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ann dubois <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Sep 2006 10:22:43 -0400
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          Erica: I sign contracts with that kind of clause all the time.It's
usually standard. They just want to be sure your  your work is original to
you and if their is an ownership problem down the line they're protected. As
you know from discussions on Sci-Art people using other peoples work is not
that unusual. They are probably getting more professional in their contracts
because they had a problem or they're get some good legal advice.I have
never been concerned about this clause in a contract.
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From: "Hannah Bonner" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 5:59 AM
Subject: Re: [SCIART] Help with contract issue

> Erica,
> Are you sure you can't work it to your taste? What sort of conduct
> would warrant the clause? Perhaps you could find out what exactly
> they are worried you'll do and if it is things you wouldn't dream of
> doing anyway, then there's nothing wrong with writing into the
> contract that they are not liable for any lawsuits stemming from say
> gross negligence in your use of art materials,  or grossly
> inappropriate conduct with regard to the students. I hate legal
> departments and what they are doing to every publisher and
> institution and I think it's great that we stand up to them. I just
> mean that just as we are happy to sign a clause saying we will not
> plagiarize illustrations, because it's fair that we take
> responsibility for that, it may be worth finding out if they have any
> legitimate concerns. If not, or if they will only accept vague
> wording that could mean that you are stuck with a lawsuit because
> some student's nutty mom has a gripe with the class, then good for
> you for being unwilling to sign.
> Good luck! I hope the "nameless one" behaves!
> Hannah