Publishing Agreement for Family Siddur

This agreement is between Jordan Lee Wagner (hereinafter called the "Author"), being the author and proprietor of a work at present entitled "Siddur Ba-eir Hei-teiv --- The Transliterated Siddur" (hereinafter called the "Work"), and

________________________________________  [Name]

________________________________________  [Address]


hereinafter called the "Publisher").  

1.  Warranty and Indemnity
The Author represents and warrants to the Publisher that he is the sole author and proprietor of the Work; that the Work is original and does not infringe upon any statutory copyright or upon any common law right or any other property right; that the Work contains no subject matter which is contrary to law; that he is the sole and exclusive owner of the rights herein conveyed to the Publisher; that he has not heretofore assigned pledged or otherwise encumbered the same; and that he has full power to enter into this agreement and to make the grants herein contained. 
The Author shall indemnify the Publisher, and hold it harmless from, any loss, expense or damage occasioned by any claim, demand, suit, or recovery arising out of any breach of any of the foregoing warranties.  The Author shall not be liable for any matter not contained in the original Work, and inserted therein by or at the instance of the Publisher.  

2.  Rights Granted
The Author grants to the Publisher (and its successors and assigns) a non-exclusive right to print and copy the Work in the form of a book or booklet (hereinafter called the "Book"), including all revisions and future editions thereof, on the terms set forth herein. All other rights are reserved to the Author, including the right to make similar grants to others.  
Author and Publisher agree that the Work consists only of text, and does not include any images nor sound recordings that may be delivered with the Work.

3.  Delivery of the Work
The Author shall maintain a copy of the latest edition of the Work in the form of HTML documents placed at a URL on the Internet.  The URL of the Work is currently:  The Author shall notify the Publisher of any changes in the URL and any other information needed to view and retrieve the Work.  The Publisher is responsible for all equipment, software, knowledge, and procedures ordinarily necessary to use HTML documents on the Internet.  

4.  Publication & Royalties
The Publisher shall print the Book at its own expense, in such styles and under any such imprint as it deems advisable.  The Book may include the complete Work or an abridgement; or just selections from the Work or a digest of it; however the Publisher deems advisable.  The Publisher may make any revisions or corrections it deems advisable, may incorporate any additional material it deems advisable.  The Publisher agrees to furnish the Author upon publication one (1) copy of the Book without charge.  

The Book may not include paid advertising. The Publisher shall not vend the Book. The Publisher shall make no more than the copies necessary for use by Publisher's own immediate family, shall not distribute them beyond the Publisher's family, and shall not produce more than 18 copies in any case.  In lieu of royalties to the Author, the Publisher shall make a one-time donation of $18 or more to Author's synagogue, due upon signing this agreement. (This institution is identified, and an on-line payment mechanism provided, at

5.  Required Contents
The Book shall also include the following notice:

The transliterations of the prayers are from "Siddur Ba-eir Hei-teiv -- The Transliterated Siddur" by Jordan Lee Wagner.  (c) Copyright 1997 by Jordan Lee Wagner.  All rights reserved.  Used by permission, under license issued to ___________________________________.  For more information e-mail the author at: 

6.  Revisions and Corrections
The Publisher shall notify the Author of any corrections made by the Publisher to the transliterations, and agrees that the Author may incorporate these into the Work and they become the property of the Author.  

7.  Publisher's Representation
The Publisher represents and warrants to the Author that the Publisher is an unincorporated individual producing the Book for the private non-commercial use of his/her own family, and Publisher's Social Security number is: _____________________ . 

8. Royalty Statements 
The Publisher shall keep records of its Book production sufficient to determine compliance with this agreement.

9.  Termination of Agreement
The Publisher may terminate this agreement at any time by sending written notice to the Author that it is discontinuing publication of the Work, including a final production statement and royalty payment (if any is due).  All rights of publication shall revert to the Author.  
The Author may terminate this agreement upon ninety (90) day written notice to Publisher, during which period the Publisher may carry out Book production sufficient for its future needs, and at the end of which period a final statement of production and royalty payment (if any is due) shall be made.     
In the case of bankrupcy, recievership, or assignment for benefit of creditors of the Publisher, all rights of publication shall revert to the Author and this agreement shall terminate.   

10.  Interpretation & Arbitration
This agreement, regardless of its place of execution, shall be construed and interpreted according to the laws of The State of New York.  In case of any dispute, the Publisher and Author agree to submit the dispute to binding arbitration by the Bet Din of the Vaad HaRabbonim of Massachusetts (The Rabbinical Council of Massachusetts).  

In witness whereof, the parties hereto have signed two copies of this Agreement (one to be held by Author and one by Publisher), made the ________ day of the month of __________, 20__.

Jordan Lee Wagner (S.S.# 154-46-8454)
202 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458
(617) 953-6787;

____________________________________________ [Institution]

____________________________________________ [Signature]

____________________________________________ [Name and Position]

____________________________________________ [phone #]

____________________________________________ [e-mail address]


If you require special terms and conditions or have questions, e-mail us at:; or call the Author at (617) 953-6787.  

If the Publishing Agreement suits your needs, print two copies, sign them, and mail them to the Author:  Jordan Lee Wagner, 202 Chapel Street, Newton MA 02458.  The Author will sign them and return one copy to you for your records.  Then go ahead and publish your Siddur.  

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