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Licensing Agreement

The Licensee and Licensor may be called individually the “Party” or collectively the "Parties." All references to the Licensee and the Licensor in this Agreement shall include, if relevant, the Parties' parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries.

This Licensing Agreement (the "Agreement") is made valid upon signature by both Parties (the “Effective Date”) 

DEFINITIONS: 

  1. Licensor: the Party who is granting the right to use the licensed property
  2. Licensee: the Party who is receiving the right to use the licensed property

GRANT OF LICENSE: 

  1. The Licensor owns the following property (the "Authored Work"): [Insert detailed description of the property that the Licensee is being given permission to use].
  2. In accordance with this Agreement, the Licensor grants the Licensee an exclusive license to use the Authored Work.
  3. This License provides the limited right to reproduce, publicly display and distribute the Authored Work only for the agreed upon terms set forth in this Agreement and signed by both Parties. The Authored Work used for any purpose not directly related to these terms must be with the express written permission of the Licensor and may include the payment of additional fees unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
  4. The Licensee may use the Authored Work however they see fit, as long as their use is otherwise within the bounds of this Agreement.
  5. The Licensor retains title and ownership of the Authored Work and derivative works will be assigned to the Licensor by the Licensee.
  6. This grant of license only applies to the following described geographical area: [Insert description of the specific geographic area where the Licensee is allowed to use the licensed work].

ROYALTY PAYMENTS:

The Licensee shall pay to the Licensor a royalty which shall be a one-time flat payment of [Insert amount and currency] paid up front at the time the Licensor grants the license to the Authored work to the Licensee.

MODIFICATIONS: 

The Licensee may freely make modifications to the Authored Work without any prior approval from the Licensor.

DEFAULTS:

If the Licensee fails to abide by the obligations of this Agreement, including the obligation to make any royalty payments when due, the Licensor shall have the option to cancel this Agreement by providing [Insert number of days] written notice to the Licensee.

The Licensee shall have the option of preventing the termination of this Agreement by taking corrective action that cures the default, if such corrective action is taken prior to the end of the time period stated above and if there are no other defaults during such time period.

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION:

The term "Confidential Information" refers to any information or materials that are proprietary to the Licensor, whether or not owned or developed by the Licensor, and which the Licensee may obtain through any direct or indirect contact with the Licensor or the Authored Works.

  1. Regardless of whether specifically identified as confidential or proprietary, Confidential Information shall include any information provided by the Licensor concerning the business, technology, and information of the Licensor and any third party with which the Licensor deals, including, without limitation, business records and plans, trade secrets, technical data, product ideas, contracts, financial information, pricing structure, discounts, computer programs and listings, source code, object code, copyrights and intellectual property, inventions, sales leads, strategic alliances, partners, and client lists. The nature of the information and the manner of the disclosure are such that a reasonable person would understand it to be confidential.
  2. The Licensee understands and acknowledges that the Confidential Information has been developed or obtained by the Licensor by the investment of significant time, effort, and expense, and that the Confidential Information is a valuable, special, and unique asset of the Licensor which provides the Licensee with a significant competitive advantage, and needs to be protected from improper disclosure.
  3. In consideration for the receipt by the Licensee of any Confidential Information, the Licensee agrees as follows:
  1. No Disclosure: The Licensee will hold the Confidential Information in confidence and will not disclose the Confidential Information to any person or entity without the prior written consent of The Licensor
  2. No Copying or Modifying: the Licensee will not copy or modify any Confidential Information without the prior written consent of the Licensor.
  3. Unauthorized Use: the Licensee shall promptly advise the Licensor if the Licensee becomes aware of any possible unauthorized disclosure or use of the Confidential Information.
  4. Application to Employees: the Licensee shall not disclose any Confidential Information to any employees of the Licensee, except those employees who are required to have the Confidential Information in order to perform their job duties in connection with the limited purposes of this Agreement. Each permitted employee to whom Confidential Information is disclosed shall sign a non-disclosure agreement substantially the same as this Agreement at the request of the Licensor.

NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE TO LICENSEE:

As of the effective date, the Licensor, grants back to the Licensee a non-exclusive royalty free license to use the Authored Work as the Licensor sees fit, for the creation of derivative works.

  1. This license back is only granted if and when the license shall not limit the Licensor rights and public rights under this license.

WARRANTIES:

Neither Party makes any warranties with respect to the use, sale, or other transfer of the Authored Work by the other Party or by any third-party and the Licensee accepts the product "AS IS."

  1. In no event will the Licensor be responsible for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages that are in any way related to the Licensee use of the Authored Work.

TRANSFER OF RIGHTS:

This Agreement shall be binding on any successors of the Parties.

  1. Neither Party shall have the right to assign its interests in this Agreement to any other Party, unless the prior written consent of the other Party is obtained.

TERMINATION:

This Agreement may be terminated by either Party by providing [Insert number of days] written notice to the other Party.

  1. This Agreement shall automatically terminate on [Insert date of termination].

ENTIRE AGREEMENT:

This Agreement contains the entire Agreement between the Parties regarding the subject matter of this Agreement, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other Agreement, whether oral or written.

SEVERABILITY:

If any provisions of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable.

  1. If a court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.

AMENDMENT:

This Agreement may be modified or amended if and only if the amendment is made in writing and signed by both Parties.

WAIVER OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS:

The failure of either Party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that Party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Agreement.

APPLICABLE LAW:

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of [Insert name of state].

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A Licensing Agreement is a document used by the owner of some form of property to give permission to some other individual to use that property.

What is a licensing agreement?

The Agreement outlines how the Licensor (the Party who owns the property) will grant the license to use their property to the Licensee (the Party who is using the Licensor's property).

This type of Agreement is used in situations where the creator of property is okay with someone else using their property but wishes to ultimately retain their rights to the property and be compensated in exchange for giving the license.

This is different than an Intellectual Property Release wherein the owner of the property gives away all of their rights to the work and does not receive continued compensation, known as royalty payments, in exchange for giving permission.

By using a Licensing Agreement, the owner of property is able to make money while also controlling how their property is used and disseminated out in the world.

How to use this document

This document can be used if an individual wants to use property that they do not own. Conversely, this document may be used by someone who would like to grant permission to another person to use their property.

This document allows the Parties to specify the length of use and how the property is utilized.

The Parties should describe the work being licensed in as much detail as possible, including information about the quality of the work that will be delivered from the Licensor to the Licensee for the Licensee's use.

Applicable law

There are no laws outlining what must be put into a Licensing Agreement.

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