Here is an example of an actual Non-competition clause from a 4Kids employment contract. http://contracts.onecle.com/4kids/newborn.emp.2002.01.01.shtml Non-Competition and Protection of Confidential Information.
(a) Employee agrees that his position with Employer places him in a position of confidence and trust with the clients and employees of Employer. Employee acknowledges that inasmuch as the business of Employer is carried on in several states of the United States and that it is the intention of Employer to continue to expand the geographic area in which Employer engages in its business and marketing efforts and accordingly, it is reasonable that the restrictive covenants set forth below are not limited by specific geographic area but by the location of Employer’s clients and potential clients. Employee further acknowledges that the rendering of services to the clients of Employer necessarily requires the disclosure to Employee of confidential information and trade secrets of Employer and its clients (such as without limitation, marketing and licensing plans and business strategies). Employee consequently agrees that it is reasonable and necessary for the protection of the goodwill and business of Employer that Employee make the covenants contained herein.
Accordingly, Employee agrees that while he is in Employer’s employ and for a period of two (2) years thereafter
, Employee shall not directly or indirectly:
(i) attempt in any manner to solicit from any client (except on behalf of Employer) business of the type performed by Employer or to persuade any client of Employer to cease to do business or to reduce the amount of business which any such client has customarily done or contemplates doing with Employer, whether or not the relationship between Employer and such client was originally established in whole or in part through Employee’s efforts;
(ii) employ or attempt to employ or assist anyone else to employ any person who is then or at any time during the preceding year was in Employer’s employ:,
(iii) render any services of the type rendered by Employer to its clients to or for any client of Employer unless such services are rendered as an employee or consultant of Employer.
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the term “Employer,” as used in this Paragraph 7, shall mean Employer and affiliates. The term “client” shall mean (i) anyone who was then a client of Employer; (ii) anyone who was a client of Employer at any time during the one (1) year period immediately preceding the date of termination of employment; and (iii) any prospective client to whom Employer has made a formal presentation (i.e., the actual presentation of a marketing plan, licensing strategy and/or media plan) within a one (1) year period immediately preceding the date of such termination.
(b) Employee also agrees that either during the Term or at any other time thereafter, Employee shall not divulge to anyone (other than Employer or any persons designated by Employer) any confidential information relating to the business of Employer or its clients including, without limitation, all types of trade secrets, business strategies or marketing, licensing, advertising and/or promotional plans. Employee further agrees not to disclose, publish or make use of any such knowledge or information of a confidential nature other than in the performance of Employee’s duties hereunder without the prior written consent of Employer. For purposes of this Paragraph, the term “confidential information” shall not include information which becomes public knowledge other than through a breach of this covenant by Employee or any confidential information that Employee is required to disclose in any judicial or administrative proceeding pursuant to any subpoena or court order.
(c) If Employee commits a breach or is about to commit a breach of any of the provisions of Paragraph 7(a)and/or (b) above, Employer shall have the right to have the provisions of this Agreement specifically enforced by any court having equity jurisdiction without being required to post bond or other security and without having to prove the inadequacy of the available remedies at law, it being acknowledged and agreed that any such breach will cause irreparable injury to Employer and that money damages will not provide an adequate remedy to Employer. In addition, Employer may take all such other actions and remedies available to it under law or in equity and shall be entitled to such damages as it can show it has sustained by reason of such breach.
This is also confirmed by the VA's of other characters, that are not wrapped up in the 4Kids politics, such as the actress that played the role of Officer Jenny.Jamie Davyous Owens, in an email to a fan.
What Pokemon USA, the US division of Pokemon, has done for the last 8 years is to license the production of Pokemon to 4Kids. The license was up for renewal at the beginning of the year and 4Kids lost it. I don’t really understand why, and neither did my director. Pokemon USA has decided to take over all aspects of producing Pokemon. 4Kids contracts the buy out agreement for our voices, that I explained to you earlier, so that we cannot do the characters’ voices for anyone else for up to two years from contract. So that means that none of the voices of Pokemon as you know them now, are legally allowed in Season 9. It will be recast.
And to clarify what I said about the contracts because it is all a little confusing and I don’t think I explained it very well:
I am contracted to do my Pokemon voices only for 4 Kids. I can work for other people, I just can’t say “Oh, here’s my Officer Jenny voice”- in other words, I’m contracted so I can’t play Officer Jenny for anyone else for at least the next three years. This is because my contract expires (assuming I don’t sign next year) in one year, and the contract states I can’t play Officer Jenny for anyone else without 4Kids permission for at least 2 years from contract expiration. So let’s say I lived next door to you and you asked me to go to your birthday party and play Officer Jenny. I wouldn’t technically be allowed to… at least I couldn’t walk around and say, “Hey, listen to me play my Officer Jenny voice”. That’s how I understand the contract.
And The voice of Rico/AttilaMarc Thompson's response to the contract question
No unfortunately not......I think for 2--5 years they own my voice for that character