Okay. Serious question.
Let's say I had an aquaintance, his name was John. John is an artist.
John had a few buds in the music biz. One of these buds, Phil, was friends with a popular band, Dinkisfarts.
Phil wanted to have John do up some artwork for Dinkisfarts, cuz well, John was a fan and they just wanted to do something cool.
John had another artist bud named Scott who's style he thought would fit Dinkisfart's image perfectly.
John, being a cool guy, hooks his bud Scott up with Phil. they talk, and Scott cranks out a cool B&W image.
Scott gives that Image to John to digitally color. John goes balls out, really hooks it up. Makes the dull B&W artwork shine.
John sends a jpg of final image to Phil, Phil shows it to the band, they go nuts cuz it's perfect for em, and they wanna use it.
Year and a half passes.
Phil hooks John up with HUGE merch company. John sends them a CD with the image burned on it to use to make sample merch pieces to show tha band. Mock-ups if you will.
Everybody finally hopes that they will see a lil cash and that the image will finally get used to promote the band they like.
half a year passes.
John gets an e-mail one day cuz he's on Dinkisfart's mailing list, and sees that the image that he helped create is being used on shirts, etc.
This is the first that John hears of this. He's a little tweaked because he never got paid, got sent a release form, etc. Later in the day after a few phone calls, he learns that Dinkisfarts used that same image for their summer stint on the BLOZfest tour.
This really angers John.
John calls Phil and Scott.
Phil says he tried to get us paid, but nothing happened.
John says BS.
John talks to Scott.
Since Scott is the originator of the B&W lineart that John colored, it turns out that the merch company ONLY got Scott to sign off as sole owner of the image, even though John was the one who digitally colored and sepped the piece. And it's HIS files that the merch company used to run films to produce the shirts.
Scott got paid. Promised to kick John some cash, but it's been over 6 months and Scott has sent not one thin dime.
Legally, since Scott signed off on the piece, even though it was a collaboration between 2 artists, does John legally have a leg to stand on to try to get some money or free swag out of the merchandising company for all the hard work he's done?
What can he do?
talk amongst yourselves.