Questions about copyright law from a designers point of view. Answers should not be treated as bona fide legal advice, but instead as advice from designers who've experienced copyright issues in their career. Ask anything about how copyright relates to graphic design, though bear in mind that we are ...

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Android material design resume document copyright

I have just came up with an idea of making Android material-design themed resume/CV document. Do I infringe any copyrights by doing so? As You may imagine, I even could apply to Google itself via this ...
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What is the line in using geometry based art as inspiration or considered derivative art?

ORPHAN WORK During my free time, I decided to make a Naruto Fan Art Wallpaper. In my wallpaper I wanted to put itachi as the main subject. However, due to short schedule, I changed my mind to use his ...
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Using CC BY-SA 3.0 images in website: does 'share alike' affect my websites license?

I'm using some images (mainly as backgrounds, but otherwise I may as well) for my a website I'm making. Does the 'share alike' clause effect the license of my website (the code, html, css, ...
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Metal sheet with diamond pattern [closed]

I'm not sure if this question is for this website and if it's not can someone point me in the right direction but what I want is a picture/texture of a metal sheet with that tall or long diamond shape ...
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Is it against copyright laws to use a vector image as a reference? [duplicate]

I created a logo based on a vector image. It is not identical at all, but the idea of it is similar. Is this a violation of the copyright laws?
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Copyrights regarding world maps

I am doing some freelance work for a client and she has asked me to illustrate a map visualising Africa and Europe. She is including the illustration into a book she is writing in the hopes of ...
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modified arial font, is it legal to use in a logo design [duplicate]

I desinged a logo for a company and want to sell them the logo. The font I used in the logo is 'arial'. I converted the the font to outline and vertically stretched the font by about 15%....does that ...
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Are the following logos the same?

I designed this logo for a company, the logo has 4 curved corners (arrows) which represent the different dimensions that particular company works in and the gap between these arrows shows how open the ...
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How stringent is copyright law regarding book quotes on posters?

I've had the idea to produces several series of posters, each poster featuring a quote from a science fiction novel with accompanying artwork created by myself. Each poster is created from scratch ...
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Android and iOS logos on my website

Can I insert Android and iOS logos to sponsor an App on my website? Or is it considered copyright infringement?
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Copyright, Outright Copying and Client Requirements [duplicate]

I've been asked to recreate some vector artwork based on an image supplied by my client "from the internet". I told them I cannot copy it exactly but can create something of a similar nature. "Oh if ...
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Can I copy a logo for personal use?

I wanted to make a logo for 3 friends of mine, just for fun. They asked me if I could make a logo for them, because they simply want a team logo for a video game they all play competitively. Nothing ...
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Buying a logo from a graphic designer: who owns the copyright?

I am working with a graphic designer for a new logo. They are offering the logo, but have said there will be parameters put in place to prevent me from editing the logo myself. Is this commonplace ...
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How do web designers and companies copyright their work?

Most of the small companies just create designs and do not apply for a copyright. How does copyright come into play if the designer or the company has not copyrighted their work?
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Can a logo using a generic typeface be copyrighted?

I've run into an issue with my printer denying printing, one of my designs is a parody of Hotline Bling and contains the familiar text in Helvetica Neue in the background. The reasoning is because ...
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Re-utilizing Vector Stock Design

I am wondering if I can re-utilize Vector Images that I bought from a stock image site without using the exact design. For example, I have purchased several vector images that are called Set of 28 ...
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Reuse previous design for new projects

I have a client that I did branding and design for a particular program within a non-profit organization. The program is now cancelled by the organization the client was working for. Now my ...
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Is it legally ok to show concepts for existing companies?

I sometimes do rebranding exercises for companies that already exist (eg. a new design for their website, a new logo, etc) but they're uncommissioned and done without asking for permission. Is it okay ...
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Would this be copyright or patent issue [closed]

I'll keep it simple. As a hobby I do photo edits for people on Instagram to help them promote things, in this case an up-and-coming body builder/power lifter. For the most part he has always just ...
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Who designed monokai color scheme?

I am in love with Monokai color scheme. Did the makers of Sublime Text design it or is it in use before Sublime Text arrived? The second part of the question is that can I freely copy it for my own ...
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Can I use a famous or “patented” color on my projects? [duplicate]

Can I use on my layouts a color that is patented by a company? Let's say that a company logo uses the CMYK value 45 10 26 5 and they've patented that color to be used only and exclusively by them. ...
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Using Copyrighted Characters in Portfolio?

I've seen numerous design portfolios online that involve characters from movies, TV, games, you name it. I'm building a portfolio and for one project I was thinking of creating a few mobile UI ...
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Know any books on copyright, trademarks, starting a freelance business for graphic designers?

I want to have a firm grasp of these topics and I don't know where to start. I want to know how to copyright my work, the differences between copyrights and trademarks as well as how to legally ...
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Logo license remove

I have downloaded small image that I want to use it on my website but I have to buy it and really I couldn't do that. Also I want to do some changes in it. The question: If I downloaded the image and ...
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Adobe Bridge > Output > Footer > Split text between two lines

I am in need of some advice regarding the PDF output in Bridge. I need to add a specific copyright line at the bottom of the outputted pdf but the text is too long. Is there a way to split the text ...
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Popular brands logos to use in a template / copyright issue?

I've seen many templates sold on Themeforest and other similar marketplaces use popular brands logos (e.g. Apple, Samsung, Google, etc.) in 'Our clients" sections. I also sell templates on different ...
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Can I use the Google font 'Lato' for a logo design?

I am creating a logo and would like to use the Google Font 'Lato', can I use this font in my logo design or are there copyright/limitations I need to worry about? I can't find anything online other ...
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Using fan art for book cover

Let's think about the Harry Potter franchise for a moment. Suppose that I wrote a great book about wizards, and I found an awesome water color of Daniel Radcliffe (the guy who played Harry in the ...
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Is it OK to copy a person's likeness in a realistic portrait without their permission?

Suppose I am designing a set of plates for the next D&D books (which I am not, unfortunately) and suppose I need to draw a monk with a slightly sneaky face. I have tried several concepts out of my ...
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Copyright for logo [closed]

I made a logo for a company, in the logo I used a vector inspired by a vector stored on a site that sells vectors / images. In other words, I built a new vector based on the seen there. The vector is ...
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Prove the License Agreement

This is a problem I have been searching for a solution on for some time now. The company I am working for, name not needed, has images prior to my hiring that are being used in lesson formats. Their ...
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Is it legal to display third-party logos as part of “As featured in” on sites/printed ads without their consent?

Have seen more companies include logos of media outlets on their site/printed marketing material as part of the "As featured in" section. Is it legal to do this without the companies' consent ...
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Save text/quote as an image fonts copyrights? [closed]

I have made a free Android app where you can write a poem, quote or any text and then save it as image and then you can share it where you want on the web. In my app you have the options to choose ...
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Is this design considered public domain?

Recently I was contacted by a local church who needs a logo, what they want is simple enough, I'm just not well-versed in the copyrights of DC comics/marvel, etc. He basically said he wants his logo ...
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IP rights company - 3 PL designer (no contract)

We have been working with a designer from the very beginning of our company. She created us the logo and did products design as well. After a year of first collaboration, we asked her to redesign our ...
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Does it break copyright to create derivatives of a font?

Linotte Heavy and Gotham Rounded Bold are almost alike. In fact, Linotte Heavy looks like it is derived from Gotham Rounded. If I were to customise the glyphs of Gotham Rounded/Linotte Heavy to suit ...
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Having issues with copyrighted permissions [closed]

I would like to be able to sell copyrighted t-shirt designs in my business but I would like to know what I need to do to be able to do this?
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Can anyone copyright or trademark a punctuation or alphabetical symbol (grapheme) or only a font, typography or typeface which contains it?

I have this doubt after read about the registered (trademarked or copyrighted, I don't know exactly) SarcMark infamous symbol for mark sarcasm in texts. Anyone can register a symbol or the idea of ...
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Copyright issue producng vector artwork

If I design Mac OS icons on illustrator and sell them as stock vector. Will this be a copyright issue. What about if I make icons of streamline application such as chrome, safari, IE, Android, ...
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Can color palettes be copyrighted? [duplicate]

Can I get in legal trouble for using the exact same colors from a color palette I found on a website? Can anyone own a certain combination of colors? If yes, could I argue that it was accidental? ...
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Copyright question [duplicate]

I am an artist and have been working on a graphical novel / comic that features several animal-like characters. I want eventually to sell my art with prints, etc. For discussion purposes, let's say ...
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Designer right to obtain digital copies of work done as an employee of company

I've just lost my job and I did not manage to copy my design work from the company's computer. I am aware that the employer is the rightful owner of work I have done during my time with the company, ...
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What is the US agency to copyright designs made outside US?

Is there any website of a United States copyright agency, to protect a design, lets say a cartoon, but for design made outside US?
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Are street sign designs open source for public use / sale?

For example if I were to photoshop a deer crossing sign and make a few alterations then sell stickers / prints of the sign, can I be prosecute with copyright violation for using the likeness of the ...
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Is there a reverse Font lookup for copyrighted fonts?

I often get font files from other designers. Is there a way for me to check if those fonts are copyrighted and require me to have a license to use them.
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Copyright on derivative work of the symbol of access

I made some icons for the german definitions of access derived from the well known symbol of access for a website. Now I have multiple requests, if the symbols are free to use. I like to host them on ...
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Copyright on free work

About a year ago when starting out on graphic design in school I started doing a bit of free work (something I'm not doing any longer) for a 'client' here and there. For this one client I provided a ...
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Where can I find celebrity photos for commercial use?

Every commercial-use photograph website I've looked at (flickr, shutterstock, getty images, etc) have plenty of pictures of celebrities, but literally none of them have model releases, so they can't ...
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What's the worst that can happen with CC0?

I'd like to release some artwork under the CC0 license, but I'm a bit worried about the implications of that... What is someone allowed to do with a CC0 work? What's the worst that can happen? Or ...
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Can I reproduce a silhouette of a well known character?

Is it illegal to reproduce a recognisable character illustrated as a silhouette? Say f.ex a custom drawn silhouette of R2-D2 with the roman letters "IV" printed on it, would that be a copyright ...