I run a webcomic with a partner that got featured in newspapers after one comic went viral. The following week, we got a call from someone employed by a known giant corporation. They were launching an app that was going to be something of a Snapchat for India. They were looking to populate some sections of it with visual content like comics, memes, photography etc.
Client: We love your webcomic and would like to feature it on our app.
Me: Great! How much are you paying creators?
Client: At this time, we don’t have a budget for content. But it will be great exposure for you.
Me: (groaning internally) Oh. Umm. Okay. You know what? It’s fine. The comic is free on the web anyway. You have my permission to use it. Go ahead and pick the ones you need. Just make sure our watermark remains there.
Client: So we will need you to submit a comic every Friday. It will have to be made to our specifications and will be uploaded only after our editorial team has approved it.
Me: Hold on! You want us to actually make new and exclusive content for you on a weekly schedule for free?
Client: Well you can use them on your Facebook page if you like.
Me: Sorry. We are not going to do that. It is really unfair of you to expect quality freebies from creators. Especially since you are an employee of one of the largest corporations in India.
Client: But you will get exposu-