The Illustrators offer a Standard License with every illustration. The Standard License grants unlimited usage to a client without restricting usage by The Illustrators. The Illustrators retain the image copyright and ownership and have the right to remarket the illustration to another client and use it for self-promotion.
The Extended License allows a client to have the same privileges as the Standard License while prohibiting The Illustrators from utilizing the image for another commercial purpose. The client cannot resell the illustration to another company, nor can The Illustrators. The Illustrators retain the image copyright and ownership and may use the illustration for self-promotion.
This is the way a lot of authors and illustrators get paid by publishers. The royalty is a percentage of the money made from sales of the book. Mainstream publishers can offer royalties of 10-15%. The royalties are typically split equally between the author and illustrator.
Transfer of Copyright
Upon completion of a copyright transfer a client assumes title and proprietorship of an illustration. The new owner may resell the illustration, alter or create derivative images based on it, license the image, and transfer copyright. The illustrator does not receive accreditation for the image and may not use the image for any purpose, even self-promotion without permission of the owner.
Illustrators Australia (IA) does not recommend illustrators assign copyright to clients.
Agreeing to a full buyout of an illustrator’s copyright by a client means agreeing never to use that image again or reap any further financial benefit it, including Copyright Agency Limited fees or royalties. CAL payments are made to the creator of work. When an illustrator signs a contract giving their copyright a client (like a publisher) they are giving away future CAL payments they’re otherwise entitled to.
Clients who request a full buyout of an illustrator’s copyright need to understand this and be prepared to compensate the illustrator accordingly with double or treble the original quoted price. Illustrators Australia believes clients don’t need to buy copyright. We recommend requesting a limited exclusive license instead.