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Legal contract for damaging equipment

Discussion in 'Studio Lounge' started by WRX07, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. WRX07

    WRX07 Guest

    So far I've only been recording friends but I would like to start recording local bands...most of whom I don't know. I think it would be a good idea to get some sort of legal contract that would require the clients to pay in a certain amount of time for any equipment damaged, broken, or stolen. How would I go about getting a legal document like this, how much would it cost, and how would I enforce it?
  2. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    This is what I do, and it has been really effective. I walk the band through my place and show them the mini sledge hammer that I have in my audio closet.....this is my problem solver. I also let them know that before they leave my place I do an inventory of my gear...if anything is missing I will copyright their music in my name, and they don't get a copy of what we recorded. Even if that band sucks that is usually enough to scare the hell out of them.

    I was considering setting up a guideline page. Ask each member for ID when they come in and photo copy it. Then tell them that if anything is missing/damaged that they don't pay for....you'll contact every club and studio in the area and pass out flyers to damage their credibility as an artist. Even though none of this is feasible....it's enough to make you think that stealing a microphone isn't worth it.
  3. WRX07

    WRX07 Guest

    haha, that was GREAT. I talked to my cousin who is a lawyer in new york, and for what I'm doing now, the fees would be too much to write up this sort of contract. I guess threats are the best I can do now :D. Thanks, therecordingart
  4. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    No problem....non-chalantly scare the $*^t out of them before you record.
  5. PeeWeeGee

    PeeWeeGee Guest

    The real problem is COLLECTING. Even with legally binding agreements, you still end up in smalls claims court (or worse) and have the hassle of recouping your losses. In the meantime, you are out of whatever they did ya for.

    If you really believe the clients may steal or damage goods, take a deposit during each session that is refunded at the close of the session once inventory is complete. Tell them it is for their convenience, since you won't later accuse them of anything. Only one member has to be present to witness the sign off and take receipt of the cash/check.

    my $.002,

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