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    Hi. Got a question.

    Someone contacted me about wanting to use one of my graphics for her embrodiery shop. So I wrote back and said no, because it would be too easy for it to be copied over and over for another person's gain. But I added that if some company wanted to pay me a substantial amount, I might reconsider. lol

    here is her reply:
    Okay, what kind of liscensing fee would you require?
    Once designs are digitized, they are copyrighted. Anyone using the designs without permission open themselves vulnerable to lawsuits. In the embroidery
    business, digitizers are highly aware of copyright protection laws. Many graphic designers, once they allow a digitizer to utilize their designs, make it exclusive for that digitizer. Although I must say
    that I am disappointed, I thank you for responding to my email.

    So, my question is this - how much would you charge for something like that?

    Vicki [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    While I'm not going to comment on what you should charge (for obvious reasons: I don't know), I can vouch for what she has said about the majority of the industry acknowledging copyrights.

    I used to work in a firm which (among other things) offered commercial embroidery.

    We would get a lot of people through the door wanting nike, holden (australian name for gmh) etc embroidery on garments, car seat covers etc.
    We (along with every other co. that they had been to) would knock the customer back.

    Sure, there are those out there who will lease a 12 head Brother or Tajima machine for a few weeks & pump out as many nike tops as they can, but I doubt if your design would have the demand that a nike logo would.

    I would say that if you proceeded, she would honour what she has said, and that she would not spread the digitised design.
    (although, that doesn't stop someone else seeing it, and digitising it themselves - not an easy job though)

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    Not knowing what amount of work went into the graphic makes it hard to say, but if it's something not too complex you could even say to use it for free, but every instance of the graphic must have a hyperlink in to a site you specify and have a "Designed by" Alt text.

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    Dynamoo, i'm pretty sure the person who contacted Vicki is not seeking the image for a website, but rather to digitise (an often very time consuming process) & embroider the design onto clothing (shirts, caps etc)

    I'm trying to picture how alt text on a cap would look. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    [edit: can we no longer include html img tags here? ]
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    [ 08-23-2002: Message edited by: Pete ]

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    Hi Vicki,

    One of my clients owns a quilting shop that sells the Bernina and Brother embroidery machines, which are very popular.

    I don't know what to tell you to charge either. What does she want it for? A one-time job for a client? Does she only want to offer it for sale at her own shop as a choice for embellishing items there? Or is she planning to offer it for sale to embroidery enthusiasts so they can download it into their machines?

    Maybe looking at a site that offers designs for sale will give you some idea. There is a site many of these machine owners use called http://www.embroideryonline.com/. Looks to me that one design costs $25 to download.

    Anyway, look at it this way: you may have just found a golden opportunity. If she wants one of your designs, maybe she'd be interested in other designs of yours and you have accidently stumbled into a new income opportunity.

    [ 08-23-2002: Message edited by: Tracy ]

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    First, she's right. Everyone in that industry is highly aware of the issues. They're highly aware because there is so much THIEVERY.

    Second, before you come to a price, you need to know exactly what the use will be.

    Third, check your local library for a copy of the _Graphic Artist's Guild Hand Book_ -- they should have some categories that come "close". I just glanced through and didn't see an exact match, but I didn't spend much time at it.

    There's also a very good newsgroup for graphic artists (which you can access via google newsgroups -- alt.design.graphics). At least it used to be good -- I haven't been there in a while. And I know there used to be a couple of people working in textile design there, they may be able to assist.

    HTH, and congrats on having someone like your work so much. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    First, she's right. Everyone in that industry is highly aware of the issues. They're highly aware because there is so much THIEVERY.

    Second, before you come to a price, you need to know exactly what the use will be.

    Third, check your local library for a copy of the _Graphic Artist's Guild Hand Book_ -- they should have some categories that come "close". I just glanced through and didn't see an exact match, but I didn't spend much time at it.

    There's also a very good newsgroup for graphic artists (which you can access via google newsgroups -- alt.design.graphics). At least it used to be good -- I haven't been there in a while. And I know there used to be a couple of people working in textile design there, they may be able to assist.

    HTH, and congrats on having someone like your work so much. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Thanks for the advice!!

    Vicki [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    What you can't get Alt text on a cap? How about an animated Gif? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    Actually I got a letter in the mail the other day which said "click on the link below" - but no matter how many times I jabbed at the link with my finger nothing happened.

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