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Copyright – who’s right?

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...

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What’s in a Colour? Designers Beware!

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...

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Copyright: what do you own?

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...

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