How to phrase request for payment? Question for artists...
January 27, 2014 4:26 AM Subscribe
Someone wants to use a watermarked version of an illustration I drew. Got some newbie questions.
posted by cartoonella to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Got a bit of a newbie art-pro question here. Someone (in Norway) found an artwork of mine online and would like to use it for her concert program. She attached the program, which shows my art with the watermark (featuring my web site address) dropped onto the cover.
She sent me a message asking for permission. I'm waiting for her clarification, but I think she's saying that she wants to use a non-watermarked image of the file, and she's requesting my terms. If so, I'll let her know my price (I've been charging $25 for this kind of thing) and will ask her to Paypal me the money before I send her the non-watermarked file.
It occurred to me, though, that she might be saying that she just wants to use my watermarked file in her program. Looks worse, but if she's doing that, then I'm wondering if I've got a leg to stand on in terms of asking her for money. My watermarked image is an inducement to buy my art, after all - otherwise I wouldn't put it on the webs. But what if she doesn't need the good file?
Can I just tell her no, you don't have permission to use my watermarked file without paying me? Of course, she could do it anyway. I don't want to be aggressive or weird, in case she turns out to be interested in buying more stuff from me.
If you're an artist, do you have a boilerplate bit of text you send people who want to use your art which they've discovered online? I always assumed a low-res watermarked image would deter unauthorized use, but I'm not sure. I'd also be interested to know what you charge per image in these situations.