I recently submitted some concept designs to a video game dev team. They liked the designs and asked if they could use them, and I said sure! I'd love them to. I'd even let them have the designs for free (simply because I was enthusiastic about their project). I figured it would at least be a good start to a resume/portfolio. A few days later they asked me to sign a contract for my IP rights.
I told them I would only sign under the condition that I still be credited for the designs, or at least have my name in the credits.
They wanted the designs without compensation or accreditation.
Can someone explain this situation to me? I really didn't think it would be that much of an issue, but they really want them without giving me anything for it. I may not be a professional YET, but I have my dignity. My business consultant on the matter and other professionals told me to pull out of that situation as fast as possible because they just want to take advantage of me. Is that it?
I haven't cut the negotiation off completely because I'm so perplexed about it. Is giving me even a thank-you in their concept credits really as impossible as is implied? Is it a legal issue?
If things don't go through I'll post the art here instead and you can tell me if I'm the hack-job artist they seem to think I am Please give me your thoughts.