What is the name of your state?A coworker is very talented in creating artwork, but his role at company has nothing to do with it. He created some artwork using his own time for me, and those are completely free and out of his goodwill. Could there be any issue for me to use these artwork for work purpose?
You will want your coworker to transfer the copyrights in the artwork to you, through a formal written and signed transfer of copyrights agreement, or provide you with a license to use the artwork for your work project.Thanks! I am based in Minnesota. The artworks are 3D simulated pictures and videos. My coworker created those from scratch, those are for a work project that I am leading. So if he gave those artworks to me, and even reviewed those with me to make sure those are what I want, I assume there wouldn't be any issue?
Anyone who infringes on copyrights can be sued for copyright infringement. So, yes, both you and the company could be named in a lawsuit.Thank you for the input, very helpful!
A different but related topic/question, if there is no agreement signed, and later on, that coworker changes his mind and wants to sue the company for copyright, will I as an employee that acted upon the company's behalf be responsible for such lawsuit? (just curious how much liability an employee has for such work related activities)
An artist can draw a picture of a company's product and the copyrights in the drawing will belong to the artist absent any agreement to the contrary.Thanks!
The artwork are pictures and videos of a product. The raw product drawings that the artwork is build on belongs to the company/project. The drawings are not public now but will be once the product is launched. The software used to create the artwork is open sourced. In this case, is the coworker still the copyright owner?
It is often the case that unauthorized users of copyrighted works do not understand copyright laws.Too often, untalented people have very little respect for talent, time or effort of the artist. #GRRR
It is cheap and easy to have removed from online locations any of your work that is infringed. You simply file a DMCA takedown notice.My perception is based on personal experiences. I'll refrain from creating a list of who, what, when.
I stopped drawing or painting on anything copiable, transferable. I learned to say no to requests for art.
I painted the knot hole of the neighborhood tree when no one was looking. It was a year before I painted it again. Neighbors met Me that day. They are always very nice.
People take photos of the tree and post it on Facebook... that doesn't bother Me because it's a PUBLIC tree.
What's annoying is when someone asks for artwork, the price is agreed upon & after the artwork is complete they say they love it but they can only pay $65 because that's what the sign shop would charge. (I tore it in half, told them to go to the sign shop.)
It's way too much stress to create someone else's art idea.
The first time I considered a Copyright legal case, I was informed the retainer would be $5000. That was 1987 or so.
Then there's the thing about, You can win the judgement but You may never see a dime.