Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    467

    How do you know?

    Heya,

    I've been getting into web design, and graphic design lately and I have came to wonder about one thing, copyright.

    The web is HUGE these days, and people are doing all kinds of crazy projects, and who knows.. I've been downloading alot of photoshop brushes, and styles, etc.. A lot of them are the same dang thing, but yet some of them that are exactly the same say personal use only, while some say commercial use allowed.. Alright well thats fine, and dandy but 2 months from now, and I am working on a project just find that brush, and use it.. Oh crap.. its the personal use only one.. I'm F'd!

    I mean before the web if you copyrighted someone elses stuff by simple neglect if you were 5 towns over noone would care, or even notice..

    Main point.. How do you know if you've copyrighted someone else? I mean you may have just created something straight out of your head/brain, but someone else had the same idea.. Do you then change one detail to make it noncopyright?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    8,944
    Quote Originally Posted by bluemer View Post
    Main point.. How do you know if you've copyrighted someone else? I mean you may have just created something straight out of your head/brain, but someone else had the same idea.. Do you then change one detail to make it noncopyright?
    It is rare to accidentally infringe on a copyright without viewing the original content previously. e.g. Most people infringe by copying content verbatim or by paragraphing without attribution.

    You may want to look up copyright laws and/or "plagiarism" for further information. A lot of (accidental?) plagiarism occurs in the business world!

    -mike
    Mike G. - Limestone Networks - Account Specialist
    Cloud - Dedicated - Colocation - Premium Network - Passionate Support
    DDoS Protection Available - Reseller Program @LimestoneInc - 877.586.0555

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    73
    It is illegal to copy other web sites.. think that you will not find a good reliable host if you are going to host copyrighted website.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    OnTheWeb
    Posts
    2,024
    That's great you just started doing your webdesign thing :thumbsup:

    We have been in the design field for a while now and know how it goes. Sometimes a client would come to you to start this massive project. They give you the details but one of the features of the project is to bring a website as closely looking as another website. We could simply copy the content straight from the site but that would be copyright because you are actually using the files from another website eg the code, design, structure of the site etc BUT if you were to use the site as a guide and design something from scratch without even looking at the code then it becomes your and your client's copyright.

    Not because something looks similar (in web design that is) does not make it stolen. Two designers will hardly ever code a website the same way. They may use the same techniques (eg xhtml strict or xhtml transitional) but the structure would be different from beginning to end.

    In terms of the personal and the commercial brushes (or any files used in the web design project), you may want to start separating those into different folders. One for personal and the other for commercial. But if you are designing websites seriously, you should consider only downloading or purchasing commercial aids since it will make your life much easier
    If you're the smartest person in the room then you're in the wrong room

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,137
    Quote Originally Posted by cpoalmighty View Post
    That's great you just started doing your webdesign thing :thumbsup:


    In terms of the personal and the commercial brushes (or any files used in the web design project), you may want to start separating those into different folders. One for personal and the other for commercial. But if you are designing websites seriously, you should consider only downloading or purchasing commercial aids since it will make your life much easier
    Good advise. Just separate them into different folders. Or just download commercial licensed ones. But you may find the quality much higher if you paid for such tools.
    Hydro Host Affordable UK Web Hosting - cPanel
    Shared Hosting Reseller Hosting Domain Name Registration - Affiliate Program
    www.hydro-host.net

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    11,521
    cpoalmighty had a great piece there and I will elaborate on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpoalmighty
    In terms of the personal and the commercial brushes (or any files used in the web design project), you may want to start separating those into different folders. One for personal and the other for commercial. But if you are designing websites seriously, you should consider only downloading or purchasing commercial aids since it will make your life much easier
    If I were you for each project I am working on I would create a folder PER PROJECT and note the "source" of where it came from. If you are using a "commercial" brush then I'd note that the brush came from xxx (just for your own sake).

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •