Greetings! I am a professional animator and artist of 5 years, and I’m here on Fiverr just to make a little extra money outside of my regular job.
I have some concerns about artists potentially being taken advantage of on this website and I would just like to discuss some of my personal concerns and thoughts on the matter.
It’s no secret that businesses, companies, and individuals LOVE using Fiverr to help promote their businesses. There’s a lot of talented individuals on here doing great work for dirt cheap! This is fine for simple things like birthday cards or art just for fun, but where my concerns come in is how businesses use artists’ work for their own profit, while paying the artist as little as possible for the work ($5 - $20). According to Fiverr’s terms of service, a buyer may do whatever they wish with the work produced, which means they own to copywrite to it, and may use it for print, billboard, and selling your work, so while the artist gets paid $4 (minus Fiverr’s rather large 20% commission) the buyer could be potentially getting rich off of your work! I’ve even seen schemes where people will get logo design work for $100, and come on to this site and get an unknowing artist to do it for 5 bucks, netting them a sweet $95 profit for no work!
Fiverr states that buyers own the work, UNLESS you specify otherwise in your gig. I suggest ALL artists on Fiverr practice these steps:
- On your gig, explicitly state that the material produced may NOT be sold or used commercially, unless rights to the works are purchased separately (charge what you think is fair for this, because remember, this is our years of training, practice, and schooling they are purchasing. Not just the artwork itself.)
- Place watermarks on your work! Watermarks! Watermarks! Watermarks! Use your e-mail, your website, or your Fiverr username. State on your gig that these may not be removed, unless rights to the artwork are purchased. This will do two things: one, keep people from stealing your artwork and selling it, and two, will drive more traffic to your gig and get you more work! I highly suggest this practice.
- State that any violation of these terms could result in civil action taken against them… I haven’t had this happen to me yet, so I don’t have any experience filing court claims. If anyone does have any experience on this, PLEASE let me know! I would love to hear someone else’s experience in this matter!
-Use image searching services like http://www.tineye.com/ to see if your artwork has popped up anywhere it’s not supposed to. Look up book titles, or businesses you have worked with to see if they are using your work without your permission. Remember, they OWN your work, UNLESS you state otherwise in your gig… which you should!
That’s all for now. Just some suggestions from a professional artist on the subject. I’m going to start practicing these methods as well, which stupidly, I have not been doing. I hope this helps some new as well as experienced artists, and if you have any thoughts on the subject, things to add, or mistakes I have made, please add to the discussion! This is a great community, and I have been having a blast working on people’s projects here, and look forward to continuing to do so!
Thank you for your time,