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I want to work with a ghost writer to write my biography. I…

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I want to work with a ghost writer to write my biography.

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

I am in Colorado, my ghost writer is in Oregon

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

We have agreed to a start date of June 29th. it will prolly be an on-line ZOOM or Facetime.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

1. Who owns the copywrite?

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­­Hi. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney. I would be happy to provide assistance. Please keep in mind that our conversation does not include an attorney‑client relationship and this is for general information purposes only.

Answer: There is a very simple way to ensure that you won the copyright. It is known as a Work-Made-for-Hire Agreement. This type of agreement is provided for in the Copyright Act and allows one individual to hire another for a project, but ensure that the hiring party is the sole copyright holder.

You can find a template for such a type of agreement by clicking here.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thank you. I do have more questions. 1.) Do people typically split income from the sale of the book? 2.)What other legal issues are typical with this kind of author/ghost writer arrangement? 3.) Do we need at working agreement of some sort about (A) who has editorial responsibilities/control? (B) Timeline to completion? (C) Who has Marketing responsibilities?
  • 1.) Do people typically split income from the sale of the book? Not necessarily. It wholly depends on your agreement between you and the writer.
  • 2.)What other legal issues are typical with this kind of author/ghost writer arrangement? There is no other legal issue that specifically arises from this type of matter. You will just want to make sure to have a written contract outlining each person's responsibilities, in order to make the relationship 100% clear.
  • 3.) Do we need at working agreement of some sort about
    • (A) who has editorial responsibilities/control? Yes, see above.
    • (B) Timeline to completion? Yes, see above.
    • (C) Who has Marketing responsibilities? Yes, see above.
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Do you know if there is/are book(s) about this topic that could help me craft such an agreement?

You can click here to view a sample agreement. You will have to modify it for your specific needs.

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