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Sample #1, Non-Disclosure Agreement

Standard Disclaimer: I am NOT a lawyer. This Agreement was NOT reviewed by a lawyer before being posted. Although this is a sample of an actual Non-Disclosure Agreement, the terms and conditions that applied to this project may or may not apply to your project. Details may need to be added, altered, or omitted.

Frankly, I would not personally sign an Agreement like this unless I had consulted with my attorney. I have highlighted certain sections of this Agreement that, to me, are definite red flags. Remember, Company lawyers write contracts for the Company's benefit, not for your benefit. A contract, such as this, is legally binding. As a freelancer, you are responsible for protecting yourself.


Pursuant to the Agreement to which this Exhibit is annexed, Company may be disclosing to Independent Contractor certain business plans, development plans, reports, financial information, design documents, specifications, programmer notes, software (its own and third party), and/or other non-public information proprietary and confidential to the Company (together with any notes, analyses, compilations, studies, or other documents that are based upon, contain, or otherwise reflect such information, the "Confidential Information"). The parties agree as follows with respect to treatment of the Confidential Information:

1. The Confidential Information shall be used by the Independent Contractor solely for the purpose of performing the Services specified in the Agreement and not for any other purpose. Except to the extent permitted by Paragraph 3 below, the Independent Contractor will not disclose the Confidential Information, in whole or in part, to any other party.

2. The term "Confidential Information" shall be deemed not to include information which:
i) is or becomes generally available to the public other than a) as a result of a disclosure by the Independent Contractor or any other person who directly or indirectly receives such information from the Independent Contractor or b) in violation of a confidentiality obligation to the Company known to the Independent Contractor or

ii) is or becomes available to the Independent Contractor on a non-confidential basis from a source which is entitled to disclose it to the Independent Contractor.

3. In the event that the Independent Contractor is required by law or by interrogatories, requests for information or documents, subpoena, Civil Investigative Demand, or similar process to disclose any information supplied to the Independent Contractor pursuant to the Agreement, including without limitation the Confidential Information or any other information the disclosure of which is restricted by the terms of this Exhibit, the Independent Contractor will provide the Company with prompt prior written notice of such request or requirement so that the Company may seek an appropriate protective order. If, in the absence of a protective order, the Independent Contractor is nonetheless, in the written opinion of its counsel (which shall be forwarded to the Company upon request), compelled to disclose Confidential Information or any other information the disclosure of which is restricted by the terms of this Exhibit to any tribunal or else stand liable for contempt or suffer other material censure or penalty, the Independent Contractor may disclose only that portion of the Confidential Information or other information which it is advised in writing by its counsel (which shall be forwarded to the Company upon request) is so legally compelled and the Independent Contractor will exercise its best efforts to obtain assurance that confidential treatment will be accorded such Confidential Information.

4. All Confidential Information disclosed by the Company to the Independent Contractor shall be and shall remain the Company's property. Upon termination of the Agreement, the Independent Contractor shall redeliver all tangible Confidential Information furnished by the Company. Except to the extent the Independent Contractor is advised in writing by counsel that such action is prohibited by law, the Independent Contractor will also destroy all written material, memoranda, notes, and other writings or recordings whatsoever prepared by it based upon, containing, or otherwise reflecting any Confidential Information. Any Confidential Information that is not returned or destroyed, including without limitation any oral Confidential Information, shall remain subject to the confidentiality obligations set forth in this Exhibit.

5. Neither the Company nor any of its advisors or representatives shall have any liability to the Independent Contractor or any of its Representatives resulting from the Independent Contractor's use of the Confidential Information.

6. Independent Contractor acknowledges and agrees that money damages would not be a sufficient remedy for any breach of this Exhibit by the Independent Contractor and that the Company shall be entitled to specific performance, including without limitation injunctive relief, as a remedy for any such breach. Such remedy shall not be deemed to be the exclusive remedy for breach of this Exhibit but shall be in addition to all other remedies available at law or equity. The Independent Contractor agrees to reimburse the Company for costs and expenses (including without limitation attorneys' fees) incurred by the Company in connection with the enforcement of this Exhibit.

7. This Exhibit shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, the parties and their respective successors and assigns.

8. If any provision of this Exhibit is not enforceable in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Exhibit shall not be affected thereby. No failure or delay in exercising any right, power, or privilege hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise thereof preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, power, or privilege hereunder.

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Friday, August 10, 2007