The Law Office of Robert A. Falk
A Massachusetts Law Practice
Telephone 781-989-2373

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Work For Hire Agreements

No royalties for you!

Personal Management Agreements

Recording Agreements

Production Areements

Producers' Agreements

Publishing & Co-Publishing Agreements

Copyright & Trademark

Intra-Band Agreements

Business Organization

Merchandising Agreements

Rights of Publicity

Endorsement Agreements

Licensing Agreements

Confidentiality Agreements

Work-for-Hire Agreements

Performance Agreements, Technical & Hospitality Riders

Employment Agreements

Independent Contractor Agreements

Session Musician Agreements

Touring Sideman Contracts

Photographers' Agreements & Releases

Talent Releases

Music Business Consulting


Internet Marketing Consulting

Fan Clubs


In the abstract, there is nothing at all wrong with work-for-hire agreements. In fact, we advise many of our clients to hire their studio musicians - and other creative types, like photographers and graphic artists - under work-for-hire contracts.

What isn't right is having someone take advantage of you:

• Did you understand that you were being hired for a work-for-hire gig, or is this paper something that got stuck in your face when you went to get paid? Don't let someone hold up your payday with unfair demands...

• What is the intended use of the material you are contributing to? It's one thing if the work is for a demo; it may be another deal entirely if you are tracking a master. Is the deal you are being offered enough now if you are waiving all future payment?

Some times work-for-hire is the right way to go. Sometimes it is not. Each situation calls for thoughtful analysis, and should never be a last minute, take it or leave it proposition.

To discuss this or any other matter
please contact Rob Falk
, or
by telephone at (781) 989-2373