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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 09:20 pm (UTC)
If you feel strongly about and believe in this charitable organization and want to do work for free/grant them rights for free, that's completely your prerogative. If you WANT to work with this other charity and grant them free rights because you support it too, that's also no one's choice but yours.

But, I'd caution, be careful how thin you spread yourself with the volunteerism and be prepared for the point you'll have to starting saying no. Nothing against any cause in particular, but charitable work in general (everything from free-the-whales to TNR-the-cats to deworm-the-orphans) is something where there's always more to be accomplish then there is available time and labor. The point where it's just too much WILL come. Don't feel bad saying no or drawing a line in the sand.
Jun. 17th, 2014 08:15 am (UTC)
That's good advice. Thank you for that.

And yes, the second has been a bit of an issue for me lately. I'm having to learn to say no, despite my eagerness to please and get the message out there.


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