Why is copying other designers’ concepts not tolerated?
- It’s illegal. Under copyright law, when a designer creates a design that is original, he or she is protected. This means nobody else may copy, distribute, alter or display the works of that designer unless otherwise stated in a contract or user agreement.
- It’s unprofessional. The contest holder wants to see unique and creative designs based on their contest brief. The more unique and original your works are, the more you will get noticed. Professionals don’t copy because they are creative enough to come up with their own ideas.
- Copying damages our community. If our designers feel like their ideas will be copied and won’t be recognized as their own, they will not share their beautiful artwork.
How do I know if a design is copied?
Let it be known that we try not to get into the business of determining whether a work is a derivative of another, but we do take copyright violations seriously. Before accusing another designer of copying a design, please refer to our Concept Originality Policy to help you decide what constitutes a copied design concept.
How and what do I report?
If you notice someone has copied your work please report it by clicking on the link just above the project discussion box
- Enter the entry # of the design you believe has copied another design
- Did the entry copy another design in the contest or from somewhere located on a website? Choose an option.
- Add the entry number of the original design or the URL to the website where the original design can be found.
- Describe the allegations - what do you think is copied?
- Click Submit Complaint
DO NOT address another designer in the public discussion board if you believe he/she has copied another design and DO NOT send an email to HiretheWorld. Please submit a complaint using the HiretheWorld reporting tool mentioned above.
Please refer to our Concept Originality Policy to help you decide what constitutes a copied design concept.