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Copyright for Animation

If an artist is commissioned to produce artwork for a company's website, who owns the copyright? If the company is wanting to use the artwork for something like a logo, is there some reason the company would need to keep the original/physical piece of artwork (a painting, for instance)?

Best answers:

This would have to be discussed between the commissioner and the client. Usually if its a logo used widely or on merchandise that profits, they can buy the logo from the artist at a high price and own the rights to it and permissions to alter later on. It is up to the person taking commission if they are okay with that or if the logo is to be used for one purpose (such as a website) and not to be sold as a marketable logo.

The copyright belongs to the artist unless specified in the contract, a company might need to keep the original/physical piece of artwork if they are planning to create transformative and/or derivative versions of it.

Other student answers:

Depends on the country, the employer owns the copyright but the employee owns the authorship.

the artist owns the copyright, unless specified in the contract. There's no reason to hand over original artwork