Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Unusual Contract Clauses

So I was browsing Facebook the other day and saw an article called 51 Pieces of Movie Trivia You May Not Know. While there are plenty of interesting items on the list, one that stuck out was this: 
Pierce Brosnan was contractually forbidden from wearing a full tuxedo in any non-James Bond movie from 1995-2002.
Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair in 1999, sans bow tie.
Given the branding of the James Bond franchise, it actually kind of makes sense. The studio didn't want another film profiting off the James Bond image. Makes sense.

How about this one? In 2000, the New York Mets waived Bobby Bonilla, whom they owed almost $6 million that season. The team and Bonilla came to a deal to defer payment until 2011...but with interest. To pay off his deal, the team agreed to pay him nearly $1.2 million a year from 2011-2035, meaning that a Major League Baseball team would be paying a player at the "I still have some game, you whippersnappers" age of 73!

What's this have to do with event professionals?

Well, as event professionals we've all had our share of difficult, needy, paranoid, or just weird clients. We've also had to deal with other vendors and their demands.

So what are some of the strangest contract clauses you've seen in a contract? Maybe you even put one in to protect yourself against a shady client. Any unreasonable non-compete clauses? Or facility requirements demanding an exorbitant amount of liability insurance? Anything just straight up weird?

Share your experiences below.

And don't forget, with Inspherio you can enter all the terms and conditions you want - ridiculous or not - into your contract template in Inspherio.

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