by D.M. Atkins
Anyone who is buying rights to your art, photography, writing, or any other creative product, who doesn’t exchange a written agreement with you defining the limits of that agreement is, at best, ignorant and reckless and at worst, extremely unprofessional and probably taking advantage of you. Agreements do not only protect the publisher, but they also protect the creators of artistic products as well. If a publisher uses and/or distributes creative work without checking for creator’s identity and rights, they may inadvertently enable plagiarism.