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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

I'm assuming you're in the US, and I am not a lawyer. Short answer is that unless you have a contract specifically stipulating that the client gets the copyright when the work is complete, they don't ...
Pete Michaud's user avatar
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How exactly should I ask my employer for design use permission on paper?

I don't think it's overly complicated. You could easily write up something which states they give you permission. You don't need some huge contract or anything. [Your name] has permission to display ...
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What restrictions can I put in my contract when designing a logo for a non-profit?

None. Generally you don't charge for royalties on logos, since a sold logo should be free of limitation. When its paid, its paid in full and the company should be free to use it anywhere. Usage ...
Lucian's user avatar
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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

The issues with this situation are the "personal favor" approach with your client and that there is nothing in writing. The latter actually benefits you as the creator of the work: When you create ...
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Should Graphic Designers be paid for reprints of past work?

This could work, if its part of the original arrangement. I've had my share of pieces that failed to get a decent ROI as well. So, if this particular piece is so beautiful and successful, you'd like ...
Lucian's user avatar
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I am an employee but design is not in my contract, I have left the company and they still use my designs. Do I have any rights to the work?

No. As an "employee" everything you create is owned by the company you work for, entirely. Employees are considered to be in a work-for-hire position and retain no rights to anything, regardless of ...
Scott's user avatar
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What restrictions can I put in my contract when designing a logo for a non-profit?

Chalk it down to "Charitable Giving" In every persons life we have an opportunity to help out charities and not-for-profits. If you believe in the cause, and it sounds like you do as you are giving a ...
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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

If there wasn't a contract, which specifies that you can't put works which you created for her to your portfolio/website, there is no problem. I have a similar problem in my company, which produces a ...
Sylwester Pilarz's user avatar
3 votes

How would I write a contract if this client wants to use illustrations for multiple pieces?

Royalties as percentages is a trap. Let's assume you have a contract "10% of the sales cashflow of certain items belongs to you". One day he decides to start to keep more than the remaining ...
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Should Graphic Designers be paid for reprints of past work?

It is better to ask these questions before starting work with a Сlient. Everything always depends on the details of each specific project including paperwork that was carried out. With typical ...
independence creations's user avatar
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Freelance design contract offer - Regarding the "ownership of work product" - what is really owned?

These are multiple questions. In my opinion: a freelancer is a freelancer if there are multiple clients. Not sure what your case is, but a person working remotely for a single client, that's not ...
Lucian's user avatar
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Freelance design contract offer - Regarding the "ownership of work product" - what is really owned?

--- I am not a legal professional in any way, shape, or form. Hire a lawyer to review an agreement if you are truly concerned about one. --- What would they really own? Everything. All that is ...
Scott's user avatar
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Contract Writing and Pricing

Update after Q edit with more detailed information: General regarding time estimates: Time can be difficult thing to factor - the less experience you have they more unsure you are about how long ...
Scott's user avatar
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How should I make my retainer contract fair for me and the client? How do retainer agreements usually work?

Formulated an answer from comments.... A Retainer is an agreement for a set amount of income for set amount of work. X hrs a month for $X in return. Anything more than Xhrs is invoiced above and ...
Scott's user avatar
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How should I revise a "Work for Hire" Agreement?

Generally one doesn't "revise" a work-for-hire agreement. You either agree to a work-for-hire arrangement or you don't. There's really no grey area. By nature, any work-for-hire agreement will grant ...
Scott's user avatar
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How exactly should I ask my employer for design use permission on paper?

Unless the work you are doing is super secret, any work you do for anyone anywhere—even if they “own” it—can be used by you for self-promotional purposes in a portfolio. When you say this: “Hence, ...
Giacomo1968's user avatar
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Client Sent Contract For Logo - I have questions!

Contracts are an agreement between parties. If you don't agree to something, you are free to ask for a contract revision. If you can't come to an agreement on something, then a contract is not ...
Scott's user avatar
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How should a designer communicate price is negotiable to a client?

There are already many great answers here but I would like to offer a different take on things. If you obtain your clients through word-of-mouth like I often do, they've heard of your services in a ...
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