Over at the Dear Rich, Nolo's IP blog, they've got a question and answer segment which is worth some attention for those advising individuals in the creative industries:
Dear Rich: I'm trying to figure out whether to ask for a lump sum payment or royalties for a deal I am making. Is there some formula for figuring out what to ask for in terms of a lump sum?
This can be a critical question for owners of rights who are granting intellectual property rights to others for exploitation by that other person (for example, the owner of rights in a graphic novel or screenplay who is being asked to grant an exclusive option or license to a film producer). As with many questions, the question of whether to ask for a lump sum up-front payment or royalties is best answered by challenging the premises underlying the question - in short, why not choose both?
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