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wallfish says

You’re absolutely right guys! What should i do when somebody copied my work thought?

Once you create a design its automatically a copyright of your own. As it may get tricky in case of disputes so you may want to reach out to copyright companies to register it. I’m not a lawyer and blah… but you may want to get in touch with these external services who provides services registering your material.

There are couple of free international online services like MyOws (use google) and etc. where you can upload your work to prove your creation date and all but I don’t know how much will it hold back when you are in real need of proving your files are authentic. In face I don’t even know whether these online free services are reliable or not. Personally I have never come across such a dispute. A lawyer would be my best bet on this case. As Envato cannot protect you outside the marketplace eg. a flyer design flying around your own town.

Hope that made some point :) Good luck mate!

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dekurvajo says

You’re absolutely right guys! What should i do when somebody copied my work thought?
create more. it means there is a demand for your work.
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mitdralla says


You’re absolutely right guys! What should i do when somebody copied my work thought?
create more. it means there is a demand for your work.

I agree. I remember back in the day when digital copyright wasnt “as big” as it is today. I found a website that was copied exactly as one I just published a few weeks prior. Including the author comments and all in my code – I took it as a form of flattery and continued to do my thing. create create create.

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gbs says

Like some have said, feel free to put an additional watermark over your logos that you submit, but I can guarantee that it will do more harm than good. People who want to steal it, will continue to do so (as they just recreate it). People who may have wanted to buy it, may be deterred by the ugly watermark (making it less attractive).

That’s why I said do it smartly. Of course people should see the design itself rather than all the fishnet, but does not allow them too many spaces to think “Hey try a bit of live tracing here and let’s get it for free. Sounds fun LOL”. It depends on the specific item you are selling. For example with icons, I think that most of them should come with additional watermarks.

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dekurvajo says

gbs, big dogs like Getty, Corbis, they give the pictures without any watermarks, just as the professional stock music/sound design files are also downloadable without disturbing beeps, voices. Why? Because they know if they would put those annoying things over there, art directors, designers, and all the pros would prefer another sources because they have no time and nerves to do smudge work. So its simple, professionals will pay because they dont want to take the risk and because they just simply professionals. This kind of source like Envato and many others, a bit different story. There was a huge demand for the middle level, or “doesntmatter” class stock. Look, its not a big deal to download an item for few bucks, then sell over again. The watermark is against the mass girafism and not and not against John Shilling Doe, if you know what i mean. Thats why we are not aloud to include the preview file into the upload.

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gbs says

This kind of source like Envato and many others, a bit different story. There was a huge demand for the middle level, or “doesntmatter” class stock. Look, its not a big deal to download an item for few bucks, then sell over again. The watermark is against the mass girafism and not and not against John Shilling Doe, if you know what i mean. Thats why we are not aloud to include the preview file into the upload.

I understand what you mean. I know, up to another level, there should be no need of any watermark, and people always pay for what they want because they’re professional. But, as you stated about “different story”, so I guess there should be different suggestions/ recommendations for such story to protect your works. It’s not recommended all the time, but in specific cases, specific environments, it’s necessary.

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dekurvajo says

Absolutely. Thats why we were pissed off on this summer, because that animal’s neck grew long and fat. And we were expecting some “background” job.

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BlinVarfi says

Thank you all guys! Really helpful :)

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