Contributing to Product Design Contract
This Contract is between
[Your Name Here]
Founder & President of,
The Vibe-Tribe, LLC;
a Delaware limited liability company (the “Product Designer”).
The Contract is dated [the date both parties sign].
First Published: May 18th, 2022
Last Edited: May 21st, 2022
1. WORK AND PAYMENT.
1.1 Project. The Contributor is hiring ‘ The Vibe-Tribe, LLC ‘ as a Product Designer to do the following: Create 12, 24, 36, 48, 96, or 144 products throughout the course of 1 year.
1.2 Schedule. The Product Designer will begin work on [the date both parties sign] and must finish the work by [a year after both parties sign].
1.3 Payment. The Contributor will pay the Product Designer a flat fee of $1,200.00 (USD). Of this, the Contributor will pay the Product Designer $1,200.00 (USD) before work begins, for 12 products; 1 product per month. Only 100 of this product will be printed.
The Contributor will pay the Product Designer a flat fee of $2,400.00 (USD). Of this, the Contributor will pay the Product Designer $2,400.00 (USD) before work begins, for 24 products; 2 products per month. Only 100 of each of these products will be printed.
The Contributor will pay the Product Designer a flat fee of $3,600.00 (USD). Of this, the Contributor will pay the Product Designer $3,600.00 (USD) before work begins, for 36 products; 3 products per month. Only 100 of each of these products will be printed.
The Contributor will pay the Product Designer a flat fee of $4,800.00 (USD). Of this, the Contributor will pay the Product Designer $4,800.00 (USD) before work begins, for 48 products; 4 products per month. Only 100 of each of these products will be printed.
The Contributor will pay the Product Designer a flat fee of $9,600.00 (USD). Of this, the Contributor will pay the Product Designer $9,600.00 (USD) before work begins, for 96 products; 8 products per month. Only 100 of each of these products will be printed.
The Contributor will pay the Product Designer a flat fee of $14,400.00 (USD). Of this, the Contributor will pay the Product Designer $14,400.00 (USD) before work begins, for 144 products; 12 products per month. Only 100 of each of these products will be printed.
1.4 Expenses. The Contributor will reimburse the Product Designer’s expenses when it comes to product production & delivery fees. Expenses do not need to be pre-approved by the Contributor.
1.5 Invoices. The Product Designer will invoice the Contributor at the end of the project, per month for the expenses. The Contributor agrees to pay the amount owed within 7 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 10.0% per month on the outstanding amount.
1.6 Support. The Product Designer will not provide support for any deliverable once the Contributor accepts it, unless otherwise agreed in writing.
1.7 The Contributor’s Payment. The Contributor agrees to be paid 20% total revenue of each sale from their Designed Product. That (“Designed Product”) is defined as the merchandise or product created from the Artwork sent to The Vibe-Tribe, LLC by the (“Contributing Artist”)
2. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSES.
2.1 Contributor And Product Designer Owns All Merchandise and/or Product (Work Product). As part of this job, the Product Designer is creating “merchandise” or “products” for the Client. To avoid confusion, merchandise and/or products are the finished product, as well as drafts, notes, materials, mockups, hardware, designs, inventions, patents, code, and anything else that the Product Designer works on—that is, conceives, creates, designs, develops, invents, works on, or reduces to practice—as part of this project, whether before the date of this Contract or after. The Product Designer hereby gives the Contributor this work product once the Contributor pays for it in full, this counts as an expense the Contributor is responsible for. This means the Product Designer is giving the Contributor all of its rights, titles, and interests in and to the work product (including intellectual property rights), and the Contributor will be the sole owner of it. The Contributor can use the merchandise and/or product however it wants or it can decide not to use the merchandise and/or product at all. The Contributor, for example, can modify, destroy, or sell it, as it sees fit.
2.2 Product Designer’s Use Of Work Product. Once the Product Designer gives the work product to the Contributor, the Product Designer still owns all rights to it. The Contributor gives permission to use the merchandise and/or product as part of portfolios and websites, in galleries, and in other media. The Contributor gives permission to sell or otherwise use the work product to make money or for any other commercial use. The Contributor is not allowed to take back this license, even after this Contract ends.
2.3 Product Designer’s Help Securing Ownership. In the future, the Contributor may need the Product Designer’s help to show that the Contributor owns the work product or to complete the transfer. The Product Designer agrees to help with that. For example, the Product Designer may have to sign a patent application. The Contributor will pay any required expenses for this. If the Contributor can’t find the Product Designer, the Product Designer agrees that the Contributor can act on the Product Designer’s behalf to accomplish the same thing. The following language gives the Contributor that right: if the Contributor can’t find the Product Designer after spending reasonable effort trying to do so, the Product Designer hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Contributor as the Product Designer’s agent and attorney-in-fact, which appointment is coupled with an interest, to act for the Product Designer and on the Product Designer’s behalf to execute, verify, and file the required documents and to take any other legal action to accomplish the purposes of paragraph 2.1 (Contributor Owns All Merchandise and/or Product).
2.4 Product Designer’s IP That Is Not Work Product. During the course of this project, the Product Designer might use intellectual property that the Product Designer owns or has licensed from a third party, but that does not qualify as “work product.” This is called “background IP.” Possible examples of background IP are pre-existing code, type fonts, properly-licensed stock photos, and web application tools. The Product Designer is not giving the Client this background IP. But, as part of the Contract, the Product Designer is giving the Client a right to use and license (with the right to sublicense) the background IP to develop, market, sell, and support the Client’s products and services. The Client may use this background IP worldwide and free of charge, but it cannot transfer its rights to the background IP (except as allowed in Section 11.1 (Assignment)). The Client cannot sell or license the background IP separately from its products or services. The Product Designer cannot take back this grant, and this grant does not end when the Contract is over.
2.5 Product Designer’s Right To Use Client IP. The Product Designer may need to use the Contributor’s intellectual property to do its job. For example, if the Contributor is hiring the Product Designer to build a website, or create merchandise, the Product Designer may have to use the Contributor’s logo. The Contributor agrees to let the Product Designer use the Contributor’s intellectual property and other intellectual property that the Contributor controls to the extent reasonably necessary to do the Product Designer’s job. Beyond that, the Contributor is not giving the Product Designer any intellectual property rights, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Contract. However, if the Contributor gives permission to edit any intellectual property, the Product Designer holds the right to owning all rights to that edited version.
3. COMPETITIVE ENGAGEMENTS. The Product Designer won’t work for a competitor of the Contributor until this Contract ends; and, vice-versa. To avoid confusion, a competitor is any third party that develops, manufactures, promotes, sells, licenses, distributes, or provides products or services that are substantially similar to the Contributor’s or Product Designer’s products or services. A competitor is also a third party that plans to do any of those things. The one exception to this restriction is if the Product Designer or Contributor asks for permission beforehand and the Contributor or Product Designer agrees to it in writing. If the Product Designer or Contributor uses employees or subcontractors, the Product Designer or Contributor must make sure they follow the obligations in this paragraph, as well.
4. NON-SOLICITATION. Until this Contract ends, the Product Designer and Contributor won’t: (a) encourage Contributor or Product Designer employees or service providers to stop working for the Contributor or Product Designer; (b) encourage Contributor or Product Designer customers or clients to stop doing business with the Contributor or Product Designer; or (c) hire anyone who worked for the Contributor or Product Designer over the 12-month period before the Contract ended. The one exception is if the Contributor or Product Designer puts out a general ad and someone who happened to work for the Contributor or Product Designer responds. In that case, the Product Designer may hire that candidate. The Product Designer and Contributor promises that it won’t do anything in this paragraph on behalf of itself or a third party.
5.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.
5.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.
5.3 Product Designer Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Product Designer promises that it owns the work product, that the Product Designer is able to give the work product to the Contributor, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Product Designer uses employees or subcontractors, the Product Designer also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Product Designer giving the Product Designer any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Product Designer’s background IP and work product.
5.4 Product Designer Will Comply With Laws. The Product Designer promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.
5.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Product Designer promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights, that the Product Designer has the right to let the Contributor use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Product Designer has entered into or will enter into with someone else.
5.6 Client Will Review Work. The Contributor promises to review the work product, to be reasonably available to the Product Designer if the Product Designer has questions regarding this project, and to provide timely feedback and decisions.
5.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Contributor provides the Product Designer with material to incorporate into the work product, the Contributor promises that this material does not infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights.
6. TERM AND TERMINATION. This Contract ends on [a year after both parties signed], unless the Contributor or the Product Designer ends the contract before that time. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 11.4. The Product Designer must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice, unless the notice says otherwise. If either party ends this Contract before the Contract automatically ends as explained in the first sentence of this paragraph, the Contributor will pay the Product Designer a guaranteed payment of $50.00 (USD) and the Contributor will reimburse the Product Designer for any agreed-upon, non-cancellable expenses. The following sections don’t end even after the Contract ends: 2 (Ownership and Licenses); 3 (Competitive Engagements); 4 (Non-Solicitation); 5 (Representations); 8 (Confidential Information); 9 (Limitation of Liability); 10 (Indemnity); and 11 (General).
7. INDEPENDENT PRODUCT DESIGNER. The Contributor is hiring the Product Designer as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:
– The Product Designer will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.- The Contributor will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Product Designer is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.- The Contributor will not provide the Product Designer with any training.- The Contributor and the Product Designer do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.- The Product Designer cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Contributor unless agreed by both parties to do so.- The Product Designer is not entitled to the Contributor’s benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).- The Product Designer is responsible for its own taxes.- The Contributor will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Product Designer or any of the Product Designer’s employees or subcontractors.
8. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.
8.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Contributor and the Product Designer must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.
8.2 The Client’s Confidential Information. While working for the Contributor, the Product Designer may come across, or be given, Contributor information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Product Designer promises to treat this information as if it is the Product Designer’s own confidential information. The Product Designer may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Contributor lets the Product Designer use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the Product Designer cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Contributor gives the Product Designer written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Product Designer may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Product Designer must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The Product Designer promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Contributor gives the Product Designer written permission first. The Product Designer must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Product Designer’s responsibilities only stop if the Product Designer can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Product Designer came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Product Designer came across it, but not because of anything the Product Designer did or didn’t do; (iii) the Product Designer already knew the information when the Product Designer came across it and the Product Designer didn’t have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Product Designer with the information without requiring that the Product Designer keep it a secret; or (v) the Product Designer created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Contributor.
8.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It’s possible the Contributor and the Product Designer each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Contributor and the Product Designer each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Contributor or the Product Designer is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.
9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.
10.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Contributor or the Product Designer or both. For example, if the Contributor gets sued for something that the Product Designer did, then the Product Designer may promise to come to the Contributor’s defense or to reimburse the Contributor for any losses.
10.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Product Designer agrees to indemnify the Contributor (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Product Designer has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Product Designer of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Product Designer of the promises it is making in Section 5 (Representations).
10.3 Product Designer Indemnity. In this Contract, the Contributor agrees to indemnify the Product Designer (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Contributor of its obligations under this Contract.
11.1 Assignment. This Contract applies only to the Contributor and the Product Designer. The Product Designer cannot assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the Contributor’s written permission. In contrast, the Contributor may assign its rights and delegate its obligations under this Contract without the Product Designer’s permission. This is necessary in case, for example, another Contributor buys out the Contributor or if the Contributor decides to sell the work product that results from this Contract.
11.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.
11.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Contributor and the Product Designer must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.
(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party’s address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.
(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.
11.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that’s the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.
11.6 Signatures. The Contributor and the Product Designer must sign this document using The Vibe-Tribe’s e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.
11.7 Governing Law. The laws of the state of Massachusetts govern the rights and obligations of the Contributor and the Product Designer under this Contract, without regard to conflict of law principles of that state.
11.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties’ final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.
THE PARTIES HERETO AGREE TO THE FOREGOING AS EVIDENCED BY THEIR SIGNATURES BELOW.
The Vibe-Tribe, LLC
Gabriel Pronovost, Owner