In short, if a logo for copyright protection was qualified separately from its use as corporate identifier, it is protected by copyright. Nothing in the law mutually excludes the two rights, so many logos can and are applied with trademark and copyright rights. Moreover, even if you have a contract that describes the specific granting of rights, it can only be a license and not a transfer of copyright. And therein lies the confusion with the logos. Many of them have both trademark protection and copyright. In fact, the whole omega v. CostCo case depends in part on a logo on a copyrighted stamped watch (so the import of the watch is a copyright infringement). Even if a copyright assignment is granted, what is the transfer of copyright in? Is it the finished design? Does it contain all the ideas and concepts for this design? What about abandoned ideas and concepts? As you can see (pictured below) Graham has you covered for your design transfer. Normally, you should change your logo logo and contact information. The form itself is inDesign format. This form is handy when you`ve finished your logo and your client has paid for everything.
You then sign this form and pass it on to your client so that you can transfer all the rights to use the logo. For example, if you return to the logo, the general situation is that a client uses a designer to develop some ideas for their visual identity. This situation is not unusual and there are perfectly valid reasons for a creator to want to retain his copyright, but it is not very clear what these rights are, let alone to whom they belong. Your brand and your visual identity on The Espfahl it is simply a way for you to pass on to your customer your property of the logo you designed for your client. This is why it is absolutely necessary to clarify in advance and in writing precisely which copyrights are awarded, because as a client, if you do not have a specific grant of rights, the law makes an implicit property to the author. Employment contracts do not always address or grant full ownership It is a very good practice to have a set of terms and conditions that allow you to retain by default rights to publish the work as part of your portfolio. Even in cases where you have sold the full copyright (which is a non-standard situation that you should also charge with a decent margin), you should have a clause that reserves you the display rights. It should be remembered that while there can be no great advantage for a designer to retain copyright on a controlled logo, potential banana skins are there for the unwary and worth being very careful.
How do you avoid an impending catastrophe? All this is good and good, but does not contribute to your current situation. To do this, I would create these terms and conditions, or at least an abbreviated version – just make sure they are really legal. Show them to your client and briefly explain what they contain and why you ask them to sign the document. It is quite possible that, under your jurisdiction, you will have to sign a document like this for the copyright to be transferred to them. Most copyright laws protect the creator by default, even if they have sold their works. About the author: Amanda Duffy is a law graduate from the University of Westminster, London. She has had successful careers in copyright and publishing at the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, the BBC and FremantleMedia. Today, she is a free writer.
Second, you can use the services of a copyright lawyer in The Case of Your Own. However, there are many cases where this is simply not feasible.