I stumbled upon a question that I never thought of previously and I couldn't find the answer anywhere on the web, including blogs and forums. I also red "Logo Design Love" book and was looking in "Prices and Ethical Guidlines" book but with no luck. So I would be very grateful if you find time to answer me.
The client asked me what rights will he receive once he pays for logo design project in full. I stated that :
- Once client has paid in full he will have the right to use the Logo design in all media useful for business promotion.
- Final payment ensures that ONLY the agreed logo design becomes the clients property.
- I reserve the right to show logo in my portfolio
- The client has no right to modify the logo in anyway except to change its size.
- The client has no right to resell the logo.
After that the client asked me:
"If in the future, I want to sell my website with the logo. Would the sale be a conflict of the contract as the contract states I cannot resell the logo?"
My opinion is that client has no right to resell the logo because that way businessman could easily make money on logo-designer's work. But I don't know how things work if the whole company is being sold? Should the new owner contact me, should I be payed something or just give the new owner the rights to use logo?
I am not that worried if the company gets sold. But what if there's no company, and the client has only web site. What if he sells the logo and web site quickly after I design them for him? How should I protect myself from possibly being used?
Should I state that logo can't be sold for next X years?
I hope you will have the answers.
Thank you very much for your time!