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Is copying the greatest form of flattery?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

WBR t-shirt design

The Winter of 2009 gave birth the new WBR collection. This collection was a little bit different to the rest as the designs were sublimated onto fitted rugby shirts. As the designs were dyed directly into the shirts we were able to utilise the whole shirt rather than just the front. (more…)

“Google images are all in the public domain”

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Copyright in graphic design

We’ve all been there, there’s no need to paint you a detailed picture, client chooses to source their own images and their way of doing this is to punch in what they want into a Google images search, find an image, send you a link, you explain the image is copyrighted and cannot be used, client kicks up a fuss, you end up sourcing legitimate images.

The Great Copyright Question!

Monday, September 17th, 2007

There are a great deal of question marks hanging over the subject of Copyright. It clearly is a small, grey minefield. However according to a Computer Arts survey 50% of designers claim they are familiar with copyright, but if this is true why does it have such a hazy and mystifying aura, especially within the online (MySpace) and digital realm? 

Copyrights protect your creative property and falls into five basic categories: (1) reproduction rights (2) derivative rights, the right to create adaptations of an original work (3) distribution rights, the right to sell a work (4) display rights, and (5) performance rights. For designers and illustrators, reproduction and derivative rights are the most important copyright rights.

Graphic designers often face a problem of copyright theft. Many graphic designers spend much time, thought and energy creating material to be submitted with proposals to corporate clients. It has been known for the client to receive the graphic designs, and have them developed with a cheaper competitor and give no compensation to the author of the graphic designs.
When you create a work you automatically own the copyright to that work for your lifetime. You don’t have to publish the work or register it to own the copyright. You can write “cease and desist” letters telling someone to stop using your copyrighted work even if the work has not been registered. You can file for a copyright at any time, but you cannot legally file an infringement of copyright action unless you have registered the work in question. (more…)