Very cool, Scott.
Thanks for this update as I’m sure the added freedom will benefit both Envato and authors alike. It also opens the door to some nice cross-promotion opportunities as well.
Some amazing entries here! Congrats to all the talented artists that submitted these loops!
Wow Gareth! Thanks for the heads up!
Nice work Brian! Congrats!
Great PDF Gareth!
What do you guys think about posting the PDF in an easily found spot on AJ so all authors can benefit from it? Possibly under the “Getting Started” tab?
What a thread! Worth its weight in gold… if it could be weighed
So much helpful stuff here. Gareth: let us know if you get that PDF made!
Contracts like Gareth described are an absolute must for large projects. While I am overall a trusting and optimistic person, the fact remains that without a comprehensive contract you will leave yourself open to issues later on that could have been avoided with a contract up front. These issues can and will arise even if the client means well. For example, without a contract to go back to, it will be hard to tell a client that they can/can’t do something with your material, and they will most likely feel justified in whatever they do since the contract either didn’t state the restriction(s) or didn’t exist in the first place.
I also believe that small projects should have a similar but less formal contract – this could just be an email that lays out all the rules of the game. The client can then respond to the email agreeing to the terms. That way you have it in “writing”.
Below are some good things to list for small custom work jobs – small meaning in scope, not money
1. Exact requirement of the job – length, style, edits, etc.
2. Deadlines – delivery of first draft, delivery of final product, etc.
3. Payment and payment time – so amount of money as well as when client will pay (usually immediately upon delivery of final product). It would be helpful to state something along the lines of “Payment shall be made within 24 hours of delivery of final product”, instead of just “upon delivery of product”. This will help to make sure payment is made promptly.
4. How/where credit will be given (or not)
5. License – where and how client can use the music (be VERY specific)
Type that info up in an email and have the client respond that he/she agrees to those terms. Then, if a problem arises down the road you have some good data to hand over to your high-powered attorney
Should make for a great birthday! Congrats!