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Re: licensing update



Keep your business relationship strong.  Send an invoice to the printer who
lifted your work and act more shocked than they when they claim innocence.
This is a matter of respect for YOUR work.


Best

Michael

At 12:37 AM 3/3/00 EST, you wrote:
>Thanks to those of you who replied to my question about licensing my wedding
>invitation design. If you are interested in hearing about what happened, read
>on.
>
>After talking to several people, including a local volunteer lawyer for the
>arts, I do think designs like this can be copyrighted (some people told me
>otherwise). There are many types of copyrights -- one for visual arts, which
>this would fall under. It seems that when you create a work, it is
>automatically copyrighted, but if you should ever go to court, having a legal
>copyright can be helpful.
>
>I did quite a bit of research and came up with a proposed contract to the
>company that wanted to use my design (this was a handmade paper wedding
>invitation which they wanted to make a die of to satisfy one client, but then
>could potentially be "mass" produced). I asked them for $500 to use the
>design for a year, and then we'd re-evaluate and come up with a new agreement
>if need be. I also asked for a number of other things, including a
>non-exclusive agreement, that I'd receive a sample of each job they produced,
>that I'd own the dies at the end of the contract term, etc. I did purchase
>Tad Crawford's book, which was very useful in writing the contract.
>
>Well, they didn't go for it. They said they thought it was a reasonable
>request, but they were too small a company to take such a risk. So, we went
>back to our old agreement, which is that they can sell the handmade version
>only -- and they purchase the paper from me for those orders. That was fine
>with me. They've already received an order under that agreement.
>
>Here's the last hitch, which doesn't sit so well with me. The customer who
>originally wanted to use the design that would require the die was stubborn.
>And the company wanted to satisfy their client. She wanted to use a
>particular commercial paper. So the owner of the company helped her figure
>out how to alter my design so that they could still use it! I know that this
>is how design works -- you see something else and alter it slightly to make
>your own new design -- but I feel a bit used in this case. I have a good
>relationship with this company. They promote me and I promote them.
>
>Enough on that saga. Good luck to all of you promoting your work!
>Helen Hiebert
>
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