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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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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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Is giving attribution for using color compulsory?

It is not possible to copyright a color or even a combination of colors. It is possible to copyright the way a palette is presented. i.e. the images on that web site are copyrighted, not the colors ...
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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 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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Can I upload works from tutorials in my graphic design portfolio?

You can put tutorial work in your portfolio provided you explain that it is tutorial work. Alas, I don't know if that would gain you much in an interview. The fact that you can finish a tutorial doesn'...
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Licensing for yoga drawings from a book?

Whether or not you own the book is irrelevant. Purchasing a book does not give you any rights to reproduce any part of it. You can’t use the images (or text) from the book without express prior ...
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Is there any way to buy Adobe Illustrator instead of subscribing?

Until recently it was possible to buy the Adobe CS6 pack permanently as a one-time payment. But that is no longer an option and Adobe CC software is currently only available via subscriptions. Yeah, ...
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What's the worst that can happen with CC0?

No one can claim to be the original author on a public domain work. That is considered Copyfraud. Assingning a different license to a public domain work and redistributing it is possible. But that ...
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Using fan art for book cover

There are three issues here: The easy one. Do you have permission or a license from the artist? Or did they artist release their work under something like Creative Commons? If no, you're stealing ...
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Who is the 'designer'

The answer to this question is: What does your contract say. If your contract says nothing about copyright transfer then they own the copyright. See the thing is, the person who made the file owns the ...
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How to attribute, give credit to creative commons/copyleft/public domain content for web/print?

I am going to stick my head out, as I have thought a good deal about this. I am first and foremost concerned with practicalities and decency and what actually is going on and a viable solution. (...
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How to prove an image has been released under Creative Commons?

After all I wrote a message to the legal project lead of Creative Commons Germany. The summary of his answer is: As there are no central registries, the best you can do is taking a screenshot ...
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Submitting logo to Github project

GitHub Perhaps obviously (although perhaps not so obviously in the era of Wikipedia and having one's StackExchange Q&A edited by others without asking)...someone's GitHub repository on the web is ...
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Can I upload works from tutorials in my graphic design portfolio?

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, so I can't take responsbility, yadda yadda yadda. No. 'Changing' a work 'a bit to make it mine' is a so-called derivative work, for which the original author explicitly ...
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Who owns copyright to photos of public places? (Editorial Use Only license)

Photographers selling photos through a stock agency have their own agreement with the agency. The agency then has an agreement with the customer. Who can have objections to the commercial use of ...
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Using fan art for book cover

If it's clearly Radcliff's likeness, then you'll probably run into a problem. It's to do with a persons privacy rights, and to prevent them looking like they endorse things that they don't. If it is ...
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Can I use a modified version of a Microsoft program icon for my own software under "Fair Use"?

No, you can not base your icon on another icon that is a clear copyright breach. Being a free software has no bearing on the issue. See what your trying to do is piggyback on somebody else's work ...
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I've used some vector elements from an online stock bank in 2 logos but completely redrawn them

Redrawing something means you have created derivative work, not original work. (PDF from copyright.gov) Merely "redrawing" something does not, in most instances, grant you an unencumbered copyright. ...
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Dribbble Freebies - Okay to use for commercial purposes?

practically every freebie I've seen on Dribbble does have this information from the creator. I would take @Joonas' advice in the comments about ones that do not mention it. The ones that do, follow ...
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Client is selling her business - can she on sell the design work I've done for her over the years?

Do you want the possibility of getting work from the new owner? Do you want the possibility of getting more works from the current owner if she every starts a new business? If the answer to one of ...
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How to attribute, give credit to creative commons/copyleft/public domain content for web/print?

For web: You could add everything into a humans.txt file located in the site root. Humans.txt is an initiative for knowing the people behind a website which contains information about the different ...
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Cover Art for Ebooks - Is it acceptable to use images labeled by google as "for reuse with modifications"

Short answer: Maybe. Longer answer: Yes, you may use images described by Google as being free for "reuse and modification" in your book cover, if... Google has correctly identified the ...
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License for logo of an open source (GPL) project

You don't typically license a logo at all--as a logo is meant to represent a single entity. However, within the license of the software itself, you may want to add clauses about how the logo can be ...
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How does licensing & pricing work for a design that a client will use on Tshirts (for sale)

I have been in the screenprinting / embroidery / graphic design industry for over 25 years. As far as I am concerned, this is how it works… The customer pays me for art work or for me to create any ...
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Do I need to worry about copyright/licensing if I am going to trace an image from google?

This being a legal question, it will vary from country to country. I've always been told that tracing an image will result in a so-called derivative work, which owes copyright to the original image's ...
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Why should I buy licensed software?

After you incorporate, your more open for regulation, then you can usually be investigated, in most western countries. As a private person outside US and France not much chance getting caught, even in ...
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Why should I buy licensed software?

WHAT IS THE DANGER? Besides the viruses, can I go to prison for that? If you're asking purely about legal ramifications, then this probably isn't the right site to ask. It's a legal question. And ...
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Do I have to license Google Design Guidelines to implement them as best practices?

You can produce whatever you want from the guidelines, that's what guidelines are. If you copy their exact graphics that's another story but if you're just using it as inspiration and guidance for ...
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Google map icon- is it free to use?

Per Google after a little search: Things not permitted: Don't copy or imitate Google's trade dress, including the look and feel of Google web design properties or Google brand packaging, ...
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