LOOKOUT ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS AND PROTECT YOUR WORK!!!!
Stock companies are having a field day in court!
14 years ago I was called by a royality stock company (which is still in business) about selling all rights to 20 illustrations by one of my artists for $150.00 each. The stock company owner (this is not exacuationg) was PISSED at me when I said no way, try $5,000 each. Four months later I got a fax from a designer in Seattle asking if we did an image for his local paper? Well, I research the stock companies site to find some copied my artist's work!! We took it to court only to find out they had the artist, who ripped off my artist, sign an agreement that he was the creator and waved the stock firm of any responsibility. The artist was just out of school, had no idea this was against the law and had no money. The stock firm refused to take the work off their site saying it was between our firm and the young artists. They bought the images from the young artist no us.
We continued going after the stock firm but it was 3 years before the stock firm took the images off their site. Now stock companies are going after artists on "look a like" images!!! What about these sites on designing logos for $325.00. I have a great story there as well.
You must read this blog!!!