Quakesoldier

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answered How to remove low-alpha pixels in photoshop
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comment Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work
Heh - If I had a dollar for every time a designer reads a style guide... :P
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comment Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work
Thanks for that awesome response. I do currently use a contract that is pretty clear on who owns what rights, generally we grant a limited licence to the client to use the work for its intended purpose, but beyond that they must purchase native files / IP etc. The clients that complain about that are generally the ones who don't understand the value of what they could be purchasing :)
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comment Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work
Just to add, though I disagree that it's unethical to hold onto rights that you originally have bestowed on you as a creator, I can see that the client should be granted a 'licence' to use the work for its intended purpose, ie display, promote, trademark, etc. and some form of promise that you won't go behind them and resell the work. I'm more opposed to handing over everything blindly and potentially have a third party designer come in and muck up everything you worked hard to build with your client, without some form of protection surrounding that. I appreciate your answer though :)
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comment Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work
What I don't understand though, is why should the design have to hand those rights over by default, when the designer is perfectly within legal rights to retain them (at least here in Australia, where the original creator of the work owns the copyright - such as the designer.) It's like saying that the author of a book should be required to hand over copyright of that work to its readers by default.
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comment Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work
Thanks everyone for your answers, they're all fantastic and I wish I could choose them all as an accepted answer! It's quite a grey area, and I guess each studio chooses to approach it their way. We do have a boilerplate contract with all clients that say we own IP / copyright by default, and if they choose to purchase this they can (we would base that extra fee on a certain percentage of the project value depending on their exact requirements). I agree, put everything in black and white in a contract first before starting the job - it can't be emphasised enough!
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