The company I am providing illustrations for is insisting on a 'work
for hire' contract even though they have agreed that I can maintain
ownership of individual drawings that make up the figures I provide
them with, use the full figures for my portfolio/website, and for my
personal educational purposes (I also teach on the same subjects), and
that they won't re-sell the images or allow reuse by a third party.
They have agreed to all of these things via email. I asked them to
send a contract with these terms clearly stated and they sent a
standard work for hire contract with no language about any of these
My questions are 1: Can including these terms in the contract actually
give me these rights even though they seem to contradict what 'work
for hire' typically means?
2: He says I have the emails for peace of mind, are the emails enough
or should I keep pushing for the language to be written into the
Thank you very much! This is a steep learning curve for me,
especially under time pressure!
Laura K. Jordan, PhD
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