Writing the CD-ROM Development Contract (Quebec) document
THIS AGREEMENT is made this Current Day day of Current Month, Current Year by and between Company Name ("Developers") and Company Name ("Customer"). Developers have experience and expertise in the development of multimedia (digital media, graphic design, computer programming, web sites and CD-ROM presentations). Multimedia created by Developers includes: CD-ROMs, web sites, computer programming, flash animations, graphics and other multimedia created or licensed by Developers.
Customer desires to have Developers develop multimedia for them. Developers desire to develop Customer's Presentation on the terms and conditions set forth herein (the "Presentation"). As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings;.
"Customer" shall mean "Company Name". "Developers" shall mean "Company Name". "Presentation" shall mean the project according to the terms and specifications as set out in the schedules to this contract as agreed and amended by the parties hereto. "Specifications" shall mean for the purpose of each separate contract the specifications as set out and agreed to by the parties, and any amendments thereto, as attached hereto as Schedule B.
"Dollars" All amounts referenced herein shall mean currency of Canada. "Material" shall mean all of Developer's and third parties' material described in Schedule C.
"Schedules" - The following are the Schedules attached hereto and are incorporated by reference into this agreement:
Schedule A - Terms and other conditions for the development of the Presentation. Schedule B - Specifications that are applicable to Customer's Presentation. Schedule C - List of Material owned by Developer and third parties.
Schedule D - Addresses specified for the parties to this Agreement.
In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in this Agreement, Customer and Developers hereby agree as follows:
Development of Presentation
Developers agree to develop the Presentation according to the terms and specifications set forth in Schedule B attached hereto.
Developers agree to develop the Presentation pursuant to the specifications set forth in Schedule B attached hereto (the "Specifications").
Delivery of Presentation
Developers will use reasonable diligence in the development of the Presentation and endeavour to deliver to Customer a Presentation based on the Specifications no later than 60 days after all required media has been received from Customer. Customer acknowledges, however, that this delivery deadline, and the other milestones listed in Schedule B are estimates, and are not required delivery dates.
Except for any exclusive rights, titles, interests into any and all trade-marks, logos, intellectual properties and Confidential Information which Customer may have at any time adopted, used, registered or intended to use during the term of this Agreement in Canada, USA or in any other country and provided by Customer, Developers shall hold all right, title, and interest in and to the Presentation. Specifically, but without limitation, Developer shall hold all right, title, and interest in and to (1) all text, graphics, animation, audio components, and digital components of the Presentation (the "Content"), (2) all interfaces, navigational devices, menus, menu structures or arrangements, icons, help and other operational instructions, and all other components of any source or object computer code that comprises the Presentation, (3) all literal and nonliteral expressions of ideas that operate, cause, create, direct, manipulate, access, or otherwise affect the Content, and (4) all copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and other intellectual or industrial property rights in the Presentation or any component or characteristic thereof. Customer shall not do anything that may infringe upon or in any way undermine or challenge any of Developers' right, title, and interest in the Presentation, as described in this paragraph 4.
Notwithstanding the above, Customer shall retain all of its intellectual property rights in any text, images or other components it owns and provides to Developers for use in the Presentation.
For all of Developers' services under this Agreement, Customer shall compensate Developers, in cash, pursuant to the terms of Schedule A attached hereto. In the event Customer fails to make any of the payments referenced in Schedule A by the deadline set forth in Schedule A, Developers have the right, but are not obligated, to pursue any or all of the following remedies: (1) terminate the Agreement, (2) remove all web sites, hosting and tracking resources for Presentation, (3) avail itself of any other right available at law, equity or otherwise bring legal action, (4) keep Customer's deposit and credit it towards development time and costs already incurred for the Presentation. The rights and remedies set out in this Agreement are cumulative, and the exercise of any right shall not exhaust all rights or preclude Developers from exercising any one or more right or remedy.
Customer and Developers acknowledge and agree that the Specifications and all other documents and information related to the development of the Presentation provided by Developers (the "Confidential Information") are confidential and constitute valuable trade secrets of Developers. Customer shall keep the Confidential Information in confidence and shall not, at any time during or after the term of this Agreement, without Developers' prior written consent, disclose or otherwise make available to anyone, either directly or indirectly, all or any part of the Confidential Information. Excluded from the "Confidential Information" definition is anything that can be seen by the public on the Presentation when each page of the Presentation is first accessed.
Limited Warranty and Limitation on Damages
Developers warrant the Presentation will conform to the Specifications for a period of 30 days from the date of shipment by Developers. If the Presentation does not materially conform to the Specifications, Developers shall be responsible to correct the Presentation without unreasonable delay, at Developers sole expense and without charge to Customer, to bring the Presentation into material conformance with the Specifications. This warranty shall be the exclusive warranty available to Customer. Except as expressly set out herein, Customer waives any other warranty, condition or representation, express or implied.
Customer acknowledges that Developers do not warrant that the Presentation will work on all platforms. Customer acknowledges that Developers are not responsible for the results obtained by Customer on the Presentation. Customer acknowledges that Developers are not responsible for fixing problems on Presentations, once mass produced after Customer has tested, proofed and approved their Presentation. Under no circumstances will Developers be liable to Customer for any claim for damages, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special howsoever caused or arising, even if such damages are reasonably foreseeable.
Customer agrees that its sole and exclusive remedy for damages (either in contract or tort) is the return of the consideration paid to Developers as set forth in Schedule A attached hereto.
Developers agree that they are retained as independent contractors and not as employees, associates, joint-venture partners or legal representatives of Customer. It is the intention of the parties that Developers will be fully responsible for payment of all withholding taxes, including, but not limited to; their own provincial and federal income taxes paid under this Agreement. The parties agree that Customer will not withhold or pay any income tax, Workers' Compensation Board Assessments, contributions or any other similar charges in respect of Developers' personnel, and any other payroll taxes on Developers' behalf. Developers understand and agree that they will not be entitled to any employee benefits that Customer provides for its employees generally or to any statutory employment benefits, including without limitation, company pension plans, profit sharing plans, worker's compensation, or employment insurance.
Developers agree to indemnify Customer for any and all claims made by any lawful government authority for all statutory withholding taxes and deductions not paid by Developers and claimed against Customer for monies paid pursuant to this Agreement, and remitted thereto by Customer to such authority or claims against Customer from Developers' partners, associates and employees.
Customer agrees to make available to Developers, for Developers' use in performing the services required by this Agreement, such items of hardware and software as Customer and Developers may agree are reasonably necessary for such purpose.
1 Entire Agreement
This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all prior agreements or understandings, written or oral, between the parties related to the subject matter hereof. No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless made in writing and signed by all of the parties hereto.
2 Proper Law of Contract
This agreement shall be governed by the Laws of the Province of Quebec and the laws of Canada applicable therein, without regard to choice of law principles. The parties further agree and understand that notwithstanding any regulations, rulings or conventions under any conflict of laws in any jurisdiction, that regardless of where the contract is executed and entered into, the parties have agreed that the laws of the province of Quebec and Canada, as applicable, shall govern this contract. The parties hereby agree to attorn to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Quebec for the commencement of any action hereunder, other than applications for injunctive relief.
3 Binding Effect
This Agreement shall be binding upon and enure to the benefit of Customer and Developers and their respective successors and assigns, provided that Developers may not assign any of their obligations under this Agreement without Customer's prior written consent.
The waiver by either party or its employees, officers, directors, agents or representatives of any breach or failure to enforce any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time shall not in any way affect, limit or waive such party's right thereafter to enforce and compel strict compliance with every term and condition of this Agreement.
5 Good Faith
Each party represents and warrants to the other that such party has acted in good faith, and agrees to continue to so act, in the negotiation, execution, delivery, performance, and any termination of this Agreement.
6 Ownership of Photographs and Media
Developers may use some of their own photographs and other media for the Presentation. Developers retain all right, title and interest in such photographs and other media, other than hereby granting Customer a non-exclusive right to use those photographs and media, and only on the Presentation. Customer's right to use of Materials will be revoked if the Agreement is breached.
7 No Right to Assign
Customer has no right to assign, sell, modify or otherwise alter the Presentation, except upon the express written advance approval of Developers, which consent can be withheld for any reason.
Customer warrants that everything it provides Developers to put on the Presentation is legally owned or licensed to Customer. Customer agrees to indemnify and hold Developers harmless from any and all claims brought by any third party relating to any aspect of the Presentation, including, but without limitation, any and all demands, liabilities, losses, costs and claims including attorney's fees arising out of injury caused by Customer's products/services, material supplied by Customer, copyright infringement, and defective products sold via the Presentation.
9 Use of Presentation for Promotional Purposes
Customer grants Developers the right to use the Presentation for promotional purposes including public display, inclusion in Developers' marketing material and programs and/or to cross-link it with other marketing venues developed by Developers now or in the future.
10 No Responsibility for Theft
Developers have no responsibility for any third party copying, reverse engineering or improper use of any or all of the Presentation.
11 Right to Make Derivative Works
Developers have the exclusive rights in making any derivative works or modifications of the Presentation, source code or other methods or practices developed and employed by Developers.
12 Attorney's Fees
In the event any party to this Agreement employs an attorney to enforce any of the terms of the Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its actual attorney's fees and costs, including expert witness fees.
13 Identification of Developers
Customer agrees that Developers' trademarks, logos and web links will be placed, and remain, on the credits page of the Presentation. Customer also agrees to put Developers' copyright notices on the Presentation and the relevant content therein, and maintain such proprietary notices at all times.
14 No Responsibility for Loss
Including Hardware or Software Compatibility Issues or User Behaviour. Developers make no representations or warranties whatsoever express or implied, statutory or otherwise, including without limitation fitness of purpose, custom or usage, or merchantability regarding hardware or software compatibility, "Y2K" issues, Operating System compatibility and/or any and all improper use of the Presentation by an end-user, individual or other third party.
15 Transfer of Rights
In the event Developers are unable to continue maintenance of the Presentation, non-exclusive rights to the object code version of the Presentation will be granted to Customer. Transfer of Rights does not apply to non-transferable third party licenses and proprietary Material owned by Developers.
16 Replication of CD-ROMs or other Digital Format
Customer must use Developers to replicate or copy any additional Presentations produced on CD-ROM or other Digital Format (DVD, PAL, Video or otherwise).
17 Replication of Multimedia
Customer may not replicate or copy any of the multimedia or artwork owned by Developers without the express written permission of Developers.
18 Cover Art
Customer agrees there may be differences in printed and screen proofs of artwork and screened artwork on final mass duplicated CD-ROMs.
19 Reverse Engineering
Customer may not decompile, deconstruct or otherwise reverse engineer the Presentation, whether in whole or in part, without Developers' prior approval.
20 Final Approval
A final proof will be provided to Customer prior to mass production or replication and or release of the Presentation and identified to Customer as such. Customer assumes full responsibility to make sure that the final proof is correct in all capacities, including, but not limited to: grammar, spelling, information, content, artwork, copyright and functionality. Developers shall not be held responsible for errors and omissions.
21 Project Backups, Copies, or Source Maintenance
Developers shall only be responsible for maintaining backups, copies or other versions of any source or master files, whether developed by Developers or not, for a period of one year from the date of this agreement. Customer agrees to hold Developers harmless from any damage, loss of data, theft or other event that may occur to any photographs, source code, master or other digital files, digital media, print outs, documents or other Customer-owned material given to Developers during the course of this agreement. Customer may arrange, in writing, for Developers' copies to be maintained in escrow in the event Developers go out of business, cannot maintain copies of source or master files, or as otherwise required by Customer.
22 Expiration of Services Related to Project
Any externally linked services provided by Developers that the CD-ROM may require, including but not limited to: tracking features, email hosting, forwarding, autoresponders, submission forms and general web hosting, will expire one year from the date of this agreement. External services related to CD-ROMs and Presentations created by Developers are not guaranteed to be fully functional in areas requiring access to Internet services after this date and may require an updated version be created at extra cost for updates and reduplication. Developers are not liable or responsible at any time for any damages resulting from any third party services the CD-ROM or Presentation may use, or changes made to externally linked services that are not provided directly by Developers. Developers will make every effort to test any third party or externally linked resources that Customer requires, and will present to Customer proof that all externally linked services are present and in working condition prior to signoff and replication.
Developers are not responsible for maintaining any of the data, features or reports that third party services may provide.
The parties hereto acknowledge that they have requested and are satisfied that the present agreement be drawn up in English. Les parties reconnaissent qu'elles ont exigé que la présente convention soit rédigée en anglais et s'en déclarent satisfaites.
Each party represents and warrants that, on the date first written above, they are authorized to enter into this agreement in entirety and duly bind their respective principals by their signature below: