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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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Client not satisfied with the design. Doesn't want to pay

Looking at your question I can see some points that cause me immediate concern: "...first payment after the first milestone (30%)." For me at least that's an immediate problem. I too have staged ...
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Working file request due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

TL:DR The client is fundamentally mistaken about the type of data covered under GDPR, although there are possibly things in the files that are covered under it. You should not send them the files, ...
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Client not satisfied with the design. Doesn't want to pay

The client is taking advantage of you. Plain and simple. If "payment is not an issue" as the client states, then the client would have no problem paying you what you are owed to the current point. ...
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Client wants font as logo

You are asking a few questions here: Is simply typesetting a company name in a font a logo? Yes, it certainly can be. Is it the best solution? Sometimes, but often it's not the best solution. ...
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Client wants font as logo

First of all, it is possible to simple have a typographic logo solution. Logos do not have to be graphic marks or use an original font. If your client is happy with what you've made as a standalone ...
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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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If I'm given resources by a client, should I look up the licenses of each one of those resources?

No. You should have written in your contract that client has all rights to materials he gives to you. With your invoice you should give him list (names) of files you bought to use for the project and ...
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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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Working file request due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Doesn't really matter WHY the client wants you to delete your files and send them everything. It seems to me the client is using GDPR as an excuse and nothing more. I mean, practically any design is ...
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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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Using a clients font to print their files

Each and every foundry has an End User license Agreement (EULA) for their fonts. They all vary to some degree. Some EULAs may forbid the client from ever sending you files to begin. Some EULAs state (...
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If I'm given resources by a client, should I look up the licenses of each one of those resources?

I, personally, don't concern myself immediately with client provided assets. As @Szczerzo answered, the contract should state that you are not responsible for rights to client-provided resources as ...
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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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Working file request due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

This is not legal advice so dont take it as such. You may actually want to read on GDPR. But dont just google for it go directly to the source: What the european commission have to say about GDPR The ...
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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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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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Should graphic artists be scared at all about anyone stealing their artworks?

Are you guys scared at all about anyone stealing your art? No. Not scared. It's of no immediate risk to me if someone downloads an image I created. What would you guys do about it if it happens? ...
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Is it right to use the ideas of non-winning designers in a design contest?

I realized that it is OK to take inspiration from others work, but what I have done is illegal and immoral because I used lots of design ideas from other contestants. The correct way is to ask for ...
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How can I legally design something which looks like US currency notes?

After researching and researching on the internet I was unable to find any official documentation regarding novelty notes. Yes there are ton of web sites that passingly state, "It's fine if you aren't ...
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Copyright of a set of colors?

A color or a set of colors can be trademarked under some legal systems, as long as it's "used to perform the trademark function of uniquely identifying the commercial origin of products or services", ...
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What things should I consider when using my own custom fonts on a client's project?

Clarification: We are designers, for real answers you should ask a lawyer. First thing I would consider is: Were you paid by the company to design this typeface, or did you have it before you used ...
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Who owns authorship when an employee makes a design for their employer?

Company Y. Technically, they're the ones who signed the contracts with the third party, and the Designer X was "part" of company Y at the moment, unless designer X signed a contract with his employer ...
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Client not satisfied with the design. Doesn't want to pay

As an ex-freelancer, I see a few issues at hand here. Artistic services are often seen as a cheap commodity. If you acquired your client through a platform like Craigslist for example, expect that ...
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What can a designer do if a client claims that the work delivered is unacceptable and refuses to pay?

I have worked with PowerPoint files as well, but I have also prepared just backgrounds when requested, so it really depends on what they asked and what you agreed on. Perhaps something in between ...
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