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Julie,
I would interpret the 4.0 license as you have - that anyone could use
and/or change your illustrations w/out w/out compensating you.
One option might be for you to increase your fee to what you would charge
if you were handing over the copyright.

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On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 12:42 PM, Julie Himes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
>
> I was asked to do a set of illustrations for a scientific paper, so I sent
> a contract granting rights to use the illustrations for the paper. The
> client came back and asked for Creative Commons License 4.0 for the images
> because the paper is funded by a federal grant and because of this, the
> client believes they should be accessible to the public.
>
> I’m not sure I understand what exactly that means and I don’t know much
> about the Creative Commons License. Does this mean anybody could use and/or
> alter my paintings without paying me for the rights? Have any of you
> granted rights like this for a project?
>
> Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks!
> Julie Johnson
>
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