(Closed) Uh..is this even legal?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did the very same thing with my magnets when I couldn’t get the colors just right through the printer.  I used publisher and created our new STD magnets in about 30 minutes.  I then used Vistaprint and uploaded the file and saved myself about $40-$50 by doing this. 

As far as being legal to post it, I have no clue.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’re lucky your roomie is a graphic designer.  I wish I knew one.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

It’s technically a copyright violation if she didn’t change anything in the design. I wouldn’t post them online.

I doubt you’ll get sued, but I wouldn’t advertise that you copied them. There have been debates online about this kind of thing in wedding stationery since it is commonplace.

http://offbeatbride.com/2010/04/duplicate-it-yourself-the-dark-side-of-diy

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

vista print currently has free postcards $100!! I ordered them with envelopes, writing on the back with personal images for only 3.25 plus $10 for shipping. We paid 3.25 for the color on the back. I suggest them.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

What a great idea! i wish i would have thought of this Fiance is HUGE bookworm.

if you made it yourself i do not think that is illegal i think its ok that you used someones elses project as an inspiration for your own.

but im no lawyer ๐Ÿ™‚

I say post it!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I hardly doubt this company will ever find out what your STD’s look like. Look at all the ppl on Etsy that make invites that look similar to Wedding Paper Divas and the dresses that are imitation designer gowns.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Not sure if it’s legal or not, but I think that’s pretty common practice. There are only so many combinations of graphics/placement you can use, and so many DIY invitations. I think if you were to try to sell them, that’d be trouble!

But I’d love to see them, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Do you see the copyright symbol underneath the design? That means yes, it is illegal to copy it. Copyrighted material is protected by federal law. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I actually did something similar to you.  i saw an STD on minted but couldn’t afford it, so i redesigned it in my colours using Illustrator.  I haven’t posted it online since it basically is using someone else’s design without paying for it.

if you had made actual design changes to it, then i could consider posting.  but since you stated “perfect duplicate” i wouldn’t take the chance.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@Krises: The copyright symbol doesn’t need to be on the design. I am a graphic designer. Unless I specifically say my work is open for public use (for free), I own the rights and someone cannot copy it legally.

However, like knockoff dresses, no one is probably losing sleep over it…

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@MadameLady: I’d really have to see it. Honestly it does depend how different it looks, but whether you post it online or not, I doubt you’ll get in trouble unless you stole the design from a huge agency and then email them telling them what you did. ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you’re not going to sell the design anywhere, you’ve just adapted an image you saw to suit your needs – nuffin’ wrong with it, that’s what you DO with inspiration. i’m doing the same with much of my stuff too, and I’ll proudly post it when I’m done.

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