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    Yes. Of course, since the client is the legal "author" of the work under WFH, and can do whatever they want with it, they are free to remove the signature.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber Alexander View Post
    Am I allowed to sign art that I complete as "Work for Hire"?
    I think the wording is Commissioned Art. No?
    I mean either is good. But I think the latter jargon is more common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredwalker View Post
    I think the wording is Commissioned Art. No?
    I mean either is good. But I think the latter jargon is more common.

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    Commissioned art and work for hire are two totally different things, and should never be used interchangeably. Work for hire has a very narrow and specific legal definition.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Commissioned art and work for hire are two totally different things, and should never be used interchangeably. Work for hire has a very narrow and specific legal definition.
    You're right, now that I've had my hazelnut cream coffee...

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    Got another contract question. I'm in negotations with a guy making a board game and the agreement he sent me states that he wants "exclusive rights" however he also wants the work to be copyrighted by him or his company. It also states that the artist can still replicate and sell the work.

    I'm somewhat new to copyrights so to me this seems contradictory. As I understand it, "exclusive rights" means they are buying the artwork for a particular use and that I retain the copyright however they still want to be able to copyright it as well.

    Maybe I'm not understanding it right. For him to be able to copyright it does it mean he has to have "work for hire" or "all rights" contract?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber Alexander View Post
    Got another contract question. I'm in negotations with a guy making a board game and the agreement he sent me states that he wants "exclusive rights" however he also wants the work to be copyrighted by him or his company. It also states that the artist can still replicate and sell the work.

    I'm somewhat new to copyrights so to me this seems contradictory. As I understand it, "exclusive rights" means they are buying the artwork for a particular use and that I retain the copyright however they still want to be able to copyright it as well.

    Maybe I'm not understanding it right. For him to be able to copyright it does it mean he has to have "work for hire" or "all rights" contract?

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    Exclusive rights means that the client wants total rights to the image or images you created.Meaning you won't me able to make money off it by selling prints because they own the rights to them. Which means they'll have to buy the copyrights from you. At whatever price you two happen to agree on. Once you do that you won't have any ownership of them images the company will.

    I could be wrong. I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber Alexander View Post
    Am I allowed to sign art that I complete as "Work for Hire"?
    Yes you can sign. However if the employer buys the rights to the image they can remove it.

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    and now let's make it complicated!

    I've read the wiki definition and WFH and it says you keep (unless specified otherwise I gess) the moral rights.... which includes being able to protect the integrity of the work right? So doesn't that meen you have the right to whine bout them changing your work? I remember this guy who sued a mall he was hired to make a sculpture for (suspended flying birds) because the mall added scarfs to give them a christmass look. Of course, the man simply did it for form and didn't accually ask anything else then the scarfs removed, he won his case.

    So, could someone do the same with work for hire?

    copyrights are sooo complicated x_x

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    Copyright isn't and all-or-nothing property. It can be sliced up into almost infinitely small, narrowly defined pieces. This is why it's so important to spell out exactly what rights are being transferred in a contract.


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