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Working for Charity Advice

So, I have a bit more of a question to ask people here for advice about the situation I've been recently finding myself in and know is going to go and how to protect myself and my rights as an artist.

I work often for a charity run by a scientist and frequently create art for them to use on their website, promotion, papers or even in court cases.
(Examples: http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-10-30-MorganRakeMarksHuffPost.jpg
http://www.freemorgan.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/help-morgan-facebook.png )

I've also lately been creating art towards the movement I stand by which I allow people to use free of charge under the assumption nothing is used for profit.
(Examples: http://okura.deviantart.com/art/Who-is-Shamu-Poster-411168698
http://fav.me/d7gr5zw )

My situation comes from lately that I have had a lot more of the organizations take notice of my work and are keen to get me to make stuff for them. Some are asking for freebies and others want to pay for it so they can sell it and a lot of other situations.

Thing is, the scientist I work for a few other select charities I work with, I will do free of charge, but others I would charge. The scientist I work alongside personally and she knows my restrictions and respects them.
Others, not so much...

I'm wanting some advice and suggestions on how to protect myself with this.
Like, how should I react if a company is wanting to purchase the rights of an image I make them to sell items?
What do I do if I discover them doing it without my permission?
How should I react to a charity accusing me of offering one organization freebies but not theirs?

And anything else anyone can suggest is important I should know.

Thanks in advance guys!

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Jun. 10th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
"How should I react to a charity accusing me of offering one organization freebies but not theirs?"

You tell them you're sorry but your time is limited and that you have obligations that prohibit you from working for them. You owe them nothing beyond that, anything else you tell them they'll probably just throw in your face in an attempt to bully you into cooperation.

Also I'd suggest that, if you're not doing this already, when you supply the art, supply it with the Terms of Use and a bill.
Basically whatever you would ordinarily charge and then give them a 100% discount on account of them being a charity whose cause you're sympathetic to.

That way they know the work is not worthless; it took time and effort and most other people would have to pay for it. It helps people not under-value your work and treat it with more respect.
Also, depending on location, you might be able to use it as a tax deductible.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for that suggestion.
I took that up with the scientist I regularly work with and she was extremely keen for me to do so. Stated it would be useful in many ways.
So I've started preparing invoices for any type of work I do.

Thanks again for that!


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