A recently launched iPhone and iPad app enables you to legally sign production documents while on the move. Details below...
What is Softsign? It’s an iPhone and iPad app (Android is coming soon) from a UK-based company that enables you to ‘sign’ .pdf and .jpg documents with your finger. Production companies and filmmakers can use it to sign legally binding (in the UK at least) release forms, health and safety forms, expenses, timesheets and any other essential production documents on the move.
How does it work? When a document needs signing, open it in Softsign and input the names and details of those who need to sign it. They can then do so with their finger or a stylus. You can email the signed contracts to interested parties directly from the app and copy in the production team (or anyone else) if necessary. Documents signed using the app don’t need to be printed to be legally binding.
How much is it? The app is currently free, but a paid-for 'premium version' is in development.
Are Softsign-ed docs legally binding outside the UK? According to the maker of the app, electronic signatures on commercial transactions should have the same legal status as a written signature in the USA, but some States may have their own laws regarding e-signatures so you need to check to be certain. The company advises users to “ascertain whether electronic signatures are valid under the laws and jurisdiction applicable to your contract.”
Who is using it? It has received 35,000 downloads so far – users of Softsign in the film/TV industries include Agile Films and United Agents.