How did CoOp get started?- (from the About page) CoOp Apparel was originally started out of the simple need for one of the founders to get decent looking clothing that actually fit. There simply isn’t high quality clothing in the size range that we are interested in that doesn't have surfboards or dogs drinking beer, not to mention the severe lack of decent fashion for daily "casual business"... thus CoOp was born.
As an artist do I own my art or do I sign it over to you? - Once you agree to work with CoOp you will sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) and a contract for either single piece submissions or to work with us in various forms. Single submissions will be used for general commercial use so your contract with CoOp covers all usage of your design, not just on apparel. If there is an opportunity to produce your design as a poster then we will make it happen and you get the same contract terms as you did with us for apparel. We will adjust the profits you get to match the original contract as well. We are here to work WITH artists, not steal from them.
What contract do I have to sign? - A basic contract is for single submissions and the details are outlined in the NDA and contract. Any business agreements are custom fit to the needs of both parties.
What is an NDA and why do I have to sign one? - A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also called a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), confidentiality agreement or secrecy agreement, is a legal contract between at least two parties (you and CoOp) that outlines confidential materials or knowledge the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict from general public use. In other words, it is a contract through which the parties agree not to disclose information covered by the agreement. An NDA creates a confidential relationship between the parties to protect any type of trade secret. As such, an NDA can protect non-public business information. NDAs are commonly signed when two companies or individuals are considering doing business together and need to understand the processes used in one another's business solely for the purpose of evaluating the potential business relationship. NDAs can be "mutual", meaning both parties are restricted in their use of the materials provided, or they can only restrict a single party.
Simply put: We don’t mind sharing our business information with you, but we don't want you to share it with anyone else.
What happens if someone does share private information when they signed a NDA? - This is a business and it will be operated as such, don't expect leniency if legal lines are crossed. We will deal openly and honestly with you, we expect you to do the same.
What is a contract and why do I have to sign one? - A contract is basically a deal between the artist and CoOp for any commercial product we agree to produce with specific terms like pricing and other details.
Do I (as an artist) get to see the numbers behind the deals? Meaning can I see what things cost, etc? - Yes of course. As an artist your input is paramount to the decision-making process. If you envision your design in a specific color or on a specific type of fabric but it will increase (or decrease) the cost of the item, then you need to be as aware of that as we are. Once an item is approved and set up for production you will be sent information that shows all the costs involved in the marketing and production of the product.
Can I check on my sales or see how popular my items are? - Yes. You will have full access to the sales figures for your products. There are key figures we will use to gauge the popularity and profitability of your designs.
Compare how (insert competition here) does things, and how do you compare? - We have done the research and can guarantee there isn't anyone out there that can compare to what we have to offer. Once you see the details at CoOp, you'll agree.
What if I want to cancel my contract with you? - You always have that option but remember since its all single submission at this point, you aren't tied to us for any length of time. We believe once you work with CoOp you won’t want to leave.
What if I have a great idea and just want you to check it out? – You can email us your artwork at any time and we’ll give you our feedback. However, we can't and won't use your artwork until there is a signed contract. We give you fast, honest feedback on whether your designs will work with current CoOp lines or if it may fit better in our future plans.
If you want us to check something out I'd suggest sending a smaller size version of the project and or put several watermarks on it. I would do this with anyone or if its posted anywhere on the web.
Don't let your hard earned work get stolen by anyone!