The – We Own Everything You Create – Clause

by February 20, 2009

Fallon and The Roots

In navigating this creative enterprise called STCR we have come across a few over the top intellectual property clauses. Like the one that goes something like this: ‘Please don’t send us any unsolicited work, but if you do we reserve the right to use it without compensation to you.’ Or the one where they have interest in hiring you so they ask you in for a discovery meeting and tell you that any ideas you may come up with during the meeting are owned by them (the folks at 1515 Broadway love to use this one).

So I wasn’t terribly surprised to find out that as Jimmy Fallon’s house band, every song that The Roots play and rap on air is owned by NBC Universal. Hence the band’s creation of 100’s of Late Night exclusives. But it raises this question: If an employer wanted to hire you for 1 year giving them total access to all of your creative ideas (yes even the really really good ones you want to keep for yourself) what would be your minimum price?

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