*rant modus on*
As some of you may know, I have worked as a freelance multimedia producer, college lecturer and author for the last six or seven years. It worked quite well so far (and still does) but I had some negotiations or talks with potential clients on the phone lately that really cracked me up.
Case 1: A big player among German telephone/ISP
Caller: "We want you to design a number of Flash online games for our new portal ..."
Me: "Great, thank you ... appreciated."
Caller: "It's very important that the games attract pupils aged 11 - 14, that they are truly unique and have more than only one level."
Me: "Uh ... ok ..."
Caller: "However, we dont want to buy the games but merely want to rent them."
Me: "That's how other companies do it, too. And big companies usually already have a detailled idea on how much they want to pay."
Caller: "Right. That would be EUR 100.- per month and game we actually use."
Me: "Errr ... and how long do you plan to use each game ... if you are going to use it?"
Caller: "Well, one month."
Me: "Sorry, no deal."
Case 2: A privately held college wanted me as a fulltime college lecturer for one month. Payment: EUR 2,400 plus VAT. Again: No deal.
Case 3: Another privately held college asked me to write a concept and the instruction material for a specific course.
According to the contract they wanted me to sign, the college would be the owner of the copyright and entitled to make as many copies of the instruction material without paying royalties. The college would try to sell my work to other colleges and if they succeed, they would pay me 8% of their proceeds. Changes they make, no matter how small, would further reduce my royalties. With the third change my right to receive royalties would expire.
I said, if I understood him correctly, he basically wants a free concept and free instruction material for his college, and if he actually manages to sell some copies, he may pay me some cents - as long as he didn't do some minor modifikations before.
*rant modus off*
Now please tell me: Am I crazy or or are they? If you are self-employeed: did you have similar experiences? I know, unemployment is high here, but still ... peanuts are for monkeys, not professionals.
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