Hey I made that logo! Hey...I gave it away.
January 8, 2010 11:47 AM Subscribe
I do PowerPoint design for a living. About a year ago, I had a client who was starting a new business and, for his presentation, I did a whole bunch of original, hand-drawn illustrations. Shortly after, he asked (via email) if the work I did to date was work-for-hire and that he owned the images. Due to a combination not knowing how to handle it and being too timid to push, I said Yes. So, a year later, my illustrations are on stickers, hung on the office walls, on the company blog and website, and one of my illustrations is the company logo. I know...nothing I can do about it now and it's my own fault. The question is this: Now, he's come back to me to work on this year's presentation. I'm guessing it will use some of the old illustrations and he'll want some new ones. How should I handle it? Just do it as work-for-hire again and be happy I have work? Tell him work-for-hire is a higher rate? Tell him I want royalties on new illustrations used in non-powerpoint ways? The only thing I really don't want to do is just let him roll over me because I'm too timid to speak up again.
posted by The Dutchman to Work & Money (8 answers total)