Questions tagged [licensing]

Questions about the granting of permission to use copyrighted material by the copyright holder, often for a fee. Licenses are common in software usage, like font files, stock images but also application software.

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How to protect against third-party claims when using free stock images?

Today's royalty-free Stock image sites are relatively open, meaning that theoretically, anybody can submit any kind of content, including copyright-protected content created by others. It's even ...
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How to attribute, give credit to creative commons/copyleft/public domain content for web/print?

Edit: To be extremely succinct: How to credit imagery used on a business card or ballpoint pen? Inspired by this question, I started to think: How do you attribute and give credit, when you use ...
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Is it necessary to attribute Creative Commons licensed art?

There are tons of sites out there with free graphics. You can find a bunch of these sites through freepik.com. It seems that 99% of these graphics use the CC Attribution 3.0 license. I'm wondering ...
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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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What are general practices in handing over usage rights to the client?

When a graphic designer creates work for a client, in many jurisdictions, the designer keeps some rights to the work by default. This means that when e.g. designing a logo, the designer can sometimes ...
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How to comply with sharealike clause when using creative commons cc-by-sa licensed images in commercial work?

If I want to use images licensed under the creative commons cc-by-sa license, how do I have to share the derivative work in order to comply with the license of the original image? In particular, how ...
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Is vectorizing an image copyright infringement if the image is not CC/Public domain?

Is it okay to vectorize this image to make a poster out of it even though the image is not Creative Commons or anything like that? I'm not using any part of the image directly and only going to use it ...
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How to prove an image has been released under Creative Commons?

Assume you use some images with a Creative Commons license. The creative commons license states that the license cannot be revoked if you acquired the images while published as Creative Commons. ...
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Licensing Cover-Art For Book

I'm a graphic artist digital and print/front-end designer and developer. Recently I was approached by a friend to design cover art for his book. He had informed me he couldn't offer me a payment but ...
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Who is the 'designer'

Last year, I approached a graphic design company with some of my own sketches and photos that I would like to be used in the design of some logos for my company branding. The designer uses my original ...
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Can I take images from Google image search as a base for my creations? [duplicate]

This is a legal question and I want to know if I can continue the way I work in a commercial environment. This is not about if I can blatantly take images from the web and use them as they are. What ...
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Is it okay to attempt to retract pro bono work?

I am a member of a non-profit organization that has used a logo that was designed pro bono by one of our members for several years. Very recently, this designer has had a falling out with some of the ...
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How can I use Creative Commons-licensed media in print?

I want to use a CC-BY-SA image in a printed newsletter. What is the most succinct and unobtrusive way I can comply with the license? It would really clutter up my design to slap the creator's name, ...
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What type of creative commons licensing do I need for free templates?

I'm planning on releasing a design template for a specific platform to make it easier on users who use that platform to design their pages. I want to allow anyone to download this template for free; ...
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What's the worst that can happen with CC0?

I'd like to release some artwork under the CC0 license, but I'm a bit worried about the implications of that... What is someone allowed to do with a CC0 work? What's the worst that can happen? Or ...
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Is it okay to purchase stock images in the developer company name?

We've used some stock images (vector graphics) on a Flash website we created recently. We're just about to purchase a web license for the same that allows "unlimited use of the vector graphic on ...
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How does licensing & pricing work for a design that a client will use on Tshirts (for sale)

I created an illustrated design for a client for use on fliers and on their website- and I simply charged a flat fee for the design work. Now, they're reaching back out to me because they would like ...
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Can you help me with a font licensing question (AKA what is the licensing for my font)?

I'm asking this question on behalf of the occasional new members who ask questions in the following categories (fill in the blanks as appropriate): Does anyone know the licensing terms for ______ ...
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Who owns copyright to photos of public places? (Editorial Use Only license)

I am baffled by "Editorial Use Only" licenses offered by stock photo sites. It seems that even if photographer wants to sell his photo under "Standard" license, stock photo company can force it into "...
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Dribbble Freebies - Okay to use for commercial purposes?

I haven't seen any info on this. There are a lot of .PDS and .AI files that are given away on Dribbble by the creators, but no one seems to state how they can be used. Does anyone know if it's okay ...
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What Adobe License do I need as an Individual that sells designs?

I want to do Photoshop design work, and sell designs to people. I don't have much money right now to invest in Photoshop, but I'm definitely thinking of saving up to whatever amount that is required (...
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Adobe Illustrator Font Licensing

Do I need to buy a license to use fonts bundled with Adobe Illustrator for commercial use?
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Can I print an online image to frame it for personal use?

I found some beautiful hi-res images online and want to print them just to frame and hang in my home. The images came from personal websites of photographers or news sites like AP. Is this legal?
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Can you use PowerPoint images on your website?

Is it all right to use powerpoint images on your website? For example, If I draw an arrow using the shapes tool, can I then cut the image from the powerpoint and save it, Then use it on my website?
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Can I legally transfer a font that comes with a Mac to a Windows machine?

The American Typewriter comes by default on Mac machines, but not on Windows. If those in my agency who need to use this font on their PC, do they have to purchase a license for it, or could I just ...
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Submitting logo to Github project

I want to give a logo to an open-source Github project. I can use git, but I don't know the etiquette of pushing stuff. Especially if it's not code. Also, what licenses are possible? Where can I give ...
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Do I need to worry about copyright/licensing if I am going to trace an image from google? [duplicate]

I know that I can't just take someone's photo from google images and use it on my site without looking into the licensing, but could I take a photo of let's say a generic wood desk or pen and trace it ...
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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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Does building a site from a design concept violate creative commons no derivatives clause?

Let's say I'm building a personal blog / portfolio site and I'm looking for design inspiration. So here is an example of a website design concept that is protected by creative-commons-no-derivatives. ...
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Generic License for Licensing Artwork

Are there a selection of freely available licenses which can be used to license artwork? Essentially the license would need to cover the following: Allow me to sell artwork to consumer on a non-...
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Client wants font file included for free - is this legal?

I'm working with a client who has requested I send them the font file I'm using. The fonts are Athelas Regular, Italic, Bold, and Italic Bold. The files were included (I think) with Photoshop. I ...
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Embed license information in a PNG file

Is there a way to embed metadata about the license under which a Portable Networks Graphics (PNG) file is being distributed? For example, this image on this Question on this same Stack Exchange is ...
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Copyright + Licensing questions around a redesign of a design I already sell

I had a potential client reach out to me recently wanting me to make modifications to a planner that I designed and sell on my website so she can turn around and sell it to her audience. I'm having ...
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Can I upload works from tutorials in my graphic design portfolio?

I am wondering if it's possible to have works from Photoshop or Illustrator made from online tutorials, into your portfolio? If some work's design can be changed a bit, can it be counted like mine?
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Using fan art for book cover

Let's think about the Harry Potter franchise for a moment. Suppose that I wrote a great book about wizards, and I found an awesome water color of Daniel Radcliffe (the guy who played Harry in the ...
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Is there any way to buy Adobe Illustrator instead of subscribing?

Based on my other question here I started googling the price of Adobe Illustrator and it looks like they only let you subscribe to a monthly payment. I couldn't find a direct way to buy AI and ...
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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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Who to make the license for a font out to

Im planning on using a font in part of a company logo, with this particular font i need to purchase a commercial license before it can use the in the final release of the logo. Im designing the logo ...
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Can I use OS fonts in logos?

When I design a logo, can I use a font that was included in my OS? That I downloaded for free? I'm perhaps less concerned with wordmarks than with other types of logos.
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Is there a difference (in licensing) between embedding a font on a website and just setting it in 'font-family'?

I'd like to use Futura font on my website. I know I can just state it in the 'font-family' attribute, like this: font-family: 'Futura', 'Helvetica', 'Arial', sans-serif but afaik, that uses the ...
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License for logo of an open source (GPL) project

If you were to design the identity of a software project that is released as Free Open Source Software (FOSS), let's say under the GPL licence, including the identity, graphics, logo, etc., can it be ...
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How do I properly create a derivative work with a font licensed as SIL Open Font?

Got a font that I want to do a custom subset for on the Web - picking contextual alternates and discarding unneeded characters to help keep the file size down. FontSquirrel has a great generator, but ...
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Licensing a design for software

I'm a graphic designer and front-end web developer. I was recently approached to design and build a simple brochure website for a language school to showcase their courses. The school is currently ...
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Client wants to use more than one design concept presented

A design contract stated that work done would be for the cost of (1) final presentation folder design. Upon presenting three concepts to the client for consideration (concept 1&2 being similar and ...
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What is considered a commercial use in 3D modeling?

I've only ever done 3D work for educational purposes. Now I need to do some for work and not sure what exactly constitutes commercial in this realm. We manufacture two pieces of architectural ...
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What to charge for a first request to use a design for packaging

I've just been approached out of the blue with a request to use one of my illustrations on the packaging on a snack food product and the website that will market it. I've never had such a request and ...
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Do I need to distribute my product with the same license as the assets I use?

I like to use free images & graphics from the web and it looks like there are new types of licensing that I'm not sure how to use or understand. For example GPL, in software I have to open source ...
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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 ...
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How to price for global packaging rights [duplicate]

I've searched all over Google and couldn't find a suitable answer so I thought I'd go to the source. How would you go about pricing for global packaging rights on illustrations you create? Pricing for ...
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Client is selling her business - can she on sell the design work I've done for her over the years?

I've had an amazing client for the past three years who I've done regular graphic design work for - mostly product promotions (print & web), product brochures, posters and point of sale. She is ...