If it is not in the contract, there is no piece of mind.

They may fully intend to honor their word, but the next owner of the company may not. The new owner did not promise you those things, see- it is not in the contract.

If you are OK with the Work-for-hire, maybe you should send him a completely separate contract of your own that they must sign - giving you the rights they are granting you by email note. Then you sign their work for hire.  I think that might be the most productive way to proceed.  This may take the form of a letter with the wording from the emails, modified as needed. They sign - send it back to you. You sign work for hire - send it back to them. Now work can start.

Britt Griswold

----- Original Message -----
From: Laura K. Jordan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:52:45 -0700
Subject: [SCIART] Further contract question

Hello again,

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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