Saturday, September 29, 2012

Freelancing, Facebook, and More

Hey Ideation! Today was our 3rd weekly meeting this semester; and 17 members showed up. Wonderful!! As voted, today's lecture/discussion was on freelancing; it was a general introductory of the subject and really providing everyone a general idea of what it's like and the do/don't, etc. We'll actually be stretching freelancing for the next three weeks since it's such a huge topic to begin with: next week is Client & You Etiquette, then Pricing, and we'll finish up with Networking/How to Attract Clients. For anyone who missed today's meeting, here's the paper that was handed to everyone. I also added some of the sites mentioned below.
Red Book - AAU site that provides a massive client list
Get a Cloud Server as backup for your artwork and be able to access it anywhere. These include sites like Dropbox.


One interesting topic that came up was posting artwork on Facebook, so I'm here to get everyone in the clear on that from my understanding. Does Facebook own the pictures you post, including illustrations? Yes. Can they sell it for profit and completely strip it from your portfolio? No. On Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities page under sub category 2. Sharing Your Content and Information, it states:

"For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it."

So why does this exist? If police or some sort of issue ever get involved with you, Facebook wants to support the case through photographic evidence, and be able to protect themselves/their legal rights. If you are really that worried about sharing your work on Facebook, there is an easy solution: don't post your work there. Wanna post, but keep your rights? Watermarks, lower/smaller resolutions, just really do what you feel most comfortable with. This was the extent of my research; if you find something within the fine print that I did not read please keep us notified by e-mail.


Started the workshop a little later today (5:10PM): Grim Reaper and his misinterpretation of understanding/experiencing a holiday/event (Time limit: 30 minutes). Lots of great/creative works came out from this! I saw concept designs of the Reaper making a Thanksgiving dinner out of the house cat, and fishing in a polluted swamp with dead fish. Anyone who wishes to share their work from the workshop and/or even from personal work can on our Tumblr page. Now to enjoy some fun photos taken at the end of today's meet!

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