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Help with agreement for "pro bono" work from someone

jeffsimon1jeffsimon1 subscriber Posts: 1
edited July 2008 in Business Planning

I`m hoping you can provide some advice concerning a start-up that I am working on.  I have begun work on a startup corporation, business plan, etc.  As part of this, I had a collegue sign an NDA and then revealed the business plan.  He is very interested in getting involved and offering his services designing marketing materials, web site, etc., without immediate compensation or equity.  His goal is that, if it moves ahead, he would have an opportunity to run a `branch` of the business in


(I live in MA).


We have loosely discussed that I would be interested in this type of plan, not offering equity, but offering some form of future franchise opportunity, or employment with profit sharing for his location.  It`s a little challenging, because it is too early to work out a very specific agreement about what he would get, when, etc.  And, he is not asking for these guarantees at this time.


My question is: What agreement should I have I place with him prior to allowing him to do this "pro bono" work?  I want to ensure that I own the work product, and especially that he is not automatically getting a right to some form of equity in the company.


  • phantomindeeaphantomindeea subscriber Posts: 3
    Jennifer has it right. At the very least you need an assignment agreement of some kind or other legally binding contract that outlines the work to be delivered and who owns what. It sounds like what you need is a "work for hire" agreement, where the corporate entity owns all product outright.
  • jeffsimon1jeffsimon1 subscriber Posts: 1
    Thanks for the input.  I drafted an MoU clearly stating the arrangement, that all rights and IP developed belonged to the corporation, term, etc.
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