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Selling .jpg File Of Your Artwork

Posted by: Nicole Jean-Louis on 02/01/2013 - 11:01 PM

If someone wants to use your artwork on a poster for advertisement (with your permission), and ask to buy the .jpeg file of the artwork, would you sell the .jpeg file to him?


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Posted by: JC Findley on 02/01/2013 - 11:05 PM

Yupp, prices range from 1K to 10 grand.

Once it is out of my control, it is dead to me.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 02/01/2013 - 11:08 PM

if it was a ton of money. because once you give up rights to that image you can no longer sell it anywhere else. you can sell them the rights to use it as posters only however. but you'll still lose control where the image is going. just also be sure that if you use your thing for advertisement, that you have the permission to do so. like if it's a portrait and recognizable to that person.

so lets say they have that image, you would have to erase it from here, never sell it again, and they can upload it and sell it instead. be careful what you sign if you go through with it.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Nicole Jean-Louis on 02/02/2013 - 9:02 AM

Greetings, J C and Mike,

As soon as I read your inputs, I quickly send my negative answer to the ‘E-mail from visitor’, whishing her success in her ‘venture’. The scope of deception is in everything including art. People will say anything to get the rights to your work of art. An artist has to be so careful. Within one week, I also have another offer on another artwork. I am going to post it on the discussion site in a few minutes. I am thinking of giving it the same treatment. What happens to me could be very informational to other artists.

I appreciate you taking the time to answer my request.

My best regards to both of you.

Nicole Jean-Louis


Posted by: JC Findley on 02/02/2013 - 9:06 AM

FWIW, many artists will license their work and send out the file. There needs to be a good contract in place and hopefully one of the artists that does that will drop in and give you the the other side of the debate.

For me, it is just not something I will do because regardless of the license in place I have no money to hire attorneys to enforce the contract and who knows where my work will end up in high resolution once it leaves my hard drive.


Posted by: Ginny Schmidt on 02/02/2013 - 9:44 AM

OK now, this might be addressed in a different topic, possibly in the help area, but having the question raised about making sure you have a good contract for such a sale, might there be somewhere in the FAA discussion area an example of a typical contract? Some advice as to points to be absolutely sure are included or to watch out for? I would have no clue how to protect myself or my work in a situation like the one above.


Posted by: Otis L Stanley on 02/02/2013 - 9:58 AM

Peace Nicole, Lots of comments here. I say, keep control of your images unless you want to sell them outright.
I think you made the right decision on this one. Great to read that your images are in demand.
Peace, O.


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