Episode 17:

Silvia Baumgart


How To Protect Your Work As A Motion Designer Pt 2

Disclaimer: This podcast is for general guidance only and discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication unless stated otherwise. You must take legal advice and not rely on the information provided in this podcast before taking action. We do not update our podcasts and therefore, past podcasts may not reflect the current legal position. Have you ever felt freaked out and overwhelmed at the idea of creating a contract? If you already have standard terms and conditions, do you feel confident in them, or could they be tighter? Are you even aware of all the legal ramifications that can come from your creative works if not protected properly? Silvia Baumgart breaks down all of these issues and more in this second part of our series on copyright and contracts.
Silvia Baumgart, a trainee solicitor with an extensive background in protecting creatives and their work, joins us again to explain how to make the legal side of freelancing work for us and not against us. We talk about resources for finding legal templates, when you should seek professional advice and assistance, and what are moral rights and why you need them in your contracts. We dive into tips on how to handle when a client asks you to create something similar to another artist’s work, and the legal issues that could arise from doing so without proper steps being taken prior, and the legal rules of using others music or work within your showreels and how to prevent thorny legal issues when doing so. We also go through the biggest takeaways from both episodes so that you can walk away with a better understanding of how to protect yourself and your work. Do you use a template created by someone else for your contracts? Does it cover everything? Leave a comment below!

In this episode

  • Resources for finding legal templates
  • When you should seek professional legal advice and assistance
  • What are moral rights and why should you have them in your contract?
  • Your rights when a piece of your work goes viral, either with and without your being credited
  • The legalities behind using music in your showreels
  • How to properly source work created by others in projects you’re working on
  • Tips for how to handle when a company asks you to create something similar to another artist's work
  • Biggest takeaways from part one and part two

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The Freelance Contract Bundle

To go alongside these episodes we have created a freelance template contract bundle designed specifically for motion designers and animators. This bundle includes a commissioning contract for animations and standard freelance terms and conditions.
Complete with easy to understand explanations for each section.
It helps you to protect your work and get paid on time and much more.


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