Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business Practice digital version

Including copyright, negotiation, contracts, royalties, agents and more


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Written by an illustrator for illustrators, The Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business Practice describes in easy terms how the law affects the business of illustration, and how to avoid the worst pitfalls. As well as copyright, contract and agency law, it deals with business practice issues such as how to licence illustrations, client negotiating techniques, fees and what to expect from your agent.

Covering common questions such as;

  • My illustration is based in a photograph. Will I be in trouble?
  • Is it OK to include a trademark in my illustration?
  • I’ve been asked for ‘below-the-line’ rights. What are they?
  • My illustration is based on a designer’s rough. So who owns the copyright – me or the designer?
  • I’ve been asked to ‘waive my Moral Rights’. What are moral rights? What does ‘waiving them’ mean?
  • My client says we have a contract, but I haven’t signed anything. Is he right?

There’s a clear guide to royalty contracts, and useful checklists to ensure you’ve considered all the relevant issues in particular situations.

The Guide includes the original Association of Illustrators standard contract for illustrators, widely adopted by throughout the industry. Should all else fail, there’s even a guide to the Small Claims court, which describes the whole process, including how to make sure you get the money that’s been awarded to you.

The distinctive cover is by Russell Cobb, and each chapter is illustrated in full colour by well known illustrators, including Harriet Russell, Kenneth Andersson, Sarah Hanson, Nigel Owen, Lasse Skarbovik, Paul Bommer, Andy Smith and Sarah Coleman.

‘This is an essential guide for all practicing illustrators, ensuring they are armed with valuable knowledge for conducting their business in an informed and professional manner.’ Tamlyn Francis, Arena agency

‘Author, Simon has managed to break the law down in a way which makes it accessible, and this is often the hardest thing to achieve…. An indispensable resource for every illustrator.’ Helen Dutta Copyright Adviser, Design and Artists Copyright Society


Written by Simon Stern, published by Association of Illustrators, 2008. Inclusive of 2017 addendum text.

ISBN 978-1-5272-2810-8
PDF 24 colour illustrations,148 pages, 265 x 215mm. We recommend viewing the book in Acrobat for 2 page view.

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