Here are what animators should include in their terms and conditions:
1. Clear definitions and descriptions of what products or services will be provided.
(ex: script, storyboard, illustrations, voiceover, number of revisions included, etc.)
2. Conditions relating to delivery or performance
(ex: where you sell your products, the time and place of delivery, deadlines, revision conditions, etc.)
3. Setting out any guarantees or warranties, disclaimer, limitation of liability, and indemnity offered in respect of the products/services to be supplied.
4. Payment terms including consequences of failure to pay.
(ex: compensation, remaining balance, additional or late payment, taxes, deposits/initial deposits, refunds, etc.)
5. Ownership provisions and protection of confidential information.
(ex: intellectual and proprietary property owned by you, the studio or the production company, deliverables or products owned by or licensed to the client, use of client data, etc.)
6. The term of the contract and what notice is required to get out of it.
7. Consequences of failure by either party to meet their obligations, such as subsequent termination of the contract.
8. Which law or regulations shall govern the contract.
9. Other specific issues you must cover in your T&Cs.
(ex: the right for a client to return products or cancel a contract within a specified time, measures to take when there's breach of contract, or when a client or the studio is unresponsive, etc.)
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