What is a Copywriting Agreement?
A Copywriting Agreement is your MOST important legal document. If you only have one contract in your copywriting business, this is it!
It covers your terms of business, including scope, deliverables, revisions, payment terms and copyright assignment. Your clients will love it because it includes protections for their confidential information as well.
For every new writing engagement, you can customise this template to suit your requirements.
Do I need a contract?
Yes, absolutely! A contract protects both you and your clients.
You should always have a contract signed before you start a new copywriting job for a client.
Our Copywriting Agreement will help to set the ground rules in black and white so everyone is clear on their obligations and how everything will work. You need a proper written contract to enforce your rights and make sure your business is legally covered in case there is ever a dispute.
A contract will help avoid misunderstandings, late payments and scope creep.
Who owns the legal rights to the content?
The copywriter retains all legal rights to the work they create for the client until full payment is received. Once payment is received, they assign the copyright to the client and ownership gets transferred to the client.
All original documents supplied to the copywriter by the client will remain the property of the client.
How many revisions does the contract include?
Our Copywriter Agreement includes two rounds of revision for the original draft work, unless otherwise noted.
Any additional rounds of revision or requests for work other than a revision are considered excess work and can lead to an extended scope for the assignment and additional fees.
How do I make sure i get credit for my work?
We have included a field in the Schedule for Credit so you can make sure you get attribution credit for your work if you want to have this.
Do I get to choose my own deposit amount and payment terms?
Yes, you do!
You can specify a deposit amount as a dollar figure or a percentage of the total estimated fees.
You can also choose your own payment terms to help speed up payments from clients (e.g. 7 days).
Are there any other names for this Copywriting Agreement?
Yes, you might have also heard this contract referred to as a Copywriting Contract, Freelance Writer Agreement. Copywriting Terms and Conditions or Copywriting Services Agreement.
All of them are basically the same thing, just different names for the contract you use with your copywriting clients.
What does this Copywriting Agreement include?
Our Copywriting Agreement template covers everything you need:
★ Assignment and scope
★ Client Responsibilities, Warranty and Indemnity
★ Payment Terms
★ Intellectual Property (including assigning copyright)
★ Limitation of Liability and Indemnity
★ Dispute Resolution
Can I use the client’s name and logo to promote my work?
Yes, we have included a Promotion clause in the contract where the client provides consent for you to use their name and logo to promote your business. This includes the ability to publish samples of work (once the content has been anonymised).
Am I responsible for the accuracy of any claims made in my content or copy?
Yes, you are responsible for ensuring your work is accurate and not misleading.
Australian Consumer Law (ACL) includes a number of mandatory protections and guarantees to protect customers from unfair business practices.
It’s illegal to make false or misleading statements about products or services. The ACCC are responsible for enforcing consumer protections under the ACL and they take their job pretty seriously. Fines for false and misleading conduct can reach into the tens of thousands (in most cases, infringements for companies are fixed at $12,600) so it’s well worth the extra effort to stay on their good side!
If you’re writing advertising copy or website content, make sure you get instructions from the client in writing and keep a copy on file just in case.