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Questions tagged [legal]

Questions about copyright, licensing and ownership.

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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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Can I copyright and/or trademark a logo I made a custom font for?

My website's logo is a custom font I made. It's a relatively stylized font. I'm rendering the logo (and other display items on my website) by using the font in CSS, so someone can easily grab the font....
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Is it legally safe to create a vector illustration of a celebrity photo for commercial use? [duplicate]

I want to take a photo someone else captured of a celebrity, then use illustrator to manually illustrate a vector of that celebrity, adding my own artistic touch. The main goal is to be artistic, not ...
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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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Is the Bluetooth logo a registered symbol?

I'd like to use a Bluetooth symbol which will be a visible part of my product for sale. Can I legally use this graphic?
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How should I revise a “Work for Hire” Agreement?

Last week, I received a "Work for Hire" agreement between myself and my client even though we have been working on her book since January 2018. We have been working on this project, which is a book ...
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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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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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Is this idea about font licensing true?

I've heard informally that a font license only applies to the file of a font, that if you use a particular font to produce designs, and distribute those designs without the font file included, you don'...
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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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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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Designing While Not Employed as a Designer. They now want Source Files I don't have?

At my previous job, I was an executive assistant. I was pursuing my degree in graphic design, and worked on a few projects with the company. I left the company, and now they are asking for source ...
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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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What restrictions can I put in my contract when designing a logo for a non-profit? [duplicate]

I'm designing a logo for an event put on by a non-profit, and I am giving them a really good deal on it as they cannot afford what it is worth. It is a cause I believe in so I would like to help them ...
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Working file request due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

I have had a request to supply a client with all of their files (including InDesign docs) due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). My client also wants me to delete the files from my ...
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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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Client not satisfied with the design. Doesn't want to pay

I have a new client which approved my proposal saying that we will split the project into milestones - first payment after the first milestone (30%). The problems appeared right from the start because ...
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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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Do commercial artists have any legal obligation to avoid predatory design practices?

Smithsonian Magazine recently ran an article, Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobacco, about E-Cigarette Ads utilizing techniques that were already banned (in the ...
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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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Can I redesign a random website for my portfolio?

I would like to redesign a random website and use it in my portfolio, either as an image or sample live project. Am I allowed to do that, use their logo and link to the old website, that's still ...
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What to do when finishing a logo that was started by another artist?

I have a client who had a design they had done by another artist and wants me to finish up the logo using what they designed, im just worried legally if i can use what they did or what i need to get ...
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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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Can I use the font “Product Sans” for a commercial poster?

I want to make a poster for my middle school yearbook, but I don't know if I can put them up due to font copyright. On befonts.com, the Product Sans font is marked for "personal and commercial use". ...
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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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Is it legal to use a not-freely-distributable font in your logo?

Let's say I imported a font that is for personal use only. I then type in the company name in that particular font and screencapture it. I then proceed to Illustrator and image trace my screencapture ...
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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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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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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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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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Tribute band logo copyright infringement

My band created this logo as an idea for our tribute band to the Beatles: Since it is based on the original Beatles logo: Would the logo be considered copyright infringement? We know the name ...
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If I'm given resources by a client, should I look up the licenses of each one of those resources?

If I'm given resources by a client, should I look up the licenses of each one of those resources? Can this affect me in any way legally?
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Trademarking Multiple Logos

Our startup clothing company is getting ready to trademark and promote our line, but the issue is that with each release of the line, there is a new iteration of the logo featured. Each shirt features ...
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What should happen if a logo I made is similar to another?

Note: This is a canonical post created so that we can close the many similar questions as duplicates as discussed in this meta post. We have created a logo for a client and they love it. We've ...
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Can I place a logo on a stock image?

We take stock photography and overlay a quote or factoid for social media posts. We usually use a filter or coloured overlay as well. Can we place our logo and/or website URL on this image?
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Using a clients font to print their files

Scenario: I work for a printing company. Clients design something they need printed. We receive their files along with the fonts needed for printing. As a printer, what is our responsibility for ...
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Print question - legal and copyright

A client has approached me with a PDF and would like me to find him a price on the print, to beat his previous printers cost. Can I legally do this? Just forward another PDF on? I'm a bit anxious ...
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At what point can an image be considered “redrawn”?

In most cases in academic publishing a permission is required to reuse (e.g. publish again) previously published graphic content. A problem is that the copyright holder of that content is usually not ...
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Long term client wants working files

As a independent graphic designer, I've developed and produced a yearly catalog of machine parts for a long term client beginning about 20 years ago! The catalog began at about 100 pages, and now is ...
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Resources for Logo Design Trademarking

What is the best way to provide trademarking information on a logo to a client after you have delivered their new logo design?
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Can I sell my own pics with added overlays that are not mine?

I am a stock photographer and just bought a huge pack of photo overlays and backgrounds and more from inkydeals.com to use in Photoshop. Can I use those overlays, brushes and effects on the pictures I ...
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Do I need permission to use cars in samples?

I made design software and I'm making samples of its use. Am I allowed to use things like mini-coopers in my samples? What are the legal guidelines for using another company's products in my sample ...
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Legality of using images of celebrities on a website

I'm planning on making a website about celebrities and on the website there will be images of celebrities. I know that you can't use images of celebrities owned by other people (I hope you understand ...
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What is considered a “Logo” for stock photo use?

I am creating a "logo" for a group of women who fly fish in Central Oregon. They are a small group that gets together within the larger club called Central Oregon Fly Fishers. In the past, they've ...
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Can I use the Apple Logo in a low run ad (think bulletinboards, not magazines + billboard)?

I'm wondering if it would be possible to use the Apple Logo in a really cheap, low-run, homemade A4 ad for Apple-assistance services, without running into issues with Apple themselves? I'm talking it ...
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Are some color schemes copyrighted?

I was wondering if there is a copyright on the color schemes of some brands. For example can I use the exact colors of FedEx (purple and brown) in combination for my own logo? Or for example Pepsi's ...
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The scope of “free for personal use” in fonts

When dafont.com says a font is "Free for personal use", could it be used for local student run show posters as long as I'm not selling the posters?
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Using a similar feel as CNN's Breaking News for banner to promote product - is it fair use?

I'm creating a "Breaking News" image / banner to promote a product. I'd like to give it an air of authenticity by using a similar look and style as CNN's or BBC's "Breaking News" flash (Title, ...
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Would this be considered as plagiarism? [duplicate]

I have recently had a logo designed for my company only to realise after rebranding my vehicle and website is shares certain similarities with another well-known logo. Could somebody with a better ...