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Re: licensing update



I agree with Michael.  They used you and stole from you.  You need to make
a stand.

Bertha Rogers

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Date sent:              Fri, 3 Mar 2000 08:13:01 -0500
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From:                   Michael Morin <ba202@FREENET.BUFFALO.EDU>
Subject:                Re: licensing update
To:                     BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

> 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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