Re: client refuses content responsibility

Subject: Re: client refuses content responsibility
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 20:00:46 -0700

Your contract should contain a clause that specifies that it is "work for hire"
(it may already say it, most do). This provision assigns "corporate authorship"
to the client. It does not provide you with an ironclad protection against
liability for issues arising from the content (someone injured by a product will
usually try to sue anyone associated with it in any capacity and juries can
blame anyone whose looks they don't like), it does add weight to the argument
that the document, its content and the responibility for it are solely the
property of the client..

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "Will Husa" <will -dot- husa -at- 4techwriter -dot- com>
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Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 5:26 PM
Subject: client refuses content responsibility


> Hi All,
>
> I've been negotiating with this new client for five weeks now for a new
> writing project.
>
> So far, I've given in to all their demands except content responsibility. I
> want them to be responsible for final say of the content. They refuse to
> include any reference to content responsibility in the contract.
>
> This project could lead to bigger things, but their refusal to accept
> content responsibility bothers me.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Will
>
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http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

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