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Sample Freelance Contract



This Agreement (“Agreement”) is made by and between the Southern Poverty Law

Center, Inc. (the “Center”) and

Elizabeth A. Zavala (“Owner”).

1. The Work: Owner will prepare a 1600-word piece on

Religion in Schools:

What’s Permitted?

(the “Work”). Owner understands that the Center may provide

editorial feedback regarding the work and agrees to cooperate during the editorial


2. Schedule: A first draft of work will be due on

April 21, 2011. The Center will

provide editorial feedback on a mutually agreed upon schedule. Subsequent drafts will

be scheduled accordingly with a final draft due

May 21, 2011.

3. Payment: In consideration of the rights granted pursuant to this Agreement, the

Center will pay Owner

$1,600.00. Payment will be made within thirty (30) days of

delivery of the finished Work to the Center, the submission of an invoice and

signed W-9

(if not already on file). If the work is unsuitable for publication, then the

Center will pay Owner thirty-three percent (33%) of this fee in lieu of the full fee.

4. The Work will be a specially ordered or commissioned piece for the Center, for

use by the Center as a contribution to a collective work. Unless otherwise noted in this

Agreement, the Center and Owner agree that the Work is, and will be considered a

work made for hire by the Owner for the Center, within the meaning of the Copyright Act

of 1976, as amended.

5. If the Work already exists as of the effective date of this Agreement, or if for any

reason the Work is not considered a work made for hire as a matter of law, then, unless

otherwise noted in this Agreement, Owner agrees to, and upon creation of the Work,

does hereby assign, transfer and deliver to the Center al the right, title, and interest in

and to the Work, including the copyright in and to the Work, and all renewals of

copyright. Owner further agrees to execute and deliver to Center, it successors and

assigns, such other instruments and documents as the Center reasonably may request

for the purpose of establishing, evidencing, and enforcing its rights in and to the Work.

6. The Owner has the right to receive authorship credit for the Work and to have the

credit removed or omitted if the Owner makes a written request for removal or omission

to the Center.

7. Owner represents and warrants: (a) that the Work will not infringe the right of any

third person or entity (including but not limited to copyright, defamation, trademark, right

of privacy, or right of publicity); (b) that all undertakings, with respect to the Work have

or will be performed by Owner or employees of the Owner acting within the scope of


8. This Agreement is the entire agreement of the parties respecting its subject

matter. Only a written and signed statement by both parties to this Agreement may

amend this Agreement. This Agreement is binding on the parties, their successors,

representatives, and assigns. It shall be deemed completed and entered into on the

date it is received by FAX or mail with all necessary signatures at the Southern Poverty

Law Center.

Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc. Owner:

400 Washington Avenue

Montgomery, Alabama 36104 ____________________________


By: Maureen B. Costello ____________________________

Director, Teaching Tolerance (Signature)







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