The Internet Creators Guild (ICG) is a nonprofit organization created by YouTuber Hank Green, co-founder of the popular vlogbrothers channel, that published a study aimed to inform creators about best practices for MCN agreements and brand deals. For this, ICG spoke to a dozen lawyers, industry members, and creators to understand their perspectives, and the result is a document that addresses creator's main concerns, or at least the main concerns they should have, while looking at a new contract. The challenge often starts by knowing where the key elements of a contract are.
One of the mentions made by ICG, regarding MCNs (Multi Channel Networks), is that contracts should be short, ideally with a trial-period, usually up to 3 months. At Freedom!, every creator has the option to join a standard agreement, that allows him to leave with a 30 days notice, there's not even a trial-period. Something to make sure you watch for is the auto renewal clause, especially if you are looking to sign a 1 year or even multi-year contract. It's essential that you keep track of the dates.
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