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« on: August 17, 2010, 16:38 »
I have been contacted by a local midstock agency, one of their customers would like to use my photo in their trademark.
The product will be a new German beer.

I informed them that the photo they would like to use had sold almost 300 times. If it is no longer interesting to them, I have created an alternative picture, a montage with the same landmarks and a similar mood. The alternative photo has been forwarded by the agency to their client.

The question is how much should I request for the use of a photo in trademark and exlusive rights?
I'm a hobbyist and have no experience with such requests.
Your comments will be greatly appreciated.


« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2010, 16:50 »
magnum had an exactly similar situation and resolved it quite nicely. here's the thread. http://www.microstockgroup.com/istockphoto-com/contacted-by-an-istock-customer-price/

« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2010, 17:35 »
thank you ap, that's an interesting thread


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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2010, 18:21 »
Tom.....just make sure you get your money up front. It can be very difficult to collect afterward. You mention a midstock agency...are they taking care of it for you and included in the money? If you have to pay them also keep that in mind as well when pricing it.

« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 16:10 »
hello donding,
yes, they are negotiating with their client. They will certainly take their commission, but I trust them. If it works out they deserve a commission.
They have a good reputation and have always been fair to me.
No feedback yet though if the customer likes the alternative picture. Maybe they didn't expect that the first one had sold so often.


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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2010, 18:28 »
It's good that you have someone handling it for you and you know and trust them. I personally would rather pay someone commission rather than deal with the customer myself, but on occasion we have too. Hopefully they'll still purchase it with the new redesign. Good luck.


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