ContractsThe conversation that revolves around work for hire is one that I repeatedly have with my clients. I do not do work for hire work at my normal prices. Why? There is no need to, since I give generous licensing rights to my clients to reproduce the work I create for them, for the purposes that they set up with me from the beginning. However, if you are serious about wanting work for hire, please read the articles contained in the links below, and be prepared to pay a much higher price.

Many people think that work for hire simply means what it appears to say on the surface, which is, “I hired you to do my work, therefore, I own it.”

In a nutshell, the legal definition does NOT mean that – fully. It means that the client is considered the author and creator of the work and can do whatever they want to do – stripping me, the artist of all rights.

In order to keep my prices reasonable and to stay in business, I keep all copyrights of the work I create.  Various resources that address this issue are as follows:

DEFINITION

TO THE DESIGNER

If you’d like to know more about legal terms surrounding artwork and graphic work, here’s a direct link to the Graphic Artist’s Guild for their CONTRACT GLOSSARY.

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CEO of IllustratingYou, LLC, Shannon is an award winning illustrator, cartoonist, graphic recorder and WordPress website designer. Utilizing her talents and abilities as a graphic recorder, Shannon is also the founder of Sarah's Tent - and online community for pastors wives and women in ministry (mentioned in TIME magazine in 2007). She is passionate about utilizing experiential education and creativity to becoming authentic in your personal life and business. Contact her about graphically recorded brainstorming events, one-on-one creative coaching and speaking or providing creative services through her Creative Virtual Office in order to act on what is creatively stirring in you! (720) 295-7409