Questions tagged [legal]

Questions about copyright, licensing and ownership.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
2answers
539 views

Are new brand names/logos typically trademarked, and what are the most common reasons for doing so?

I've been doing some preliminary reading on trademark law, and I see that a trademark with the USPTO isn't necessary to defend the uniqueness of your new brand name or log in court. The USPTO gives ...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

When I buy a font, is there any limitations, except I cannot give it away to anyone?

Is it correct that, once bought a font, I'm not limited in time or number of projects I can use the font in? Say, I own Helvetica. Does it mean that now I have a right to use it in any of my projects?
4
votes
2answers
4k views

Am I allowed to embed Typekit fonts directly into a website and host them myself?

With Adobe CC I've gained access to Typekit. I've started playing around with it and noticed they put a cap on page views per month on loading the fonts. (Currently I'm capped at 500,000 but would ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
222 views

Is it legal to make a vector of another companies product?

So I own a business that will soon start developing mobile apps for platforms such as the iPad. I am wondering if I can legally make a vector graphic of other companies products such as the iPad to ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Should I seek explicit permission to place a logo into an image sprite with other logos?

I'm currently trying to get permission to place various clients logos on a website, should I also ask for permission to place their logos into a image sprite together with other logos? My reasons for ...
4
votes
1answer
12k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
516 views

Where can I find assets and the terms of use for creating buttons/icons with various social network logos?

Sharing icons/buttons are a big thing these days: (From here) Are all/most of the icons you see around the web created without explicit permission? If there is permission granted for the logo, ...
4
votes
1answer
878 views

Is it legal to convert a not-freely-distributable font to "path" and distribute it?

Suppose, I am creating a logo in a vector graphics editor (for example Inkscape) and I use there the font which cannot be freely distributed (for example Myriad Pro which can be obtained by ...
4
votes
1answer
217 views

Can you protect social media iconography?

I frequently create mock-ups with free-use icon sets. I've begun to see many designers offer "Premium" commercial licenced sets of Social Media icons. I'm wondering: Is it even possible to make an ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

Creating a logo for a PDF application, which symbol should I use?

I'm developing a Mac PDF application and I'm at the tedious step to study a proper fancy logo. Is it ok to use the well known Adobe symbol of PDF inside my logo? Do you know another symbol that is ...
3
votes
2answers
512 views

Is it OK to include a stylized reproduction of a copyrighted painting in a design?

I'm working on an icon of a framed painting. I would like the painting to be immediately recognizable to the intended audience, and so am considering doing a stylized reproduction of a particular ...
3
votes
4answers
803 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Can a co-founder/client claim ownership of designs if IP wasn't specifically signed over?

I have never done this before so bear with me. I am a Graphic Designer who started a business 3 years ago with a woman. We created and designed the whole 'program' together. Since the inception of ...
3
votes
2answers
271 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
316 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

Logo design legality question, Can I use another company's logo in my own?

I am a graphic designer hoping for some legal advice. A client of mine owns a small company that makes equipment repairs solely for a larger equipment manufacturer. My client’s company name also ...
3
votes
2answers
289 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
6k views

Where do I stand from a legal perspective using Helvetica Neue in my logo?

What is the legal perspective of using specific fonts for your company logo? Which fonts CAN you use in your logo?
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Crediting a typeface in a finished work

Hey does anyone know how you are supposed to credit (if you are supposed to) the typefaces you have used in a printed work (case in point - design exhibition catalogue for my BA) I've been using ...
3
votes
1answer
952 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
932 views

Is it an usual practice to request portfolio rights?

I'm an amateur graphic designer. I've been doing work for local companies and initiatives for just over a year now. I recently got a job designing for a pretty big client (by my standards). They ...
3
votes
1answer
343 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
722 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
618 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Using Apache 2 Licensed fonts in a Logo

This matter seems to be quite unclear since Apache License v2 is normally used for software. There are actually quite a few fonts that I find interesting and, I would like to use them in some company ...
3
votes
2answers
365 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Can I use an "editorial-only" 3D model for demonstrative purposes in a commercial?

I'm creating CG for a video commercial that will likely be used mostly in tradeshows or online. I'm looking to purchase two models from Turbosquid, one a Boeing 787 and one a Volvo semi truck and ...
2
votes
2answers
779 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
8k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
310 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
799 views

Legally use UI design of iOS platform as website design

I'm creating a web page which has an inherent link to smart phones, and therefore I would like to mimic the design of the iOS and/or Android platform in the website. In the case of the iOS platform, ...
2
votes
3answers
194 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
742 views

When invited to publish in a design showcase book, what considerations should a designer make?

(This is a deliberately broad question. A correct answer would be a set of considerations with a strong experience-based rationale) I've been invited to put some of my designs forward for publication ...
2
votes
3answers
962 views

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) ...
2
votes
2answers
817 views

Changing Company Logo Colors for Resume

Note: I understand that this borders more of a legal question, but the advice I found here and here didn't quite seem to fit my question. I am redesigning my resume and parts of the design will ...
2
votes
1answer
134 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
22k views

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?
2
votes
1answer
503 views

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. ...
2
votes
1answer
178 views

law regarding a pastiche

My client has asked me to create a leaflet which is a pastiche of a well known fast food chain. It wouldn't be derogatory or mention the restaurant by name but would probably use similar colours / ...
2
votes
1answer
166 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
87 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
124 views

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),...
2
votes
2answers
94 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
196 views

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 ...