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I honestly never see any info about what “work for hire/works made for hire” actually is, especially within the scope of being contracted for it as a freelance artist, especially in circles rife with younger artists. Sooo I decided to write a small thing about it, at least as it applies in the U.S.

Copyright goes like this: Author(s) of a work are the original copyright owners from it’s conception. So, you’re an artist and you just finished a piece? That piece inherently belongs to you without any fancy strings or steps required. You made it, you own it, even if the work is commissioned by someone else. You are the author of the work, so it is yours, explicitly. That is your inherent right as the author of the work. Work for hire is a transfer of these inherent rights. That is not a bad thing, it happens all the time! Either you are employed, so any work you make for your employer during the term of your employment is inherently work for hire, or you can be commissioned/contracted specifically to work for hire.

What bothers me is when I see people explicitly telling others to find artists to agree to work for hire contact work, and they do not actually talk about what work for hire is. I won’t go so far to say it is malicious, but I will say that it’s… It’s very, very misleading. If you’re a younger artist, it probably sounds pretty fancy and professional - “I got paid $200.00 to do a work for hire commission! I’m a professional!” I definitely know that, when I was younger, I would’ve been over the moon at that kind of offer.

… But here’s the thing: remember how working for hire is a transfer of rights from the artist to the employer…? You might think, “Well, that’s no big deal!” and, sure, in a lot of cases, it might not be! But you have to consider the following: You, the artist, wanna make prints to sell of what you were just contracted to do, because you’re so proud of it and people may ask for them to buy. You cant.

You cannot use it for merchandising, you cannot make prints of it, and your authorship is not recognized in any legal sense. As far as the law is concerned, your employer made the work. Again, this is perfectly fine - when both parties go in with full, informed knowledge and consent of what is actually happening. And if both parties are going in with this full scope of consent: your budget is either much higher than $200.00 (because they understand that you, the artist, cannot get any future profit from the work), or you’re firm on your quote, which is probably much higher than $200.00.

Copyright law of the United States

Wikipedia Entry on Works Made For Hire

And this is my vague screaming in the general direction of misinformation for the day. 8T


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Art school dropout • Coffee addict • Erotica enthusiast • Freelance Illustrator • Teratophile


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Cloudman313 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for joining our group!!
We really hope you enjoy it there :D
JadeFoxScarletIbis Featured By Owner May 3, 2017
What ever happened to your predator comic pages and your Beauty and the Beast art? Everything you paint is awesome.
MoltenGoldArt Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't done any Beauty and the Beast art in a couple years! And I took down the yautja comic because I just wasn't feelin' it much anymore, unfortunately! Might do something different in the future involving my yautja, tho.

You can find my old BatB art on my tumblr: (Super duper NSFW tho, so be warned.)
Mate397 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Don't recall anything for deserving a block, care to explain? Thank you.
MoltenGoldArt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know who you are? If you were blocked, you wouldn't be able to comment, so...?
Mate397 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
On your FA it seems I got blocked, don't recall when and how, same username as here.
ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
your style is amazing n_n
Corny-Eel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHHHHH god thanks for the watchhhhh! :heart: I'm gonna try to crank out some more yautja and monster stuff, since I keep neglecting my grumpy space babies haha
Kimi-Oneechan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy happy birthday!! 
DaemoniumNocturnal Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:party: :dance:Happy birthday! :dance: :party:
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