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using fonts that are under (personal use only) license to make commercial coaching notes

I have downloaded a font for personal use only. Can I use it for preparing my commercial coaching notes as if I were a teacher? Those fonts make my notes attractive. Should I buy a commercial license?
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Am I allowed to use company work in my portfolio? [duplicate]

This was one of my first clients. I want to use the work I've done to market myself as a designer & marketer but I'm afraid of legal backlash for using company information. Here's the catch, ...
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Can I post redesigns of album covers in my portfolio online? [duplicate]

Former student in graphic design, I am currently working on personal projects to widen my portfolio. I love to design album covers. I never had clients for that, so I have been re-designing real ...
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How would you combine several logos in an educational cover?

I have created a combination of several logos as a cover for an educational program in which the teaching material involves all the topics shown by the trademarks. It occurred to me that there might ...
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Logo too similar or not? [closed]

Hi we have a logo I designed, it is UK trademarked registered, we recently asked a company in the USA to help market us, and the said that we would have to change our name etc, as it was too similar ...
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Can I use freepik web element in website? [closed]

Can I convert PSD web elements like a pricing plan to HTML and use it free in the commercial website without attribution? for example this component :
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Pixabay License terms [closed]

Pixabay states in their licence terms that What is not allowed? This section only applies to image users and not to the appropriate image authors. ✕ Don't redistribute or sell someone ...
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Use Google fonts for printing [duplicate]

Can I print the User Guide using Google fonts legally? In particular, Roboto.
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Can a company patent/own/register a webdesign? [closed]

I was watching YOU (Netflix Original) and during the show, it shows a lot of chat bubbles, I was wondering if they had to create a brand new chat bubble for the show or if they can reuse a known ...
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Can I use an images (with people) for a club poster?

I work as a designer for a department at a college. My main task is designing posters/flyers for student clubs to advertise their club meetings and events. I always try to use public domain photos ...
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What constitutes as a derivative work in the context of fonts/typefaces?

I have a project in which I wish to use a copyrighted font but will use said font in a manner which I believe to be a derivative work. The glyphs themselves will be converted to paths, then I will ...
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Can you legally use real life things and events as concepts for portfolio building?

I'm super new to all this and I have a question on portfolio building when you don't have any client work to show yet. Am I allowed to use real life things as concepts? I mean: let's imagine I see a ...
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Is it right to use the ideas of non-winning designers in a design contest?

I am a mobile developer. I want to create my own mobile app, so I ran a contest for the mobile design. Many good designers participated in the contest. I get lots of good ideas from almost all of ...
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Displaying a proprietary logo modified to match website style [duplicate]

I'm designing a blog that has a "Tags" page. I was thinking of displaying a modified logo for each tag. For example: Tag: CocaCola Logo: CocaCola logo modified How legal is this approach?
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Did my client plagiarize me? [closed]

I’ve been doing some side hustle marketing on a very small scale. An acquaintance of mine asked me to create a logo for their new company. I created a few different versions and presented them with ...
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Copyright of graphic designs provided to ex-partner who is not paying [closed]

As a freelance graphic artist, I designed a logo, flyer, and truck signage for an ex partner´s business. Partner, as in significant other, not a "business" partner. I want to know, what right do I ...
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Who owns the right of 'design tests'?

I'm a junior graphic designer with main focus on vector illustration and UI design. I'm working in the industry professionally for 2 years now. And so new recruiters often give me design tests (even ...
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I've used some vector elements from an online stock bank in 2 logos but completely redrawn them

And now I'm wondering what is legal and what isn't. I purchased the elements, used them for inspiration, but completely redrew them. I'm being told by the company that I would need to purchase the ...
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Can I legally use fonts for my personal business if I'm using an adobe subscription my job has provided for me?

I do graphic work at my job, and they supply me with a Creative Cloud membership. If I start my own business, can I legally use fonts provided by adobe even though my job is the one providing me the ...
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Is it legal to copy a color scheme? [duplicate]

Let’s say I see a great piece of artwork on InPrnt or DeviantArt (for simplicity, let’s say it is pixel art with a fairly simple palette of colors) and I think it is so great that I want to copy the ...
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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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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 ...