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Watermarking design entries


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#1 sikdesigns

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:33 PM

Just wondering if Designcontest.com has considered watermarking the larger images designers submit. I only ask because I feel like some of the smaller startups could care less about a vector file, never select a winner and just use the large jpg/png that was submitted. I had a client post an image where they already took my design from the site and placed it in their website design as an example.

 

Just curious.

 

Is this a good idea, something to consider?


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#2 PaintedPony

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 09:54 PM

You could send them a cease and desist email stating copyright infringement. You are covered under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

 

Was it a logo you designed for a contest on DC?


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#3 sikdesigns

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:24 PM

Yes it was a contest on DC. I guess my point is if a customer would be satisfied with a jpg file all they would need to do is save any of the designs they like and never finish the contest.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:59 PM

So the CH stole your design without permission or payment. That is not cool. Did the contest become abandoned? I bet Sharie would be interested in knowing the details. The CH could have asked for a refund, but still got a web quality logo for their website for FREE! :(


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#5 sharie

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 12:46 AM

What contest and what link to website this design is on?



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#6 sikdesigns

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 01:03 AM

I think this is going in the wrong direction. Lol. I am not accusing any ch of stealing my design I was just using that situation as an example of how easy a ch could use designs posted and that it might be a good idea to have some type of DC watermark on the larger image files.

#7 sharie

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 01:07 AM

Ok some clients will test designs to see how they look and also have their followers give feedback, this happens often. If we find a client has let contest expired and still showing a design from the contest then I take action (and have) send client notice that if design is not chosen as winner I will choose that design as the winner, 

 

So if you notice a client using the design from an expired contest then I need to know and will do what I can to protect your rights


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#8 sikdesigns

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 01:13 AM

Ok good to know. Thanks




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