Contracting seems like such an inefficient way of doing things. Both the
Clients and the Contractors seem to spend so much time negotiating
contracts and keeping up with contract law, as well as all that lost
time quoting for jobs that you don't get. Maybe taxpayers would be
better off with government employees. Does GNSI lobby for more staff

Will Smith
Projet Officer (Botanical Imaging)
Queensland Herbarium
Science Delivery
Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA)

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, Queensland, Australia 4066
Phone: (07) 38969508

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Hi Emily,

That actually is very helpful.  Thank you!  Yes, I was referring
primarily to registering for copyright.  How do you typically decide
when or if you are going to register your artwork through the US
Copyright office?  And am I correct in that you must file each image

Thank you,


Quoting "Emily S. Damstra" <[log in to unmask]>:

> Laura,
> I'm a bit confused by your questions, so I'm not sure if this will
> The only "official licensing process" is the contract you create and 
> sign together with your client.
> One resource for licensing language is the GAG Handbook (Graphic 
> Artists Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines).
> There is nowhere you need to file your contract - just make sure you 
> keep a copy.
> If, by "file a license" you actually meant "register for copyright" 
> then you can find out detailed info. about that at the US Copyright 
> Office
> website:
> If your client will be owning the copyright to your illustrations, 
> then it is they who will register for the copyright (if they choose to

> - it's not required).
> If you license to your client use of your illustrations for their 
> project, and you retain all other rights, then it is you who would 
> register the copyrights (if you choose to).
> ---
> *Emily S. Damstra*
> natural science illustration
> Waterloo, Ontario
> (519) 616-3654
> *[log in to unmask]*
> On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM, Laura K. Jordan <[log in to unmask]>
>> I am still at a bit of a loss when it comes to figuring out the 
>> licensing etc.  Do they then file a license for each figure, or do I,
or do we both?
>>  I have never been through that process before.  Do you know of a 
>> good resource for understanding the official licensing process (in 
>> terms of who, when, and how)?
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