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But as of 1st jan 2012, RIPS will collect the fees on MPS's behalf. If you have a website with music on it, and you also do montages and slideshows with copyrighted music, your annual cost a year is around $4500 to cover all three agencies.
In my contract I cover intellectual rights, artistic freedom, limits of liability, force majuere and payment. The contract protects my clients as much as me.
It also sets a serious tone that they are dealing with a pro and not a hobbyist, so it promotes a relationship of respect and less 'anyhow', of course how you conduct yourself is more important, like Hart said the best way is to deliver your promise.
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The contract can be altered from time to time to keep up with your current prestige level. The higher level you attained, the more you can demand. Sure, if you are not worry about getting jobs anymore, your contract can favour you more then both parties.
There are people like myself walk away after reading through those contract before i buy something. Most business assume you won't read but just sign and worry about it later.
I tend to ask the service provider to give me their T&C so I can read them over if I need to be in contract longer or bigger amount or substantial emotion investment involve. I am a detail person and I like to know the specific details and I won't use any service that asking beyond their means in their contract. I really hates it if I have to go on very technical terms and jargon.
The more you word it legally, the more you demonstrate that you know about the legality of every aspect of the business so it will difficult to argue that you are not aware if the case was to proceed to court. I don't understand it all, so I don't try to make it that way. I do have a close friend who I ask advise as friends from time to time.
Life is complicated, don't over complicate it further with unnecessary thing, but communication is the best form of reducing the risk. Even better to put the communication in writing.
Last edited by sjackal; 15th March 2012 at 12:41 PM.
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Thanks for the input, Agetan and sjackal!
Sorry for starting this thread and then disappearing for nearly two months from CS, I went overseas for assignment followed by a long holiday and then a mad catch up of backlogs and client care. Again this reiterates the fact that to professional photogs (and many self employed persons) time is the number one most valuable and expensive resource.
Really glad that many good insights are shared here, obviously many of you are experienced pros with the right tune. It is no coincidence that we come into agreement (on the whole in general) because we all made our own mistakes earlier on somewhere and somehow all arrive with similar truths.
Be smart and learn from the mistakes of others.
In summary I want to say here is; love your work and your passion like an artist, but when it comes to business, be business minded, you need to profit not just to provide financial gains, but also self esteem and mental nourishment for your mind. Love your clients, but don't fall into the position of being abused or manipulated. If clients are abusive I say it is because you allowed them to be so because you failed to behave professionally that they did not accord you that level of respect. By not behaving professionally I am not saying you behave like a child or monkey but rather you lack confidence in yourself or your product, fear of commanding your right price and failed to establish your rules and operation principles, and allowed yourself to be pushed over. Drop that hobbyist attitude, if you still treat it like a hobby people are going to treat you like you are playing too.
Thanx to all replies again.
Last edited by JasonB; 12th April 2012 at 01:25 AM.