Not sure whether this is better under business law but here goes...
I have been doing freelance computer renderings and animation for years. Everything I do, I put my logo
on it, not too big, but down in the lower right hand corner. Usually this is fine, and the client does not even mention it.
One in a while, and recently today I am at risk of losing a big job, because when I mentioned that my work will be branded with my logo they were just flat out amazed and upset. I can see their point, a little. If they want to show THEIR client, they don't want my logo on it all. BUT, I still stick to my guns and say, its my animation, I own it, take it or leave it.
I have heard about "work-for-hire" but I have never specifically be engaged in this. I have heard that commissioned work is implied to be the property of the person that pays for it, unless stated otherwise. Here's the thing. I DON'T USE CONTRACTS. Don't agree with them. I have only signed NDA's when absolutely forced to, and I HATE them. Every time I sign a contract I lose out on something in the future.
All I want to do is do my work, put my logo on it, and have it satisfy the client and hopefully other people will see it and look me up and call me. Is that so terribly ?
1) If I create a computer rendering for a company, WITHOUT A CONTRACT OR ANY KIND OF PREVIOUS DISCUSSION about it, who owns it, them or me ?
2) It is bad etiquette for me to want my logo on every piece of work I send out ?
3) Should I charge more to clients that don't want a logo on their work ?
4) Can I always legally display it on my website, regardless of the above answers for self promotion purposes only ?