I’m not sure whether this is the right forum for this question, but I need your help on something. I have been using Blender to make videos for scientists, and a couple of times I’ve been asked by a third party if they can use one of my videos. All of my videos are available on vimeo, and contain my logo at the end, but are NOT watermarked throughout. I am not sure whether I should charge a fee for use of the video by the third party, or not, especially since if I do ask for a fee and they refuse, they can always just use the video anyway! In fact, it’s impossible for me to know how many times one of my videos, paid for by “client A,” has already been used by someone else in a scientific talk or for some other purpose. It’s only the nice people who ask for permission, anyway. How do you deal with this problem? If I take my videos down from vimeo, then I have no resume’. If I leave them up, they can be used by anyone, even if they’re not downloadable because during a scientific talk the presenter can just play the video from the internet. Or should I chalk this up to “free advertising” and be thankful for the exposure? BTW, in the contract the client signs, it clearly states that the copyright for the video belongs to me…if they want to alter it or use still images from it, they need to ask my permission.
Thanks in advance for all of your advice!