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You are asking a few questions here: Is simply typesetting a company name in a font a logo? Yes, it certainly can be. Is it the best solution? Sometimes, but often it's not the best solution. Can I send a copy of a commercial font I used to a client? No. If it's a commercial font, meaning you purchased a license, then if the client wants to use ...


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First of all, it is possible to simple have a typographic logo solution. Logos do not have to be graphic marks or use an original font. If your client is happy with what you've made as a standalone logo, then you should be able to create outlines out of the logo and send him a vector form of the logo without going against the copyright. However, perhaps you'...


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Each company or organization has their own terms about this. So you might want to read them for each logo before adding them on your website or marketing material. For example, you cannot add a badge or a logo that could mislead your visitors in thinking you're part of some association when you're not. The permission to use that logo comes with the ...


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Yes, this is common--especially in student portfolios where a lot of your work would be hypothetical. Do note that while it's fun to design what you like, also keep in mind that everyone thinks that...so consider trying to come up with work that may not be the trendiest subject matter at the time, as odds are a lot of student portfolios will have the same ...


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From the U.S. Department of State (www.state.gov) Use of the Great Seal of the United States is governed by Public Law 91-651, Title 18 of the United States Code. This is a criminal statute with penal provisions, prohibiting certain uses of the Great Seal that would convey or reasonably be calculated to convey a false impression of sponsorship or ...


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Morally is really impossible to answer. Everyone is going to have a different opinion on this and context matters. Legally the issue is about appropriating one's likeness. This isn't strictly against the law, but like most intellectual property issues, there's some caveats: http://www.owe.com/resources/legalities/7-issues-regarding-use-someones-likeness/ ...


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it is an open source font that can be used in anyway you want Yep. It is licensed under the OFL license. The key bullet point for your needs is: Use: the freedom to use font software for any purpose So, yes, you can use it in your logo. Also, is it a bad idea to use a web-based font for a logo? It's "web based" in that Google offers it as an ...


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No, color palettes cannot be copyrighted in general terms. But there are some specific situations where this isn't the case: One can copyright the arrangement of specific colors in a particular configuration (meaning the exact or near-exact positioning and arrangement of the colors), such as ColourLovers' copyright system for their palettes. This is ...


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If the client wants to use public domain artwork, suggest that they use a combination of 2 or 3 public domain artworks. When you put them together, they become something unique that you can defend a copyright on. You can see examples of this in military crests that reuse anchors and other generic elements, but they always have 2 or 3 put together in some ...


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Freepik.com requires you link back to the author when you're on the free plan: Free Plan 33,500+ vectors 2,000+ new vectors every month Requires a link back to credit the author 2 steps download Limit of 60 downloads / day Paid plans do not require this. More info here You can however use it anyway you like, so I don't see a problem with using it in ...


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You should be alright using open source map images but as it was mentioned in the comment section, always verify the terms to see how and where you can use the design. Additionally, you can always use the Wikipedia SVG maps that are in vectors, modify them as you want and add your own style to them. They are "public domain" and you can get pretty much any ...


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It doesn't so much matter what we think about it, but rather what the lawyer of the company who have trademarked the color think. So, for starters, note that you can't patent a color in the US. You can trademark a particular use of a color, however. This is typically called trade dress. And said trade dress can be protected, but not necessarily the color ...


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As per the copyright notes on the Wikimedia commons image of the Seal, it is Public Domain, but heavily restricted in use. Which is common for a seal, coat of arms, flag or insignia. There are laws that allow use in parody, though I can't say how those interact with the stated limitations. Finally, your answer heavily depends on what jurisdiction you are ...


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Typeface vs. Font. The first term focusses on the design, the second refers to the files you use, but the terms are often simply used interchangeably. Your legal questions. There are no general answers for this. Each font (even the free ones from Google Fonts for example) come with a license and you need to check that license to see what you are allowed to ...


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As a matter of perspective and my general understanding, the logos are the same. I think the identity of the logo lies more in the features design than color or depth. And I do not think the shadow changes the concept at all. To be on a safer side though, submitting the logo for trademarking in black, white and grey usually covers all the colors (and I think ...


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I think you'd have to obtain some type of consent to use a character based off something else you'd seen. Even the engraving of Pocahonats by Simon de Passe has some type of rights to it. The Copyright Act protects against “derivate works” that use the copyrighted work as a jumping-off point in creating a new work. Changing Mickey’s pants from blue to red ...


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I would give the client the name of the artist whose work she is interested in and recommend to her she hires that artist to do the work she wants. She didn’t find public domain artwork to copy — she found an artist. Bill her for the time you spent finding the artist for her. Then move on to the next job.


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You pretty much just need a 'contract' that you both agree too. In this case, it'd be something specific to the image. It would likely include: what the buyer can do with the image license they are purchasing what they can not do with the image what rights they have with their license what rights you reserve as the author term (is there a time limit) ...


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Don't worry about it, only one of two things will happen. A ""nobody"" will steal it and post it somewhere.............. n that's it.... it'll just be somewhere... and people will see it.... maybe even think "wow that's cool"... then move on with their life... and that's it... Some company will steal it and turn it into a huge billion dollar thing that ...


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Using a portion of an image owned by someone else to derive another image would be a question of derivative work, not of fair use. Wikipedia indicates that to be a derivative work, "The transformation, modification or adaptation of the work must be substantial and bear its author's personality to be original and thus protected by copyright." Starting with ...


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The dozen or more stock image companies that I buy from or have bought from STRICTLY forbid using their content for corporate ID/logos, probably because logos are protected by trademark, not copyright, which requires design entirely owned by the party filing the trademark registration. No content owned by another is allowed. That excludes all stock images, ...



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