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This is a scam. It is specifically called a "phishing scam". This is a rather long, possibly verbose, answer primarily to help explain as much as possible to hopefully alleviate some of the unsettled feelings you may have over the entire manner. In reality, the only thing you've done wrong is to respond and send money. Phishing: the fraudulent practice ...


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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 hard to imagine that someone could come up with this concept without knowing about your artwork. Actually it seems that someone already created a poster with a ...


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My lawyer told me that, in simple terms, a design infringes another if an uninformed person could mistake one for the other. At the very least, one could be described as an alternate or alternative design to the other. To me, the dead give-away is the conceptually identical filling-of-the-gap created in the empty loop created in the line shape. That's not ...


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There needs to be more clues to the context of both pieces to determine that. I can figure yours but not so much the other's. Yes they look the same, but without the context, both are a hanging rope with a drop. In all honesty, I don't believe any other human being would've got there without much help due to the simplicity and universality of both ...


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You have already got 2 fine answers. There's not much to add to them except one thing. Attacking is the best defence, so be prepared to be accused you have actively marketed intellectual property which belongs to others. There's an army of lawyers which surely are able to flip the case if you are not prepared. Get pro help!


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Just to add to what's been posted. This is why it's very important to have a contract and to communicate through email. Emails can be tracked back. Including a link to a DropBox for file download of a rendered PDF will not work. When doing logo design the options should be included in the email and I'd advise creating an email template similar to how ...


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I'm not a lawyer or barrister, and I don't play one on TV; hence any advice I dispense is not legal advice, and is somewhere between suspect, apocryphal and commonsense: take nothing at face value and do your own research in your locale. I am a multi-decade graphic designer and illustrator, and as a result I've been round the roundabout on IP issues - this ...


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18 U.S. Code Section 713(a) in summary says that displaying a reproduction or likeness of the Great Seal of the U.S. or the seals of the President, Vice-President, Senate, House of Representations or Congress is a federal crime if you convey a "false impression of sponsorship or approval" by the Government of the U.S. or any of its departments, agencies or ...


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