I assume an artist has to be very proactive about reminding the author to send the author/artist
agreement to the Journal when less than full copyright is in the work agreement? Do Journals just
assume if the author signs over full copyright, that means the art as well. It just seems like
policing this stuff would be nearly impossible; and that trying to clean up the mess afterward is a
good way to never work for those authors again.
On 1/26/15 11:05 PM, Jim Perkins wrote:
> This is good advice. In fact, many journals these days demand full copyright to all submissions,
> including the author's text and all accompanying artwork. As Nicolle said, the authors gladly sign
> these agreements since they see it as a necessary condition for getting their work published. They
> may not realize (or care) that it violates the terms of their agreement with the artist.
> Many illustrators have had success negotiating with the journals to accept something less than a
> full transfer of copyright. At a minimum, however, most journals are going to insist on one-tiome
> print rights PLUS a limited use license in perpetuity. That's because most journals now offer an
> online, archived edition and they want to be able to use the artwork in the online version long
> after the printed version is published. This would prevent you form putting any kind of time limit
> on the usage.
> I think your best bet is to grant them:
> 1. One-time print rights for a single printed edition of the journal.
> 2. Non-exclusive rights to use the artwork in an online or electronic archive version, /but only in
> the context of the original printed article/. In other words, they can only use the artwork as it
> appears in that one printed article. This prevents them from repurposing the art for other articles
> or adding it to their clip-art collection.
> Since you're granting them a non-exclusive, limited license, you keep the copyright and can use the
> artwork for anything else you want, but it satisfies the needs of the journal at the same time.
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