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Voluntary agreements

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What is a voluntary agreement?

A voluntary agreement is when a dispute is settled among the parties.

If you haven't already, we recommend you go back and read our pages on Examples of Dispute Scenarios before you continue reading.

What is a voluntary agreement?

A voluntary agreement can happen when the parties involved in a dispute agree on a solution without having to go to court. The parties themselves can reach a voluntary agreement, but you should always seek legal advice.

To pursue a voluntary agreement is the preferable way to resolve disputes because it can be faster and much less expensive than other resolution methods. It also helps preserve relationships between parties in the dispute since it usually doesn't involve much cost, time, or animosity.

However, a voluntary agreement needs to adequately address all the issues in the dispute to be effective. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a lawyer before signing or otherwise endorsing an agreement.

How or when might a voluntary agreement be used to resolve disputes?

A voluntary agreement can resolve most types of disputes, including ownership, splits, and infringement disputes.

To negotiate a good voluntary agreement, you should know your rights and clearly understand the facts and applicable law relevant to a particular dispute.

Visit our Music Creators' Rights topic to learn more about rights.

Depending on the complexity of the dispute, you might also need to understand negotiation techniques and the other parties' interests and options. As stated earlier, seeking legal advice, or consulting your is always recommended.

However, disputes over often can't be solved by voluntary agreement. Usually, you or your , , , lawyer, or CMO will need to take other legal action.

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