Ok, noob licensing question. First of all I bought some art off someone and got semi stung when I learnt that I couldn't do what I wanted to do with the produced art, I did not own the rights to it and could not use it in any other location than specified, nor could I modify it or redistribute it.
I've looked up UK copyright law (most workers are in the UK), section 5 states:
Who owns a piece of work Normally the individual or collective who authored the work will exclusively own the work and is referred to as the ‘first owner of copyright’ under the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. However, if a work is produced as part of employment then the first owner will normally be the company that is the employer of the individual who created the work. Freelance or commissioned work will usually belong to the author of the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary, (i.e. in a contract for service). Just like any other asset, copyright may be transferred or sold by the copyright owner to another party. Rights cannot be claimed for any part of a work which is a copy taken from a previous work. For example, in a piece of music featuring samples from a previous work, the copyright of the samples would still remain with the original author. Only the owner, or his exclusive licensee can bring proceedings in the courts. http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/co..._copyright_law
That's ok, seems fair, error on my part, live and learn.
Now I'm hiring more artists and musicians, it's the beginning of the process and I've requested they all give me royalty free license for the work (2D images and music).
Am I correct in thinking that a royalty free license gives me the rights to:
- Redistribute the work in multiple ways (all under the same company name)
- Sell the work with my own license (eg, "buy this for £5 for use in your games etc")
- Give it away for free
- Modify it
I know the standard and genuinely best advice here is 'ask a lawyer' but before I flush valuable money down the toilet that could be used elsewhere I just wanted to ask to see if the answer was obvious or if anyone knows!
Do I need to get them to sign anything? Is royalty free the right license? At the moment they are sending me emails with the file attached saying
I [Name] give royalty free rights to [Company Name] for attached items.