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Hi everyone ;w;! I'm looking for a bit of advice and I was hoping I could find some here. uwu

Recently I've been auctioning adoptables of an original species of mine, and I was contacted by a reputable art doll maker looking to make art dolls out of them. They want to turn them into resin cast art dolls and sell batches of them, relying on me to make the designs, and in return they'll pay me $10 (the usual SB/flatrate I sell each design for) for each one, adding an additional $20 for each one that sells (making it $30, or my usual autobuy in the auctions).

I'm not complaining about it and personally think it's a fair price, but at the same time considering they'll be profiting off my original idea, should I be charging any extra for usage rights or etc? What I'm worried about is if she ever raises the price on them, and profits even more off my original idea- should there be a contract of some sort for something like this or even just overall for this kind of agreement? If so, what should it consist of and how would I go about doing one? I've never done anything like this before so I'm a mix of nervous and excited, haha.

Thank you so much in advance for any responses, I really appreciate the help /w\!

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Mar. 26th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
What sort of adoptables are we talking about? Unless they are very simple and quick for you to do, $10 for the rights to make resin casts sounds really low. How much do they intend to sell these resin figures for? Without knowing that, it's difficult to know if the $20 per item is fair or not.

Usually people pay at least a couple hundred for the rights to a specific design that they intend to sell on their own products, so at the very least I think your $10 sounds really low even with the sale bonus, which then you'll have to trust them to be accurate with their sales figures to get your cut. It's sometimes easier/simpler to just get the client to pay a one-time upfront fee rather than have to possibly chase after them for future payments.

Definitely for sure get everything in writing and sign a contract. I've heard of contracts with limited run clauses, like the dollmaker would get to make up to a certain amount of casts and then you have to renegoiate the contract (even if you end up just resigning to the same terms) but I wouldn't know the specifics needed for that particular kind of art transaction.


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