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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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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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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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 to ...
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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 ...
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If a photographer wants to sell product image of a shampoo bottle, does he need to take permission from shampoo brand?

I want to understand the copyright situation when it comes to selling stock images of products. Are they supposed to be editorial use only? Let's say if there is an image of a particular brand shampoo,...
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Can a palette for use in a continuous-color plot be considered under copyright?

This question is an extension of the question asked here, which I feel does not completely answer my question. Say a website or software has continuous-color graphs, such as this color contour map ...
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Supreme logo on a shirt

If I was to make a T-shirt/Hoodie with the supreme logo on it for personal use without reselling would that be considered illegal and if so what could I change to make it legal?
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Edit magazine to remove images

I made a David Bowie Magazine for school and want to present it on my homepage. I couldn't find any free-to-use images online, so I just took some from google images. I thought about removing the ...
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Will I get sued for my logo, even though the customer doesn’t know me?

A few months ago I made a logo for a customer on Brandsupply. Brandsupply is a site that lets a customer upload their ideas for a logo, and then choose the logo they want from the design that a bunch ...
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How to word email explaining working files buyout

After years of providing press ready PDF files to my customer for extensive revisions to a yearly catalog, they are asking for the InDesign "working files," which they think they are entitled to, as ...
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What are general rules for appropriated logos (Whether you are selling them as a design, or using them fro marketing)? [closed]

I have a clothing brand I've been working on and really like the look of the STP Oil logo. I've seen some bigger name brands make parodies of logos like this before, I was wondering what the actual ...
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Can i publish a game with famous character heroes?

I am working on a iOS game where a player has to hit multiple balloons with a superhero. Can I use cartoon images such as this one from the video without getting issued for copyright? https://www....
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Why do people upload their work to Adobe and other stock sites if they can't be used for intended purposes?

Why do people upload their work to Adobe and other stock sites if they can't be used for intended purposes? For example, I was talking to a friend of mine who wants a logo designed. I suggest he take ...
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Licensing for yoga drawings from a book?

What type of permission is needed to use yoga drawings from a book I own and one I do not? I am writing an ebook and would like to reuse some of the drawings. I will give the book author credit in my ...
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Is it ethical to include template-based works in your portfolio?

Is it ethical and right to include template-based works (i.e. sites built from a WordPress theme) in your portfolio, or is it considered the property of the original author?
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Branding work: advice on transferring copyright to client

I recently got a project to design logo design, stationery, website, brand identity for a startup company. I want to seek answers from a professional brand designer: is it compulsory to include a ...
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Confused By Copyright Rules

I freelance, but I'm still green in some areas and Copyright is one of them. I know about using/purchasing stock and all that, I have accounts on all the stock sites, but I created a design, which ...
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How do you know which Licence is needed to use image in your app?

I have created a mobile application and I am using few graphic wallpapers in that. App is free but I am getting some revenue from Google Ads. Can anyone tell me under which licence I can download and ...
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Legal copyright for making text based logos?

I've just started off being a freelance graphic designer (wooo adventure), but I've a question about using texts when making logos. From what I understand, Typefaces don't have copyright; so I want to ...
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Should I send the source file to a client where the design was built upon their source file?

I created a design for an agency's client based on their client's original mascot design. The final design consists 10% of their original illustration, 40% modified by me for different postures, and ...
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Can we use images of historic figures in our artwork?

According to this document All works published in the U.S. before 1923 is default public domain. Does this mean it is safe to use images of historic figures (Isaac Newton or Leonardo Da Vinci) ...

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