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I instantly recommend you to look at the website Typography for Lawyers ( http://www.typographyforlawyers.com/ ) - in particular the font recommendations http://www.typographyforlawyers.com/?p=587 )


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Most of the time images with proper documentation can avoid legal issues there are so many sites having such images, they will provide you the whole uses document on request : Corbis Images Istock Photos Shutter stock Big stock photos getty Images Find free stock Images 16 websites with Free Stock Images for commercial use Hope this will help.


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That symbol is an Adobe trademark. The guidelines for use of their trademarks are pretty specific, as with any company. You would definitely be in violation if you used their logo in your product without permission.


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What you need to do is contact a lawyer experienced in copyright law. More than likely the first step they will take is send a cease and desist letter to the company. Only after that happens will they suggest further action, if and only if the company does not make the necessary changes. The host provider probably won't want any involvement either until it ...


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If it is truly in the public domain (or has a public domain notice) you can use it for whatever you want. So yes, it's legal. It may not be all that smart, though, given that anyone else can also use it as their logo. You may lose a good chunk of 'uniqueness' in that regard depending on the particular market you are in. Using a public domain icon of a ...


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According to the U.S. copyright act: A “derivative work” is a work based upon one or more pre-existing works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted. A work ...


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No. If your plug-in replaced the current canvas with a scan of one of the artist's paintings, or something, that would be copyright infringement. But an artist cannot trademark their "style". You can also use their name as long as it is not defamatory and you make it clear that they are not associated with it in any way. Note: As with all laws this is ...


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Every font publisher has its own license that specifies the conditions of use, number of workstations ("seats") on which the font software may be installed, and the specific restrictions regarding use of the font. I don't know of any commercially sold fonts that restrict the number of projects or pieces in which a font may be used, nor can I think of a ...


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It's almost redundant to point out that violating someone's copyright is not only unethical, it is illegal. And, yes, it is certainly possible that someone might "contact" you on the subject, depending on the circumstances. If you have no license to use a particular font, but you gained financially by using it, you don't have a defense. "Possible" is not the ...


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I would be very careful with using the name of a living, well-known, commercially active artist. The painting style can probably not protected, but the name can. Artists and celebrities often trademark their name to prevent the sale of products in their name. This is something I would definitely get written permission for, or have checked by a lawyer, ...


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You can file a DMCA notice and address it to the webhosting company hosting their website, and to search engines who will delist the copyright infringing content. If you don't want to do the legwork, you can use a DMCA service. I found this one on Google: DMCA service ($99) and I am sure you can find many others. Or you can write the DMCA yourself. In all ...


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It would appear this is prohibited. Stack Overflow: Can I legally show Microsoft Office and Project icons in my desktop application? Microsoft: Intellectual Property permissions Microsoft product icons are the thumbnail-sized images indicating that a Microsoft product has been installed on your operating system. Icons may not be used in advertising, in ...


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Every font should come with a EULA (End User License Agreement) that will outline what you can and can not do with the font. In most every case, you having purchased a license for a font grants you the right to use the font for typesetting any work you are creating. In some cases, there may be some exceptions. Some common exceptions: some fonts don't ...


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I have worked with PowerPoint files as well, but I have also prepared just backgrounds when requested, so it really depends on what they asked and what you agreed on. Perhaps something in between would be ideal, YOU create the backgrounds, but YOU also add them to a PP file along the styles for titles, lists and so on. Regarding the contract, a question ...


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I know this isn't the answer you are looking for, but I think you are asking the wrong question. There is more to sustainability than just "can I get away with this?". If you are planning to make a career in design you will need to get paid for your efforts. By not legally purchasing a product that is commercially available, you are tacitly endorsing a ...


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A couple years ago a publishing company in the UK was beset upon by the Business Software Association for unlicensed use of fonts in their titles. A former and disgruntled employee gave the tip. The publishing company had to pay well into the six figures in fines as a result of the audit, far more expensive than if they just paid for the licenses up front. ...


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Stylized or not, reproduction of copyrighted work is derivative and subject to the legal issues that brings. So short answer... No, it is NOT okay. You would be better off using a painting already in the Public Domain.


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A Google search for "stock photos" will turn up dozens of sites you can purchase images from.


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IANAL, but clear documentation of permissions and focused management of assets on your end are really the only ways to obviate possible use claims. If a stock imagery site isn't able to provide clear documentation about the permissions status of an image, then don't download it and find something else that does. Also, having an asset or content management ...


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If you don't mind giving a credit to the picture author, you can search flickr images that use Creative Commons license, and use pictures that do not restrict commercial use.


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Historically/traditionally it's called the colophon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colophon_%28publishing%29 From the article: […] With the development of the private press movement from around 1890, colophons became conventional in private press books, and often included a good deal of additional information on the book, including statements of ...


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I don't really understand. If the contract states you retain copyright to all preliminary designs, sketches, and mock-ups It doesn't matter how you invoice. The contract states what the client does and does not (or will and will not) own. It's traditional for freelance designers to retain all rights to preliminary work unless it's otherwise stated in the ...


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In the United Kingdom, the Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988 specifically allows the use of fonts without infringing copyright. 54 Use of typeface in ordinary course of printing. (1) It is not an infringement of copyright in an artistic work consisting of the design of a typeface— (a) to use the typeface in the ordinary course of typing, ...


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My understanding is No. The page view cap is there to gain further money for Adobe if you need more page views. It has absolutely nothing to do with bandwidth or foundry licensing. Adobe has plenty of servers and bandwidth to serve everything and they are the foundry. Adobe would see embedding a Typekit font, with anything other than their own embed code, ...


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If you don't want something stolen, don't put it online. It's that simple. If you feel you must put it online.... come to terms with the fact it will be stolen. You can't prevent it. If I do put something online, I purposely hide secret codes and items in the artwork - things only I know are there - items which I can point out to clearly indicate how I ...


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My U.S. opinion... based on U.S. work experience. Things could possibly be different in N.Z..... They are paying me at an hourly rate, as an employee, Then they own the work. Under a standard work-for-hire agreements, which all "employees" are, they own everything you create for them. And that means everything. If you do something at home and then use ...


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Each font should have a licence that tells you exactly what you can or cannot do without it. Some require that you give them attribution, some require that you buy a licence if it's going to be used for commercial work. If you are unsure about the licence, contact the author of the font.


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Look, you're a designer just starting out, and it sounds like you've shown enough talent to be noticed by a reputable client. You're off to a good start. Let's look at your career path from a long term perspective. As a free-lance designer, you're going to start out not making very much cash, and working hard to advance to bigger and better (and higher ...


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A few years ago I worked on a game for a large corporation (5,000+ employees) which included several caricatures of famous politicians. Our legal department validated it with the only proviso being to neither include any real names nor explicit references to individuals. The company is UK based but the game was published online. Whilst it's worth getting ...


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First off I agree with Alan and other posters answers regarding the ethical and right thing to do. As a designer who is paid for creative work it's just wrong to not respect others creative work. With that being said the actual legalities of it depend on what country you live in but in the U.S. most of the actual federal laws that are punishable criminally ...



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