Contributing Author Terms

ParentCo. Contributing Author Terms

Effective Date: February 01, 2022

Last Updated: May 03, 2022


This Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into as of the date entered below, 2022 (“Effective Date”) by and between LLC, a Delaware limited liability company located at 3333 Piedmont Road, N.E., Suite 1800, Atlanta, Georgia 30305 (“ParentCo”), and Contributor ("Contributor”) identified below.  For the payment of fees, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereby agree as follows:

“Content” means articles, written information, still images, and related materials provided by Contributor to ParentCo in connection with its website located at, or any related publication.  Content shall be original and newly created, and not been previously used, published, publicly displayed, licensed, or otherwise commercially exploited, and as further described in paragraph 3 below.

By using the site (the “Site”) and submitting a Request to Publish to contribute an article containing Content for publication on (a “Guest Post”), whether accessed via computer, mobile device, or other technology, manner, or means, you, the Contributor, agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement as of the Effective Date, which is a binding legal agreement between Contributor and ParentCo.

  1. Scope of Agreement. This Agreement relates to, among other things, the creation of Content, including articles to be contributed to the website and any related publications. Nothing in this Agreement shall obligate ParentCo to exercise any of the rights granted herein or be interpreted as a commitment by ParentCo to sell, market, distribute, make available or advertise the Content in any way and ParentCo shall have the right to remove the Content at any time, at ParentCo’s sole discretion.
  1. In consideration of Contributor’s creation and assignment to ParentCo of the Content, ParentCo. If Author’s Guest Post is published, Contributor acknowledges and accepts that the recognition received as well as any promotion from ParentCo and links to Contributor’s bio, profile, website, or ParentCo Publications are good and valuable consideration for the Content.  If Contributor decides to submit Content to ParentCo, Contributor does so with the knowledge that Author is not entitled to any monetary compensation without a signed Statement of Work executed by both ParentCo and Contributor in connection with this Agreement.
  1. Grant of Rights. Contributor acknowledges that all the copyrightable aspects of the Content, including all content contained in the Request to Publish, the Guest Post, and any original images or original audio or visual recordings (“Original Media”)(collectively, the “Content,” as further defined above), are deemed “works made for hire” as that term is defined in Section 101 of the United States Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 101 and are the property of ParentCo. ParentCo, or any of its affiliates, business partners, subsidiaries or assignees shall have the right to secure copyright protection for the Content.  If, for any reason, any of the Content is not deemed to be “works made for hire,” Contributor hereby assigns, conveys, and transfers all of its right, title and interest, throughout the world, in and to the Content to ParentCo, and, including, without limitation, all rights in perpetuity of reproduction, display, transmission, distribution and exploitation in any form or media, whether now known or later developed or perfected, all rights to prepare derivative works and to secure copyright and intellectual property protection for the Content, throughout the world.  Contributor understands that ParentCo may, in its own discretion, incorporate any such Content into print and online publication(s), including but not limited to, modify the Content, or otherwise choose to use or not use the Content as ParentCo sees fit.  Contributor agrees to execute any instruments that ParentCo, in its sole discretion, may deem necessary to further carry out such assignment or to protect ParentCo’s rights in the Content.
  1. Services. This Agreement describes the terms under which Contributor will provide the Content. Contributor will comply (and will cause its employees and sub-contributors, if any, to comply) with this Agreement.
  1. Rejection and Approval Rights. ParentCo. reserves the right to reject and not pay for Content not delivered in accordance with the specifications provided by ParentCo for the Content. ParentCo shall not be required to use Contributor’s services or the Content. Rejection of Content may result in the termination of this Agreement, in which case Contributor will receive any fees payable for any Content and deliverables accepted by ParentCo through the effective date of termination, and Contributor will refund to ParentCo any and all amounts paid by ParentCo in excess of those fees.
  1. Contributor Approval Rights. Contributor hereby waives any moral or similar rights it may have in the Content and acknowledges and agrees that ParentCo shall not be required to submit to Contributor any materials in any form that contain the Content for any approval prior to any use. Contributor hereby waives the right to inspect those materials.
  1. Representations and Warranties. Contributor represents and warrants that (a) all Content provided to ParentCo by Contributor are the sole and original works of Contributor, or Contributor shall be the exclusive owner or otherwise have obtained all licenses, rights, releases, and permissions from any third parties necessary for the unrestricted use of those materials by ParentCo in any manner throughout the world, including manner described herein, in perpetuity, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights therein; (b) the Content has not been published or any other website, forum, chat, or social media network; (b) Contributor has the full right, power and authority to enter into and perform this Agreement and to grant to and vest in ParentCo all rights set forth in this Agreement, free and clear of any and all claims, rights, and obligations whatsoever; and (c) use of the Content by ParentCo as provided hereunder or any of its subsidiaries or assignees will not infringe upon (whether direct or contributory), misappropriate, or otherwise violate the proprietary rights or personal rights of any third party or otherwise subject ParentCo to any royalty, residual, union, guild or other fees or payment obligations, or attribution of any type by ParentCo to any third party. Contributor further represents and warrants that it has enforceable written agreements with all of its employees and sub-Contributors who shall be involved in any project under this Agreement assigning to Contributor ownership of all copyrights and other proprietary rights in the Content created in the course of their engagement.
  1. Indemnification. Contributor will defend, indemnify and hold ParentCo, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives from and against any loss, damage, or expense, including court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees, that ParentCo, its successors, assigns, or licensees may incur as a result of a breach or alleged breach of any of Contributor’s representations, warranties, or obligations under this Agreement. ParentCo shall have the right to approve any settlement of any claim covered by this Section and shall have the right to participate in the defense and settlement of any such suit or proceeding with counsel of its own choosing.
  1. Relationship Between the Parties. Contributor performs its obligations as an independent Contributor, and this Agreement does not create any agency, partnership, joint venture, or other form of joint enterprise between the parties. Contributor has no authority to bind ParentCo by contract or otherwise. Contributor acknowledges that ParentCo may engage any other entity to provide similar services, and ParentCo is not obligated to enter into any further agreement with Contributor or to engage Contributor for additional services.
  1. This Agreement may not be assigned by Contributor without the prior written consent of ParentCo. ParentCo shall have the right to freely assign this Agreement, in whole or in part, or delegate its obligations under this Agreement without the consent of Contributor.
  1. Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia, excluding its conflicts of laws principals. If there is an action, claim, suit, or demand that allegedly arises from or relates to this Agreement, the parties submit to the jurisdiction of Georgia State Courts located in Fulton County, Georgia, and the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
  1. Miscellaneous. No waiver, modification, or addition to this Agreement is valid unless in writing and signed by the parties. This Agreement will be binding upon our successors, assigns, and representatives. This Agreement constitutes our complete and entire agreement, supersedes any prior agreements and discussions, and will only be considered effective when executed by both of us, which may be in separate documents, but which together will be considered one complete document If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, then that part will be limited to the extent enforceable, or deleted, and it will not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of this Agreement. We may execute this Agreement via digital signature, and that digital signature will have the same legal effect as an ink-signed executed copy of this Agreement for all purposes.