I would love some input on a situation that has just happened to me. I have produced several 3D animations for a pretty large name client. (Niot Microsoft size but pretty big, sorry can't name the company) In order to secure some of this work I submitted demo reels showcasing my animation and video work and also included an audio CD of my compositions. Along with the animations I ended up producing for them II also wrote music for each piece to compliment the visuals.
I noticed the other day on their website several of my animations with music. 1 of the animations had the music I had written for it but two of the animations had music that the editor took from my demo reel. In no way did I imply when sending out my audio demo that this music was their's to use freely for other projects. The disc includes a copyright notice. I feel that the editor simply thought, "I need a piece of music for this animation and I'll just take it from the audio CD"
I contacted the company and they are willing to negotiate a sum. The music pieces are 1:10 and 1:20 long respectively. I hope to get more animation and music work for them in the future and do not want to "pee" anybody off but... they did use my music without my permission. As the company seems to be willing to work with me I do not want to get a lawyer involved. In an age of illegal downloads where we have seen record companies go away how do you protect yourself from people utilizing your material?
Any thoughts or suggestions?
All the very best,