Why you should license a cartoon
As a full-time professional freelance artist, my cartoons represent time, effort, creative endeavour and intellectual property. Retaining copyright and charging for use enables maintenance of the existing catalogue, supports the creation of new work and covers time spent responding to enquiries.
Professionals working in the area of information privacy and security, both in the private sector and government sectors can enhance the materials they use with effective graphics. Most publish their lectures and advertise their services widely on the internet.
Cartoons travel rapidly on internet making it very likely professionals will recognise my cartoons being used. People are usually very good about getting in contact to arrange use.
However, are cases of unlicensed use of my cartoons sometimes occur. To recoup fees in those cases my agents Cartoonstock.com help out. They use a commercial copyright enforcement service with special software to sift through the internet and signal potentially unlicensed cartoons.
Once an incidence is identified and I confirm there is no existing arrangement, they contact the user, educate them about the need to pay for images used and recoup a usage fee. They can enforce any given claims (e.g. cease and desist demands, compensation and reimbursement claims) referring to any copyright infringing use of the cartoons mentioned in their own name and at their own expense.
Royalties for the cartoonist
Cartoonstock deduct a percentage fee for their own services, after paying royalties to the cartoonist.
Make sure the cartoonist gets a larger share of any fees by licensing cartoons directly via this website.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer free use of cartoons or respond to such requests, due to the time involved and the need to protect relationships with existing customers.
Chris Slane's privacy-oriented editorial cartoons are painfully funny!