Brand wants to use my photos on T-Shirts

Discussion in 'Business of Photography' started by nick_ventura, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. Hi guys,
    I was recently contacted by a local small business and clothing brand about using 3 of my photos on their t shirts. They offered $100 for each individual photo used on a shirt so it would be $300 total and a tee of each they create along with photo credit. I am not sure if that is reasonable as I have never done something like this before. Can anyone give me insight as to what I should do or what is a reasonable offer for a deal like this? Thanks!
  2. You say this is a small local business, in which case I would consider the offer fair. Just make sure you see a proof of the artwork to make sure your credit is in place. Try to get them to estimate the numbers of shirts involved and put this in writing, so that you can negotiate more fee if the shirts start selling by the million!
  3. +1 to what David said, but don't just try. Insist on knowing how many units they intend to make and license the image for use on that number of shirts (if there estimate is small feel free to be generous and allow them a greater number). Also include a clause to the effect that they can license the image for an additional X units for an additional fee. What you want to avoid is the shirt taking off and selling millions and you only getting $100.
  4. david_henderson


    I agree with David Marchant.
  5. Thank you so much David and Dan! They are going to be making 40-60 of each so I told them that its fine but anything more and we'd have to negotiate for an additional fee. Happy Holidays!
  6. get it in writing!
  7. Nick, you need to get this agreement on paper, ASAP.
    You also need to make this a "limited use" license agreement. Believe me, it's better to be safe than very sorry later. The limited use agreement is a contract where you specify ALL the terms, and make clear (very clear) they cannot use your photographs or any derivatives of your work for any other reason.
    If you just say "OK, 50 or 60 T shirts sounds good, you make it easy to tempt them to send the file off the Vista prints and print off 2000 4x6 post cards or 500 5x7 greeting cards.
    Your on the right track by stating you would need to re-negotiate if they decide to print more than 60 t-shirts, yes that is appropriate and common. However you NEED-NEED-NEED to state your agreement is very limited to a specific number and not to be used for any other purpose.

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