Model Contract
Translator Agreement

This form agreement is meant to provide an outline of the basic terms commonly found in agreements where a commissioning party (be it a playwright or a producer) wishes to have a work translated into another language. This agreement covers only the creation of the translation. Any third-party (including a commissioning producer) looking to produce the translation, must acquire a license from the playwright. 

We acknowledge that, at times, translators initiate projects and seek to retain the copyright in the translation they create, along with the right to produce the translation. If you find yourself in this situation, please call our office to see how you might modify this agreement. Keep in mind that this agreement was crafted with US law and industry standard in mind. Should you be engaged with a translator or producer overseas, we would suggest consulting with your personal attorney. 


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