Friday, January 1, 2016
Music Business/Law Tips - "Graphic Artist Agreement"
If a singer/band is going to hire a graphic artist to create an album cover or a logo for it, keep in mind that under copyright laws designers normally retain the rights to what they create, unless the singer/band has something in writing with the designer to the contrary. It is advisable that the designer sign a short work for hire agreement whereby in exchange for a fee (or other consideration), the designer transfers ownership of all rights, title and interest in the logo or artwork to the singer/band. Without this, the singer/band may not have the freedom to use the artwork as it wishes without restrictions (on merchandise, etc.), and/or will owe the designer additional fees or royalties down the road. Another option is to obtain a broad rights license from the designer, but that is never as good as ownership. Ben McLane Esq benmclane.com