Ok, I’ve emailed and heard back from Averly, but I still have questions…and if the answer remains the same, can somebody please clarify why the answer is what it is, because it doesn’t make sense to me.
This is a quote from @dan, from the Sept. update. The “Free with Premium” designs come with a commercial license, and we are allowed to sell the physical products that we’ve made with those catalog designs.
Unlimited free designs - Get access to print dozens of beautiful and practical designs in the new “Free with Premium ” section of the catalog. You can print as many as you want - for yourself, for gifts, or even to sell!
So, my question is about designs being submitted into the catalog, that fall under the free with premium designs. These are the terms for submitting “exclusive” designs…
This is copied and pasted from the email I received today from GF.
You’re right–if you choose to submit your design under an exclusive license, you are granting Glowforge exclusive rights to sell your design (including both physical and digital).
The terms mean:
• You may not sell, offer, or make your design (physical and digital) available anywhere else.
• You must not have any pre-existing arrangements to offer your design anywhere else.
• You may continue to use their design for personal/non-commercial purposes.
• Your customers can sell what they make without mentioning your authorship. In addition, they can change the design before they do.
Now what I’m wondering…is if I submit a design, and grant GF exclusive rights to it…under the terms…I can’t print my own design to sell, but everyone who gets it from the catalog can? Can someone please let me know why that is? I really want to make some things exclusively for Glowforge, but not if I can’t even make and sell what I created…but everybody else can. Can I “purchase” my own design from the catalog so I can get the rights to sell the physical items?
I would really love some clarity on this, because my brain can’t wrap around it. And if this really is the way it is…can someone please explain it a little better, because I don’t understand.
Also, is there anymore clarity I can get, on the benefits of making a design exclusive? How much more $ do we get from something that is exclusive, to something that’s not? It’s all pretty hazy at this point, and I guess I still need some convincing on why I should even offer exclusive designs.
(I want to add, this is not a negative post, I’m just trying to understand before I sign my rights away to my work. I’m actually really excited for the opportunity to be a designer for the catalog!)