Frequently Asked Questions About Using the Library and Build a Masterpiece
How do I find a composer for my film?
There are several different ways that you may find a composer for your film: 1) You may buy a license to use music from our Library. 2) You may engage with a composer on Build A Masterpiece to develop a collaborative new work of art, or 3) You may enter into a contract with a composer that you find on our site in a “work made for hire” where you commission a composer to make a musical composition for you.
3) You may enter into a “work for hire” agreement with a contributor where you commission digital content. Any “work for hire” agreement is outside of the scope of services that Green Mountain Initiatives offers. You are encouraged to seek legal counsel prior to entering into any such contract. Be aware that a contributor who enters their services into a “work for hire” agreement may not be eligible to receive a copyright from the U.S. Copyright Office. “Works made for hire” are an important exception to the general rule for claiming copyright. When a work is made for hire, the author is not the individual who actually created the work. Instead, the party that hired the individual is considered the author and the copyright owner of the work. Whether a work is made for hire is determined by the facts that exist at the time the work is created. Please see page 3 of Circular 1 Copyright Basics found at https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf for example.
Who owns the copyright on my masterpiece I created from the GMI library?
If you choose to enter into collaboration with any other contributors, any copyright that you have already received is not compromised. In fact, if your new compilation is substantially different from the original, you may be eligible to receive joint copyright protection as joint authors/artists. Having a joint copyright does not negate any individual copyrights you may have previously had. Alternatively, or additionally, you may seek copyright protection for your individual contributions to the project. Please speak with an attorney if you have any questions or concerns regarding copyright.
But be aware that if you enter into an agreement for “work for hire”, you may not be eligible for copyright protection of your work. Again, talk to your attorney if you have any question about your legal rights.
Where are the rights I receive if I buy a photo from the GMI?
Please see our licensing agreement for a listing of the rights you receive if you buy a photo from our Library. These FAQs are not a substitute for the licensing agreement. In general, you may use Content to further your Project as long as the project is not mostly composed of the Content. You may not use the photo for resell on a third party website for example. However, you could use the photo on your website to sell merchandise. You may not transfer the rights to a third party and you may not use the Content in an illegal, unlawful, or morally questionable manner.
Do I lose my copyright if I upload my illustration to the GMI library?
How do I get royalties on my creation in the GMI library?
We are also trying to launch a program called WePair. If we use your creations in WePair (generally children’s books and illustrations) and they are accessed by WePair customers, you may be eligible for additional royalties that will be calculated in accordance with the number of WePair customers who pull your Content and the number of months that they access it. Because of the subscription nature of WePair, it is likely that royalties from this source will be less than royalties received from third parties.