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Infographic: 8 Types of Clients to Avoid at All Costs

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Everyone needs to work for somebody.

Whether you have a direct relationship with the clients that buy your services, or you get passed client feedback through other team members, getting frustrated with a bad client is an almost universal struggle.

Today’s infographic comes to us from GetCRM and it helps to make light of some of these tragic client experiences.

Clients to Avoid

Regardless of your industry or job title, there’s a good chance you can relate to these eight hilarious (but true) archetypes of clients to avoid:

Clients to avoid

What’s more dreadful?

The client that permanently disappears and never gives an ounce of feedback, or the client that is all over you 24/7 and claims to know your field better than you?

Whether you’re a tech entrepreneur or an investment advisor, it’s likely you’ve had run-ins with at least one of these larger-than-life archetypes.

The Eight Archetypes

According to the infographic, here are the eight archetypes of clients to avoid:

The Design Expert
They think that they have an eye for design, and think that their suggestions are vast improvements on whatever you’ve put together.

The Indecisive Executive
Their feedback could be useful if it didn’t always contradict itself. This client tells you to go one direction, and then to reverse in the exact opposite.

The Confused Commander
Reminiscent of Dilbert’s boss in the famous comic strip, the Confused Commander hires you for something they don’t understand and then provides advice on how to do it.

The Ghost
After dumping a load of work on you, they disappear – never to be seen or heard again. Hopefully they paid upfront.

The Client Who Cried Wolf
Everything is an emergency to this person. Heaven help you if there actually is an urgent problem, because it will likely be sandwiched between 10 other “issues”.

The Feedback Failure
This person has very specific feedback ideas and needs, but utterly fails in communicating them to you. Statements are general, subjective, and open to interpretation – and that doesn’t help move things along, at all.

The Penny Pinching Visionary
The Penny Pinching Visionary has a tiny budget, but massive expectations for your work.

The Workaholic
This person is seemingly awake and connected 24/7, and is wondering why you haven’t responded to their last email.

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Infographic: The Next Characters to Enter the Public Domain

This infographic shows which popular characters will be entering the public domain over the next 15 years.

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Infographic showing which popular characters that will enter public domain in coming years

The Next Characters to Enter the Public Domain

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Copyright is a type of intellectual property right that protects authors’ original works, meaning that their art cannot be used without approval. However, copyright protections do not last forever—eventually, all original work will enter the public domain.

In this graphic, we visualize the popular characters that are set to enter the public domain in the next 15 years, using data compiled from several sources.

How Does a Character Enter the Public Domain?

The amount of time a given work is protected by copyright varies, but this window typically lasts 70 years after the author’s death or 95 years after publication. Once the copyright expires, the work enters the public domain, signaling time for anyone to enjoy and interact with them without legal repercussions.

Which Characters Will Have Their Copyrights Expire Next?

The Brothers Grimm version of Snow White has already had its copyright expire. However, Disney’s iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs version will only enter public domain in 2032.

On January 1st, 2024, the Steamboat Willie versions of Mickey and Minnie Mouse entered public domain (and already, content creators are seizing the opportunity). The modern version of Mickey Mouse will follow suit in roughly 15 years.

Below is a list of popular characters that will be entering the public domain in coming years.

CharacterYear expected to enter the public domain
Sleeping Beautyalready public domain
Snow Whitealready public domain
Pinocchioalready public domain
Peter Panalready public domain
Tinkerbellalready public domain
Captain Hookalready public domain
Winnie-the-Poohalready public domain
Mickey Mouse (Steamboat Willie version)already public domain
Minnie Mouse (Steamboat Willie version)already public domain
Popeye2025
Pluto2026
Betty Boop2026
Goofy2028
Donald Duck2029
King Kong2029
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney version)2032
Superman2034
Bugs Bunny2035
Batman2035
Joker2036
Captain America2036
Wonder Woman2037
Mickey Mouse (Disney version)2037
Bambie2038

Several of Mickey’s companions—including Pluto (2026), Goofy (2028), and Donald Duck (2029)—will be entering public domain in the next five years along with Betty Boop (2026), King Kong (2029), and Bugs Bunny (2035).

The copyright on many of DC Comics’ stars—like Superman, Batman, the Joker, and Wonder Woman—will expire in the 2030s.

If you found this interesting, check out this visualization on the world’s top media franchises of all-time by revenue.

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