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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Need a standard contract? Try a repository instead of a lawyer.

Tom Scott launched OwnTerms last month, an OA repository of "stock legal documents".  (Thanks to Most Searched.)  From the site:

OwnTerms is designed as a repository for “boilerplate” legal documents: those that every web site, startup, or entrepreneur needs but doesn’t want to draft in a lawyer for.

All the documents on OwnTerms are licensed under a Creative Commons license, enabling anyone to take them and edit them for their own use provided certain conditions are met....

Why? Because most businesses starting out just rip their terms and conditions from another site; because most freelance designers don’t want the expense of having a contract specially written for them, and wouldn’t know where to start; because Creative Commons-licensed documents can make people’s lives easier.