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Fair use of photos in design mockups

I'm wondering what the copyright laws are for using photos in design mockups and concepts. For example, if you look at a platform like Dribbble there's a ton of IMDB, Netflix etc. mockups that are ...
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Is it okay to use Apple logo as a part of an icon in a website?

I'm working on a website for a data recovery company. I need to make an icon of a MacBook, because they offer specialized service for OS X devices. I'm not sure if it is okay for me to place the ...
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Is this copyright infringement?

There is a business that is in my area. She uses professional photography that is found online, uses an app to put her logos and advertising all over it, and then uses it to market on social media. ...
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Unpaid logo design

I'm currently a graphic designer student and i don't have much knowledge. I used to have a friend which i designed a logo for, about a year ago and we agreed on him paying me when he graduates, ...
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Logo similarities. Copyright Issue? [closed]

We let someone create a logo for our new sports brand. we really like it but there seem to be some similarities in the design to another popular sportsbrand. is this logo ok in your opinion or could ...
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Celebrity images for non commercial purposes [migrated]

Can I source photos off of the web of celebrities for non-commercial purposes - a theatre wants to project images of celebrities onto the backdrop of their stage as part of a "tribute to the greats" ...
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Do I own the rights to show my designs in my portfolio?

I was hired as a freelancer to do some work for a company. I made a design that I love which included some of the company's data within it. I asked to put it on my portfolio and they got very ...
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Are there fonts whose licence allows me to edit them and then resell the edited version?

I am looking for a way to start from a base font and create another font from it, that I could eventually resell. The edits would be rather heavy but the shape could remain. I would like to know if ...
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Can it be considered artistic freedom to caricurate (social) media logos for a print publication?

I'm working on a graphic for academic publication. In that graphic I would like to refer to the concept of social media, ideally with the logos of (for example) facebook or twitter. According to their ...
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Copy vector pattern completely from scratch for commercial use, but exactly as those found online?

I need a huge range of vector patterns that will be used commercially on merchandise. Since royalty free sites do not allow commercial use for most of their images, I figured I can create patterns ...
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Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works?

I have some stock vector files from istock that I'd like to use as the starting point for a logo. I'd like to stress I wouldn't be using the original image in the logo - but using as a starting point ...
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Is it allowed to use the Great Seal of the United States in a commerical design?

Is it legal to use the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States (as shown on the dollar bill) as part of a commercial design in a book? I am also changing the "e pluribus unum" to a slogan.
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Can a graphic/vector/illustration available for free, commercialized later?

Like, if some graphical illustrations are available for free under CC0 licence and are provided by a website. Is it possible for the website to restrict free downloads of those graphics in future? ...
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How to price for global packaging rights [duplicate]

I've searched all over Google and couldn't find a suitable answer so I thought I'd go to the source. How would you go about pricing for global packaging rights on illustrations you create? Pricing for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I get images for commercial use?

I am running a web site design service for local small business owner. I want avoid legal issues on the images I use. Usually, the images found on Flickr are forbidden for commercial use. Where would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use an icon in the public domain as a company logo?

Client in question found a public domain icon they really want to use as their logo (instead of having one designed, I know, I know). Is this legal?
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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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Copyright of a set of colors?

I often see color combinations on webpages, images, posters, products etc. that harmonize really well. Am I allowed to use those colors in my own design? This is solely about the colors. I will not ...
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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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How to make graphics that cannot be traced?

We are making a website for graphic designers to sell their work to fashion designers. However the problem is that if we showcase their work, it can simply be copied and traced. I want to ask your ...
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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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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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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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Copyright issues if using vector art from Shutterstock?

My company bought a vector from Shutterstock and wants to trademark it by adding some words with different colors. Do you know anything about if this is legal since we purchase the vector art?
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Plagiarism vs Inspiration

Artists, writers, musicians, designers, businesses, even the creative DIY blogger mom at home must decide for themselves where to draw the line between being “Inspired” and “Copying” other’s hard work....
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At what size can I print a pixel image of an existing without losing quality, and can I use it for personal or resale purpose?

I have an image of Wang Ximeng's A Thousand Li Of Rivers And Mountains which currently resides in the forbidden palace in Beijing. I fell in love with this painting and searched high and low for a ...