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In my firm’s long association with designers, my most frequently-asked question is, “Can my client use my work without my consent if I haven’t been paid for it?”. Many designers are asked for a “free pitch” in the hope of gaining a good contract, only to find out...read more
When designing branding for a client, don’t rely too heavily on the use of a particular colour as a brand, especially if that colour might be functional rather than decorative. Functional colours (such as yellow for discount services, black for heat absorption, or...read more
As a copyright lawyer, I'm often asked by designers about ownership of their work. Does the client own the work or does the designer hold the rights? It's complicated. I created it – isn’t it mine? The short answer is ‘not always.’ Leaving aside any licenses granted...read more
"There's this graphic artist who says I can't use my design on my website!" yelled my client down the phone, early one Monday morning. He wanted a quick fix, because his website was going on-line the following day. "I've paid this bloke all he's entitled to," my...read more
More often than not, if I have a client purchasing a restaurant, they have a silent partner in the wings with deep enough pockets to satisfy the voracious appetite that restaurant businesses, at least in the initial stages of development, tend to have. In situations...read more
Occupational Health and Safety: I'm at the end-game in two cases involving injuries in the workplace. In both, the injuries were to fingers being put where they shouldn't go and the penalties to the employer are potentially very large. So how can you, as an employer...read more