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Safety of using images found through Google image search

As others have said, images found on Google image search are not free to use unless they are licensed as such. Google does however have advanced search features that will show you images that are ...
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Safety of using images found through Google image search

Unless the image in question is accompanied by a specific statement telling you that it is royalty free and / or public domain then it is subject to copyright. There doesn't have to be a copyright ...
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Would this be considered as plagiarism?

No, not at all. It doesn't have nearly enough similarities to count as plagiarism. Yes, they both feature a tree. As do many, many logos. The style is different, the use of colors, the whole setup is ...
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Is it right to use the ideas of non-winning designers in a design contest?

Ethically and morally..... using any "contest" is merely taking advantage of designers. Contest do nothing but take advantage of designers and give all the benefit to the person running the contest. ...
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Confused By Copyright Rules

Creating a "brush" or tracing an image to create a vector version of the same image would be considered derivative work. This is a form of infringement. You are using the original copyrighted material ...
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How to handle a request for handing over 6 years of working files?

Don't. Unless specified in the original contracts of that 6-year body of work, you are not obliged to keep the original working files of past projects. That you do so is only for personal archiving. ...
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Will I get sued for my logo, even though the customer doesn’t know me?

If you have copied something from a design on Shutterstock and it is in distinctive enough to be recognised then you are in danger of being pursued for copyright infringement. However, Shutterstock ...
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Are you allowed to use a warning sign as a logo or is this copyrighted?

The warning symbol is part of the ISO 7010 standard as such its normative in many countries. This standard relies on ISO 3864-1, and ISO 3864-3 for further information about colors and sizes of ...
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What should happen if a logo I made is similar to another?

How to tell if the logos really are that similar Chances are if you're looking at this post, they are. But here are some tests you can try: Making them both grey-scale. Viewing them from far away (...
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How do I protect a typeface I have designed from being pirated?

There is no technical way to protect the typeface. So law is the only thing that is protecting you. The font program itself (the OTF file) is protected by copyright but the resulting marks are not ...
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Is it safe to use an image when I'm unable to identify its source?

Try using Google's search by image to find the original. If you are unable to find it or the copyright about using it, you should not use it in your app to be safe.
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How to handle client requests to violate copyrights?

One could solve the conflict by changing the perspective: See the task "use this image" as implying "take care of the license" The client proposes to use an image, and it looks like he has not ...
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Copyright issues if using vector art from Shutterstock?

Perhaps you failed to notice "Copyright: PureSolution" on the Shutterstock page. In 99% of all cases you can not trademark or copyright royalty free artwork. What you "purchased" was the right to ...
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Is it safe to use an image when I'm unable to identify its source?

I'd use the tool https://www.tineye.com/ to do a reverse image search. This might point you to a stock photography site or other site that probably would have more details surrounding the license.
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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

I'm assuming you're in the US, and I am not a lawyer. Short answer is that unless you have a contract specifically stipulating that the client gets the copyright when the work is complete, they don't ...
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How to handle a request for handing over 6 years of working files?

As a designer working on both sides of the fence I will only tell what we did when I was hired as in-company designer. I revised all contracts with our outsource agencies. I omit the ones where we ...
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How to word email explaining working files buyout

I somewhat agree with the comment from @Joonas There's no need to justify pricing until you are confronted with an argument about it. Your default mindset should be... "Sure, here's the cost"...
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What's the worst that can happen with CC0?

There is one thing that a user of the work cannot do, and that is to claim copyright on the original work. One of two things happens (legally) with CC0: either the work is released into the public ...
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How to decide if a design is very similar to my own work?

My advice would be to let it be. The only thing the "copy" has in common with your work is the idea of a noose with a drop of water. The style is different and the context probably also. It's not ...
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Copyright issues if using vector art from Shutterstock?

Part II of the Terms of Service states YOU MAY NOT: [...] Use any Image (in whole or in part) as a trademark, service mark, logo, or other indication of origin, or as part thereof, or ...
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How do web designers and companies copyright their work?

First of all, it depends on the region but the most common of all copyright "laws" is the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Which basically states that you ...
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Will I get sued for my logo, even though the customer doesn’t know me?

If you infringe upon a copyright, then you are responsible, not (only) your client/customer. You are creating the artwork and it’s your responsibility to act without negligence. Using artwork from a ...
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New identity under a larger identity?

You should contact the original agency and talk about this with them. Just ask whether the original contract allows for this situation. Emphasise subtly that as you read it, you interpret things as if ...
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How exactly should I ask my employer for design use permission on paper?

I don't think it's overly complicated. You could easily write up something which states they give you permission. You don't need some huge contract or anything. [Your name] has permission to display ...
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Is it right to use the ideas of non-winning designers in a design contest?

No, it is not right. Use what you paid for and make sure all the other contestants you are taking inspiration from are compensated. These authors own their work unless/until you buy it. If you can ...
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How do I protect a typeface I have designed from being pirated?

Forgetting about copyright and legal measures, I think people will have the intention to pirate a typeface as a last resort. In fact, I have first hand experience with this. My team and I were working ...
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How to attribute, give credit to creative commons/copyleft/public domain content for web/print?

For a business card, my recommendation would be Use a URL-shortening service to create a short url for the webpage that is hosting the original graphic with full attribution. Use small print on the ...
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What should I do if I find a logo very similar to my design?

Personal opinion: I suppose you have not technically stolen it, but you should not use it. It is way too close. You have to tell your client what happened, and that it is in everyones interest to ...
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Is it safe to use an image when I'm unable to identify its source?

If you can not find the source you either need to be prepared for possible legal issues or find a different photo to use.
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Is it safe to use an image when I'm unable to identify its source?

No, it is not safe. Just because you aren't able to find and identify the copyright owner of the image doesn't mean that the copyright owner won't find your android app and identify you.
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