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Assignment of copyright

Discussion in 'General Business Forum:' started by Jonny G, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Jonny G

    Jonny G Junior Member

    Anyone had experience of assigning design copyright to clients? Recently produced original pack design and illustrations for a new brand.The client relationship has come unstuck and they want all artwork files. I've been paid for the work but we never discussed or agreed assgnment of usage rights, buyout fee or anything like that. Could I askfor an assignment/buyout fee before releasing artwork?
  2. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi JohnnyG,

    Welcome to DF, if you've been paid for all the work then why would you not release the artwork files?
    Am I missing something? Is it something specific to illustration work, that you have usage rights/copyright?
  3. berry

    berry Active Member

    All artwork/ files and mechanical material is the property of the originator ( ie You ) They have no legal claim or ownership over the files. The contract was fhe production of a pack design etc. That contract was fullfilled. Many clients think that they own everything that was produced, they do not unless you specifically beforehand assign materia/files ownership as awell as assigning intellectual copyright. If they use your illustration for another piece of work or say a poster etc they are infingeing on your intellectual copyright and usage. It is not theirs do do with as they like, unless they have paid for that exclusive use. Now most agencies simply just give the stuff to the client - it is up to you. But it is like giving away the publishing rights to a song.

    Do not release anything not even artwork files until you have agreement. You are under no legal obligation. Copyright infringement is a big deterrant for this type of thing.
  4. Jonny G

    Jonny G Junior Member

    Hi, very clear and helpful advice. Many thanks indeed.
  5. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    I think some companies offer design services and then on top of that offer the copyright for an additional charge.

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