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UPLOAD REQUESTED DOCUMENTS
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All of the documents noted on your “Requested Documents List” are defined below. Please remember:
You only need to remit the documents listed on your personalized checklist.
Sometimes an “agreement” may be an email exchange rather than a full contract. Please send us anything you have in relation to the topic. Err on the side of giving us more.
Digital copies are preferred, but not necessary.
Printed Work - Copy of the play, musical, or song that is being bequeathed. Examples: libretto, lyrics, script, or sheet music.
Marketing Materials – Copies of any materials used to publicize the work. Examples: brochures, programs/playbills, posters, etc.
Audio Visual Materials - Recorded copy of the work. Examples: CDs, DVDs, MP3 files, or videotapes.
Copyright Registration - An official document from the US Copyright Office that states the author owns the copyright to the work. Click here for an example.
Collaboration Agreement - An agreement between co-authors that details their division of royalties, responsibilities, and overall working relationship.
Non-Authorial Collaboration Agreement - An agreement with a collaborator who is not an author, that grants them a share of royalties. For example, a director.
Underlying Rights Agreement - An agreement that secures an author’s right to use someone else’s copyrighted material. For example, a playwright may have an underlying rights agreement with a novelist to adapt the novel into a play.
Life Rights - Any agreement in which a subject grants the author the right to develop their life story into a musical or play. DG©M is also looking for interview release forms or other documents relating to the right to use a subject’s story.
Recording Agreement - Any agreement the author may that relates to the audio or audio-visual recording of the work.
Digital Online Use Agreement - An agreement that gives a company the right to distribute all or part of the work online via streaming, e-publishing, etc.
Legal Memoranda - Any legal documents relating to claims made on behalf of or against the author or the author’s script. For example, if an estate protested an author’s script, if a third-party claimed the author’s script was infringing on their own work, or if the author’s script was infringed upon.
Agreement with Performing Rights Organization - An agreement between the author and an organization that allows for the organization to negotiate licensing for nondramatic, public performances of songs. Examples: agreements made with ASCAP or BMI.
Agency Agreement – An agreement between the author and an agent (or similar representative) that allows for the agent to negotiate on behalf of the author.
Music Publishing Agreement – An agreement between the author and a music publisher that gives the music publisher the right to distribute sheet music and license the song. Examples: agreements made with Concord, Hal Leonard, or The Musical Publishing Company.
Publication Agreement - Agreement between a publisher and the author for that publisher to reproduce or license the work on the author’s behalf. Examples: agreements made with MTI, DPS, or Samuel French.
Derivative Rights Agreement – Any agreement in which the author gave another party the right to create a work based on the author’s existing work. Examples: translations, musical arrangements, abridgements, novelizations, or film adaptions.
Future Interests - Any agreement that offers future production rights, billing rights or subsidiary rights to a theater or producer.
Codicil or Will for Review - The unsigned version of the author’s will or codicil that DG©M will review.
Executed Will - The author’s signed will, after review by the DG©M.