Date: ___________________
Tax ID # ________________________


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