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Hi guys, i'm not sure about the rights you have to keep for yourself in a contract. If there's somebody to give some light...
I'm starting a freelance job with an animation production company for preproduction concepts, and they are asking me in the contract to give them ALL the possible rigths about the illustrations (explotation, reproduction, distribution, transformation,...)
And because it's a small company the bill is not so high.
Do you usuallly accept this kind of contract, i mean, if they don't want to pay more what are the rigths you keep for yourself in the contract?
Like a lot of things, it depends...
If you are doing all the creation, from concept through execution, you'd be a fool to sign everything over to them with the bill not being high...If you sign it over to them, you make them pay for what you are signing over.
It also depends on just what you're signing over. Is it something that may have a very long shelf life, with the potential to be a strong branding creation? The creator of Charlie the Tuna would tell you to think about future usage and reproduction royalties before signing it all away for a small company.
Also, it depends on how much you need the business. You pay for being needy, in one way or another. You either work too cheap, or give away the rights to your work...If they don't want to pay more, you spell out the limitations in reproductions, as in: only for company correspondance and newspaper reproductions. Anything else (Video, magazine, billboard) subject to paying you a fee for every usage...But, you better be one hell of a good artist with one hell of a good design to try and push that one.
Contracts vary. Do a web search on reproduction rights art contract, etc. to see some examples and read some advice on how to not get taken.
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Thanks for the reply and the info madster...i'll try