What Is a Royalty Agreement?

by Jennifer VanBaren - Updated September 26, 2017

A royalty agreement is a legal document between two parties where one party agrees to pay the other party royalty fees based on sales of intellectual property. Royalties are monetary compensations to the owner of intellectual property rights.

Description

Intellectual property rights are rights owned by a person who created a form of intellectual property. This type of property includes song lyrics, books, patented inventions and slogans.

Payments

The payment amounts and frequency are discussed within the royalty agreement. Royalties are typically paid as a percentage of gross revenue from sales directly related to the intellectual property rights. Royalty fees can also be a fixed amount based on the item, for example, a royalty payment of $2 is paid for every book sold. Royalty payment terms are discussed in this agreement and are typically paid quarterly, but can also be paid monthly or annually.

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Details

This agreement also states record-keeping responsibilities of the party using the rights to the intellectual property. It contains all terms and conditions relating to the use of the intellectual property. Another feature of royalty agreements is that they normally state that if the property owner dies, the royalties transfer to an heir who is named in the agreement.

About the Author

Jennifer VanBaren started her professional online writing career in 2010. She taught college-level accounting, math and business classes for five years. Her writing highlights include publishing articles about music, business, gardening and home organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.

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