I’m in Australia also, maybe Mr Cruickshank would have some insight?
I’ll do a little assuming, but I’ll have a look around.
Without a contract or documentation it can be fought, but personally
I wouldn’t have the money to fight something like that.
When the companies help with the design, do you mean you supply a
file and they re-work it so they can wax print it?
Okay had a cursory look, and this may apply :-
"If you are a freelance artist, you will usually own copyright in
the work you produce. It the work is produced for a client, the
client may own copyright if:
- you agreed, in writing, the the client would own copyright, or
- the client is a Commonwealth, State or Territory government of
If you are a salaried employee, copyright in artworks produced as
part of your job are likely to be owned by your employer."
If the company makes a CAD from your work, then it’s still your
work, but you have given them permission to do it. I don’t think they
have permission to use your work.
Regards Charles A. (Sydney)