Questions tagged [legal]

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Can my employer own my personal work made outside of work hours

I have just been offered an interview for my first Graphic Design job outside of commissions and college, but I had a quick question about ownership rights for artwork. In my spare time, I create ...
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Is it legally OK to increase the weight of say a Times font by 10% and publish a book in the modified font?

Say I am using Microsoft Word 2003 on Windows 10 Pro. Windows or perhaps Word (I am not sure which, but in any case they both originate from Microsoft) came bundled with several fonts in the Times ...
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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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Would these be considered “commercial use”?

From the Creative Commons website: A commercial use is one primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation. Would it be considered commercial use if an image was used in a ...
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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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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 can I legally design something which looks like US currency notes?

I've been asked to create artwork for a mock US currency bill. Similar to those fake novelty bills you can purchase. (This is not my artwork. It is merely something Google found as an example) The ...
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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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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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Where can I get images for commercial use?

I am running a web site design service for local small business owner. I want avoid legal issues on the images I use. Usually, the images found on Flickr are forbidden for commercial use. Where would ...
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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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How to manipulate a photograph so that it becomes original artwork?

After finding an image on Google images – I altered and added many different effects to the point where it is not recognizable from the original composition. However, when does the shapes and colors ...
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Can I use portions of stock images for derivative works?

I have some stock vector files from istock that I'd like to use as the starting point for a logo. I'd like to stress I wouldn't be using the original image in the logo - but using as a starting point ...
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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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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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Supplied image was not owned by client - Legal case [closed]

I was supplied an image by a client, used it on their new website and now I've received a letter from the image owners solicitor asking for £900. Does anyone know my legal position on this? I can ...
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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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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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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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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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Where can I find celebrity photos for commercial use?

Every commercial-use photograph website I've looked at (flickr, shutterstock, getty images, etc) have plenty of pictures of celebrities, but literally none of them have model releases, so they can't ...
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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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Is it allowed to use the Great Seal of the United States in a commerical design?

Is it legal to use the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States (as shown on the dollar bill) as part of a commercial design in a book? I am also changing the "e pluribus unum" to a slogan.
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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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Designing Fashion Stationary Brand - Commercial Font use

I'm in the preliminary stages of producing a fashion stationary brand with a view to create notepads, organiser sheets, journals, list pads etc. What considerations do I need to take into account for ...
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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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How to go about figure out whether I need licensing for images of a historical character?

If I'm using an image of Pocahontas for commercial purposes, how do I go about figuring out what license I need to purchase? She is a historic figure, but with much fictional rendering. I could use ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...