Small Press Idol - on fire!
- We've had a few people asking about the issue of Creators
Rights as it pertains to the Small Press Idol competition we are
running, so we want to make it clear to everyone where we stand. The
overall response and excitement level about this competion has been
overwhelming already, and we thank everyone who has taken the time
to look at the competition information that is here:
This is the information that we added to the page today (as
well as a couple cool logos submitted by one of our judges):
The issue of creators rights is very important to us, so we want to
make it clear as to what rights to images and characters are
involved in this competition and how Dimestore has always dealt with
1. For each image submitted, you are giving Dimestore the North
American First Printing Rights for that image. All reprint rights
and further use of the image is solely returned to the originator of
the image. This means, for each round, where we say the image will
appear is the only place the image will appear in print from
Dimestore without your express permission.
2. All rights to characters and concepts will remain solely the
creators in question. Please make sure that there is a copyright
notice: "Characters and concepts (c) 2004 Creators Name" on each
image submitted. Each publication Dimestore prints that has artwork
from anyone, contains a copyright notice that reads "Entire Contents
(c) Dimestore Productions and all artists whose work appears herein
as noted. All Rights reserved, reverting back to individual writers
and artists upon publication."
3. Dimestore has a long-standing history of helping establish
company names and characters. We have been in operation for 18
years, and have an extensive database of who did what when, and are
always willing to lend our knowledge to disputes of ownership, and
often point out to new publishers if their company name or title
already exists. If you are new to copyright and trademark law,
please see our How To section for information. Dimestore highly
supports creators rights to the control and ownership of their
creations, and highly advises your protecting those rights.
So we hope that makes everything clear in that area, for anyone out
there that was apprehensive about the issue. We hope you'll stop in
at: http://www.dimestoreproductions.com/SPA/Idol/index.asp and read
the rest of the guidelines and set-up for the contest, and let's
make this a truly powerful event, that helps the Small Press/
Independent market grow into it's own.