I went to an interesting Designer Breakfast the other morning, called A Penny for Your Thoughts. The discussion centred on whether designers are selling themselves short by settling for straight fees instead of keeping the copyright and negotiating licences for selling the use of their designs.
1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
One of the panel members, Susan Griggs, was instrumental in the successful lobby to change UK law back in 1988 with the introduction of the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. As a result, it’s now normal for photographers and illustrators to keep copyright in their work, control its use and the fees it can earn. She wanted to know why designers don’t do the same.