The Voice Services Agreement Template (VSAT) is an editable legal template designed to facilitate contracting between voice actors and companies using AI voice clones.
It allows those commissioning and using a voice clone (the Company) and the person recording their voice (the Voice Artist) to form a contract for providing voice services, which we call a Voice Services Agreement (VSA).
Created by BeyondWords in partnership with the Open Voice Network, it covers a range of commercial and contractual areas likely to be relevant to the parties involved. The VSAT is free to use under a Creative Commons 0 1.0 license.
Why did BeyondWords create the VSAT?
Voice cloning technology can benefit publishers, listeners, and voice artists alike — but only if the right protections are in place.
Working alongside lawyers, voice artists, and the Open Voice Network, we developed the VSAT to encourage the ethical creation and use of AI voice clones. Our goal is to help voice artists maintain control over their voice clones and receive fair compensation for their usage, and to give audio publishers the confidence to invest in custom voices.
Do I need to use the VSAT to create a custom voice with BeyondWords?
If you would like to create a custom voice with BeyondWords, we recommend that you seek independent legal advice and use the VSAT to form an agreement with your chosen voice artist. However, you are welcome to make your own arrangements.
Either way, you will also need to form a separate agreement with BeyondWords that allows us to a) use the script recordings to create the voice clone and b) give you access to the voice clone through our platform.
Can anyone use the VSAT?
Our VSAT is licensed under a Creative Commons 0 1.0 license and you are welcome to use it subject to those terms. We reserve all rights in the VSAT not expressly licensed.
Does BeyondWords use the VSAT?
Yes, we use the VSAT to contract with the voice artists behind exclusive AI voices, such as Joe. Our voice artists are paid a one-off fee, a use-based fee, or a combination of both within the agreed term.
We believe that this approach fairly compensates the voice artists for their work and talent, and ensures a viable future for human-based AI voices.
️ We recommend that both parties work with legal representatives to tailor the VSAT to their exact needs.
Open the Voice Services Agreement Template (a Google Docs template) — you will need to sign into Google or create a Google account first
Select 'Use template' — this will create an editable copy of the document in your Google Drive
You can now edit the document in Google Docs or download and edit in another word processor — elements designed for editing are highlighted in blue
We typically recommend that the Company pays a one-off fee for the script recording and rights to use the resulting voice clone (Clause 2.1).
You can instead or also pay a use-based fee (Clause 2.2), in which the Voice Artist is paid a fee according to the number of characters processed into audio using their voice clone (across the term defined in 'Other details'). In this case, we are able to report on the number of characters processed through our platform each month.
In Clause 3, the VSAT addresses intellectual property rights to the script recordings, voice clone, and resulting audio assets.
Clause 4.2 offers the opportunity for the Voice Artist to exclude certain usages. For example, 4.2(a) prohibits the creation of offensive audio using the voice clone.
Clause 7.2 can be used if the parties agree that their arrangement is exclusive. For instance, if the Company wishes to prevent the Voice Artist from lending their voice to another voice clone without permission for a period of time. This will allow them to ensure that their text-to-speech content has a unique sound.
Clause 10 deals with contractual liability.
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