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Questions tagged [copyright]

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 not lawyers.

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Can a name be copyrighted, and copyright infringement on a logo? [closed]

So, I have worked on a new piece of branding etc. for hours and hours on a new business. It took around 2 months to come up with the new branding. This morning, I received an email: Copyright Cease &...
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Who is the 'designer'

Last year, I approached a graphic design company with some of my own sketches and photos that I would like to be used in the design of some logos for my company branding. The designer uses my original ...
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Copyright Concerns… Similar Logo - Different Industries [duplicate]

I've been working on a logo for a local church and I finally created something their board agreed upon. But, when they asked me to do a copyright check I found ONE similar logo in particular that has ...
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Can I use a Freepik icon as my commercial mobile app icon?

I know Freepik icons may not be used as logo types, but logos and icons are two different things. I have a mobile app that I intend to sell, can I use an icon from Freepik and use it as the app icon? ...
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Free image for the “grab” cursor for IE11

I am looking at this question and its answers, and it seems the only legitimate way to implement a grab cursor in IE11 is to use an image like this: cursor: url(images/grab.cur); Browsing the ...
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About Design Copyright 6 [duplicate]

If I did some design projects as a employed a few years ago and I want to use them in my Portfolio as an example but I mention : (Under "Company Name" Copyrights), Am I allowed to use them?
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Is it a copyright infringement [closed]

As I asked above .Is it a copyright infringement or not. If it is ,what to change in order to make an original content.
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Copyright with my brand logo

I have recently hired a company to build my brands logo. I have chosen a historical soldier as my logo. It is a solid colour with minor detail. For inspiration I viewed accurate historic painting of ...
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How to use reference image without copying [closed]

How to use a copyrighted image as a reference without copying
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If I use a collection of images from the internet and create my own graphic, can I use that new graphic commercially? [duplicate]

I want to make graphics to sell on shirts. I often make graphics using a multitude of images and manipulating them to make on image. For example; I crop the head off a tiger, put it over a man's head ...
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Please suggest me an easy software to regulate watermark transparency [closed]

Please suggest to me a good watermark easy soft. I would like to regulate watermark transparency on my images.
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Using photos without permission for purpose of charity

I'm making a video collage of photos from the internet of the California wildfires to ask for people's donations for the first responders. Will I run afoul with copyright laws in doing this, or will ...
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Using an existing logo?

Can I used an existing logo and put a my own spin on it? So I wanted to recreate the logo doublemint gum but instead mines will say DoubleLint. I still want the same design and colors. I want to use ...
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Can i redesign a ISO standards icon and put it on my package design ? or i have to buy it from ISO [closed]

I have a Nitrial gloves package design. There are ISO Standards icons, which are available on the ISO website for $44 NZD i can easily design this icon and use it on my package but is this legal ? ...
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The use of iconic figures in a logo

I'm working on a pixel art logo for a site I'm developing for a small company. It's about retro and iconic games such as flappy bird, pacman, etc. Am I allowed to use such characters or are they ...
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Is this logo copyright infringment of Beats' logo? [duplicate]

I was recently informed by friends that my logo looks far too much like Beats' logo, and I did find it to be so. I made some adjustments, but it in my mind, it still looks fairly similar. Yet, there ...
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How to prevent someone from copying my work? [closed]

If I were to design a shirt or any type of clothing with a graphic design. And I don't want anyone to steal my design and claim it as their. What should I do to prevent it?
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Can I manipulate a Shutterstock vector for a logo? [duplicate]

I am designing a logo for a friend. I have the font and colors done. All I need is an icon for it. I found a vector on shutterstock that would be perfect. I took the vector and used it as a base and ...
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I am an employee but design is not in my contract, I have left the company and they still use my designs. Do I have any rights to the work? [closed]

I was an IT engineer but did design for them as they found out it was a hobby of mine, I have done many corporate designs for them and they still use them to this day, do I have any rights to the ...
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Can I use a modified version of a Microsoft program icon for my own software under “Fair Use”?

I am making a direct (probably free/libre) competitor to a minor element of Microsoft Office which is soon due to cease development. Can I use a modified version of an existing Microsoft program icon ...
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How exactly should I ask my employer for design use permission on paper?

I'm an employed graphic designer. I did illustrations, branding and prototyping for my employer. I'm aware that without a specific contract, whatever work is done by a salaried designer, is the ...
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Giving permission to use a derivative

I combined two stock photos I purchased from Fotolia into one graphic (I presume this would be considered a derivative), and on my (non-commercial) website I carefully attributed both of the pics I ...
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Is the distinctive color combination of Google logo copyrighted ?

For example can I use the exact colors of Google Logo in my own logo? I have found the following information about the google logo here Googele logo trademark However this article on google site ...
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Copyright issues with magazine covers?

I have NEW YORKER magazine covers from the 70's up to the early 2000's. I plan on selling them but some could use cleaning up and removing mailing labels. If I sold the original cover and included a ...
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How to handle a request for handing over 6 years of working files?

My best client has just employed a new person who is vaguely capable of design work and wants me to upload all my 6 years and 70GB worth of files to their drive so they can update them when they need ...
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Client asking me to copy another website layout and effects but not content. What point is it copyright infringement?

I know very similar questions have been asked but couldn't find insight on a situation as similar to mine. A (very good) client that I don't want to drop wants me to mimic another website's layout and ...
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Remake Icon for commercial use

I dont know wether this is the right place to ask this kind of question, but I'll give it a try. I discovered an Icon on the web which I want to use for a companies new logo (together with some text ...
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Calculating the price of a transfer of copyrights for artwork

I have been asked to design a set of 20 different posters for a big packaging company. This client requires an estimate price for the design service. After giving them an estimate, they are now asking ...
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What are the names of these different licenses?

Selling a design is different from selling your design services. If someone hires you to design a wedding card, you use licensed content to complete it, then its much easier. If you're intention ...
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Can a detection mechanism like EURion be used on other documents than banknotes to protect them?

The EURion Constellation is a pattern of symbols that make it difficult to scan or photograph banknotes and import it into Photoshop. From Wikipedia I am interested in understanding how this system ...
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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

I’ve recently had a ‘falling out’ with a family friend and also client. I’ve been designing for her for about 2 years and I already have an online portfolio made (including some designs she hasn’t ...
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Making a logo for a public school [closed]

I'm considering making a logo for the school I work for, in Sweden. I'm good at drawing but I want to know what I should do to render my drawing as a digital graphic design so that one can have it ...
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Can I be sued if I have a similar logo to a company [duplicate]

My logo is a similar looking diamond like this one of Diamond Supply Co. It's a really similar shape, but the inside markings are different, so my question is would I be sued if I have a similar logo? ...
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New identity under a larger identity?

I work for a large organization as the in-house designer. We are required to follow guidelines for our identity put forth by an external design agency that they made for us 4 years ago. However now we ...
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My logo design is very similar to a stock logo [duplicate]

I've designed a logo for a client. The trouble is, it's the same idea as a logo I saw on a stock image site. The colours are different, it's angled and styled differently, but if a non-designer saw ...
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Changing the color of Certification Logos to match the theme colors of my website

I have a graphic designer building me a website and I want 3 certification logos included in my credentials. She wants to change the color of logos to a light green (to match color scheme of my logo),...
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Using a photograph for a poster, how do I credit the original creator?

I'm using a photograph of a famous personality for a poster I'm making. I'll be manipulating the photo, maybe using image trace to create a vectorized version of the image for the poster. This I ...
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What precautions can be taken to prevent a printer from holding on to and possibly printing copies of a piece?

Other than purchasing equipment to do prints at home are there any precautions that can be taken to prevent a print lab from maintaining and possibly even giving out or printing additional copies of a ...
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Copyright cover art question [closed]

Is hand drawing a picture of a copyrighted cover art legal? I do not intend to use it for selling, the public, or anything of the like.
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Copyright, Trademark, branding [closed]

What would I need to do to protect a marbleized pattern? Example: I have three swatches of fabric, one fabric is marbleized with orange and yellow patterns, fabric 2 is marbleized with green and blue ...
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Is it customary to retain the copyright to your artwork when designing album cover artwork?

It is my first time designing an album cover for a client and they want me to sign a contract giving up my rights to the design so they can use it in other places besides the album cover (posters, bus ...
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Do I have the rights to claim all my work and files back?

I worked for a tea shop as a tea barista and on the side have done projects that was not stated in my work contract (ie. packaging labels, menu, product photography). All was well until my access was ...
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Can I claim ownership of derivative Illustrations in a book?

I am illustrating a book and I have used some stock art mixed with design in Illustrator and Photoshop along with a few hand drawn pieces. Can I say Illustrated by "my name" if I do use some stock art?...
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Can I modify a freepik and then sell it? [closed]

I don't get it... if I buy the rights from drawing X in freepik why I cant simply do whatever I want, like putting another colour and arrow on top and sell it to somene else?
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What can i do if my boss gives me an image to use and says he has rights for but wont show me that he does?

So my boss buys tons of old images and asks me to use them on some of our work. I notice that these are images of classic/old famous stars and he wants me to make calender's and posters. He says he ...
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Can I copy the Supreme logo design but use a different word? [duplicate]

I made a supreme style sticker with the same colors and font except with a different word and I just used an example for this one. Is this legal?
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What to do if a client likes your borrowed placeholder icons?

I am working on a school research about copyrights and I need to hear some opinions about how to handle this case: You have been commissioned to design a new website. It has taken you a long time ...
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Is it ok and not breaching copyright to add a slogan onto original business logo?

On behalf of a company he works for, a family friend has asked me to add a commemorative slogan onto the bottom of their original logo. They don't want me to alter the logo in any way, just add the ...
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Are you allowed to use a warning sign as a logo or is this copyrighted?

I came across a website that uses the laser warning sign: Is it even allowed to use such signs as a logo, or are these copyrighted somewhere?
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How to attribute other artist artwork when used as one part of a whole?

If I use another artist's art, or a stock image, and modify the artwork and re-design its use, how do I attribute the original artist of that part of the work? For example, is it appropriate to ...