Before you sign that publishing or freelance contract, make sure you understand the difference between a copyright assignment and a copyright license.
I hate reading stories about someone getting screwed by a crappy publisher. A publisher that promised to take care of the art or swore up down and sideways that they needed the artist to give up certain rights if the artist wanted to be successful.
It’s depressing and frustrating to read these stories because with a bit of education I feel like most artists could avoid signing these stupid contracts with these jerky publishers and save themselves a lot of grief. But when I look around for good, accessible, easy to understand resources, I come up short.
Which is part of the reason I write my blog. And it is the reason that this week I’ve written about how to understand that difference between a copyright assignment and a copyright license. There are tons of different ways these things can work and you should understand what they are before you sign a contract.
This is just the tip of the iceberg; there’s a lot more ground to cover. But this is a good and important place to start.
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"I want to be a fashion designer, but I work in visual merchandising to pay the bills. I get off late almost every night— a lot of times it’s after 9 PM. So it’s hard to find the energy to be creative. I should be sketching new pieces or sewing every night, but I’m too tired. Then the weekend comes around, and all I want to do is relax and decompress from the week. But those are the only two days I have to work on my dream."
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To all my fellow job jugglers and dream chasers: keep on keepin’ on.
Gone are the days of having to dig through a dusty encyclopedia to find the information you seek. Personally, I’m delighted to live in a time where all of the world’s information can be accessed from a magical, pocket-sized device. But with so much information available to us, how do we identify the most important blogs for a freelance lifestyle? At Freelancers Union, we do our best to keep tabs on those blogs providing the most practical advice for freelancers, as well as those that feature the brilliant innovations being made by those pioneers laying the groundwork for …
A great list of resources for freelancers! Super chuffed to be included in the list.
PRETTY DEADLY #1- #3
by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios
with variant covers by Carly Storum Mayer and Katie Cook
In true fangirl flair, I’m hyping myself up for the yet unreleased Pretty Deadly by collecting all of the available covers.
Kelly you wicked woman you.
(Doubly so because I’m going to point out that you’re missing the Jenny Frison one for Midtown Comics.)
GAH! These are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the comic in Real Life. October 23rd!