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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 ...
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Can I publish a picture from a third-party site in my article, mentioning the source?

I'm writing an article about Blockchain to publish in my LinkedIn and the blog of the company that I work for, and I mighty use some third-party pictures. Some of them I found on the internet, from ...
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Is it illegal to convert GIMP file to Photoshop?

It appears exporting to a PSD format from GIMP is possible with layers being preserved. However, considering PSD being Adobe Photoshop's native format, is this legal? Considering how exports for ...
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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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If I download a free font and upload it for download on my server is that illegal

I use to download fonts from places like DaFont and use them on my computer and designs. I also use to upload these free for download fonts onto my server and have them linked to be able to be ...
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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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Showing a competitor's product in ad: legal?

So my client wants to show a photo image of their competitor's product in an ad of theirs. The ad is implying that the competitor's product is bad/obsolete. Is this legal? I know that you can't use a ...
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Graphic design freelancer uses Helvetica for my company's web design, software GUI design, and logo

My company makes software. I hired a graphic design freelancer (and payed a fixed xxx €) to do my company's website design, software GUI design, logo He used Helvetica. The parts using Helvetica ...
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What do I need to know about fonts

I am interested in selling my designs/doing some freelance work, but I'm not sure how most designers handle fonts. Do graphic designers make their own fonts? If I already have fonts like Arial and ...
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Poster book to be printed

I have a big collection of film posters from the 40s-70s and I am working on a project where I want to print 100 posters into a book. I will credit the production company and mention all the info on ...
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What copyright do I need to worry about in regards to personal photos of sculptures or famous buildings?

I would like to use my own photos of sculptures or famous buildings that other people made in personal projects (not for real clients) that are poster advertisements and upload them to my Behance ...
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Is this copyright infringement?

There is a business that is in my area. She uses professional photography that is found online, uses an app to put her logos and advertising all over it, and then uses it to market on social media. ...
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Copy vector pattern completely from scratch for commercial use, but exactly as those found online?

I need a huge range of vector patterns that will be used commercially on merchandise. Since royalty free sites do not allow commercial use for most of their images, I figured I can create patterns ...
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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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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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Copyrights regarding world maps

I am doing some freelance work for a client and she has asked me to illustrate a map visualising Africa and Europe. She is including the illustration into a book she is writing in the hopes of ...
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Are the following logos the same?

I designed this logo for a company, the logo has 4 curved corners (arrows) which represent the different dimensions that particular company works in and the gap between these arrows shows how open 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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Copyright, Outright Copying and Client Requirements [duplicate]

I've been asked to recreate some vector artwork based on an image supplied by my client "from the internet". I told them I cannot copy it exactly but can create something of a similar nature. "Oh if ...
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Who owns the login information for a website? A client or designer.

My client has paid for his website but not the other consulting work that is done by our company. He is refusing to pay for 2 months worth of consulting but is demanding his login info for the backend ...
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Can I use a famous or “patented” color on my projects? [duplicate]

Can I use on my layouts a color that is patented by a company? Let's say that a company logo uses the CMYK value 45 10 26 5 and they've patented that color to be used only and exclusively by them. ...
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Using Copyrighted Characters in Portfolio?

I've seen numerous design portfolios online that involve characters from movies, TV, games, you name it. I'm building a portfolio and for one project I was thinking of creating a few mobile UI ...
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Can I use the Google font 'Lato' for a logo design?

I am creating a logo and would like to use the Google Font 'Lato', can I use this font in my logo design or are there copyright/limitations I need to worry about? I can't find anything online other ...
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Is it OK to copy a person's likeness in a realistic portrait without their permission?

Suppose I am designing a set of plates for the next D&D books (which I am not, unfortunately) and suppose I need to draw a monk with a slightly sneaky face. I have tried several concepts out of my ...
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Is it legal to display third-party logos as part of “As featured in” on sites/printed ads without their consent?

Have seen more companies include logos of media outlets on their site/printed marketing material as part of the "As featured in" section. Is it legal to do this without the companies' consent (...
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Need to know which legal document to use

Someone wants to buy the rights to an image I created. The buyer is in Europe and I'm in the US. We settled on a price and now I need help determining which legal document I should use. Are there any ...
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How to attribute Creative Commons art on a T-Shirt [duplicate]

I'm creating a T-shirt using an image licenced under CC BY-SA 4.0. The main problem I'm facing is how do I attribute the image used? Do I put the attribution on the site I sell the T-shirt on, or do I ...
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I have created a logo similar to an existing one. Is it plagiarism? [duplicate]

I have designed a logo for my friends company and just now have found a similar one existing in real. I feel very bad about that, what should I do? Redesign or not? I have made all needed research ...
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is it allowed to clear the “designed by freepik.com” from the vectors?

it is legal to modify freepik vectors, does this mean that it is legal to delete the text written "designed by freepik.com" on the vectors? Second question: is it legal to use freepik vectors in a ...
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Client wants font as logo

I wrote the business name of my client's using a font for a design I created. The client wants me to send him "that" - the name of his business in "that type of fancy/cool" font - as a logo to him. In ...
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Who owns authorship when an employee makes a design for their employer?

Let's say Designer X worked full time for Company Y. While there, Designer X built an illustration to explain how Company Y's product works. Then, some years later after Designer X left Company Y, 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 ...