View Full Version : Contracts

11-02-2007, 10:21 AM
Contracts are quickly killing my brain. You know all of those little contracts you never read like EULAs and agreements when you sign up with another website? Well when you run a company you have to actually read them or someone will eventually screw you. In the last couple of months I have read contracts from publishers, portals, e-commerce sites, various websites, hardware companies, other software companies, and probably others that I've forgotten about.

Now most of the contracts I have seen are actually pretty fair, but there have been a couple that were downright scary. One I remember off the top of my head basically said I agreed that anything that I submitted I had to have the IP rights for the material and that I gave them the IP rights to whatever I submitted it to them. So anything I submit is now yours? Yeah, I don't think so.

Like I said most of the contracts I have read haven't been trying to screw me, but they are all still legal documents that are written in some language that is definitely not English. It's close to English but not really the same language. For an example, one fairly common phrase is this agreement can't be changed unless changes are "reduced to writing and signed by both parties". The part in quotes is the part that I've seen in many contracts. Reduced to writing? Reduced? You really couldn't just say "must be in writing"? You can find good examples like this every couple lines.

After a while my head feels like it is going to explode after so much translating into English.