I work at a small print shop that
also offers graphic design and illustration services. At the end of the day,
despite the fact I should have left work 15 minutes prior, someone called me.
Client: I am a designer, but
I do not have any tools like Photoshop. Can you create the print file for me
based on my idea?
Me: If you can give us a rough sketch we can
generate a design, but we charge $X per hour for that.
Client: Oh no, I’m designing
it. It is my idea.
Me: But I still have to be the one to make it printable,
and that takes time and work.
Client: Ah. Now, I don’t want to diminish you, but do
you have artists that know what they’re doing?
Me: Are you sure?
Me: I’m one of them, and I’ve won several awards
for my skill in illustration and design. I
know what I’m doing.
Client: Okay. I want to make
sure, I want to retain my copyright – no one else gets to use the image on my
card that I am designing for a Doctor.
Me: Once it’s paid for it’s yours and we won’t use
it elsewhere. If you fail to pay, it’s ours and we’ll use it as stock
Client: Good, good. Now, how
do I get my idea to you? It has light, the Doctor’s name, and footsteps, you
I’m not sure how you’d go about
copyrighting “light, a name, and footsteps,” but to be fair, it WAS “his idea.”