Content Copyright Assignment/Transfer
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Content copyright assignment transfer template for content creators, graphic designers, photographers. small business legal template for creative busines

Content Copyright Assignment/Transfer

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This Content Copyright Assignment/Transfer helps you secure the copyrights for any original material that was created by someone else on your behalf if you didn’t have any kind of writing/contract that talked about copyright ownership.

This document is perfect for small companies, brands, and influencers who have gotten creative help from a service provider or freelancer and want to make sure that they USE that content in their business in whatever ways they want.  

Perfect for:

  • Freelance graphic designers
  • Social media consultant
  • Copywriter
  • Virtual assistant
  • Assistant
  • Independent contractor help
  • Photographer
  • OR anyone else who has created something -- ANYTHING that you use in your business. If you did not have something IN WRITING about who owned the rights to it -- then the CREATOR of the work automatically has the rights. Even if you “paid” for it. Even if you used a website, or freelancer service, and even if the creator “thinks” you have the rights. Be sure -- be thorough -- and get this assignment as a fill-in to make sure that you have rights to your logo, website, Instagram template, and all of the other magic that has become a treasured part of your brand!!

Useful for:

  • social media posts
  • Videos
  • Podcasts/audio clips
  • live video or other live or story-format content campaigns
  • Graphics
  • Photography
  • Logos
  • Original Hand-lettered work
  • Illustrations
  • Patterns
  • Website copy
  • Sales copy
  • Blog articles
  • Guest posts

This is NOT the right fit if:

  • You only want part of the copyrights or “ bundle of sticks” transferred from the CREATOR to the COMPANY. If so -- use the Limited Rights Copyright Transfer.
  • You still need to negotiate how much money will be paid for the content. This agreement is a simple release that assumes the Creator is fine with you having the rights. Ideally, you will have an independent contractor agreement or a client service agreement to cover copyright ownership + all the other legal details


  • Template in an editable Word .doc format with customizable fields/options
  • 3-page instruction PDF on how to use the template and customize it to YOUR business
  • License to use the template for your business purposes (you can send to an attorney, make it available for your attendees, or those you are doing business with, on your team and theirs). 

Jurisdiction: This template jives with US principles of contract law and works best for United States business owners.  While similar principles may apply in your jurisdiction, please consult with a local attorney.

Disclaimer: The template includes instructions to customize the form for your particular business and creative needs. While this is an attorney-drafted document, the online landscape changes quickly and decisively and nothing in this transaction or document establishes an attorney-client relationship. If you have questions about the contract terms and whether it fits your specific vision, operations or strategy -- please contact an attorney who practices in this area. Brittany Ratelle, LLC is NOT a law firm and cannot offer you legal advice in applying this document to your particular fact-situation. The information offered on or should be considered informational only and is NOT LEGAL ADVICE.