Copyright

02/11/2009

All artwork uploaded to ZetaPrints is copyright of the author. There are legal and practical considerations how to structure your copyright.

Ownership of the data and artwork

All user data and uploaded artwork are owned by the people and organizations uploading them to ZetaPrints web-to-print system. ZetaPrints uses the uploaded data and artwork for the purpose it was uploaded – generating web-to-print files and maintaining normal operation of the website according to our privacy statement.

Copyright

The default settings for all uploaded artwork is “All rights reserved“. It means that no one can do anything with your artwork, unless given a permission by you. In theory, at least. The exact level of restrictions depends on the jurisdiction. Different countries have different rules. This is the most restrictive of copyright licenses.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof. This type of licensing is more permissive and easier to understand.

Practical considerations

We recommend to use the default setting (All rights reserved) for all branded designs, such as corporate business cards, marketing products and other products that are intended for use by a select group of users.

  • Any other products are better off under any of Creative Commons license.
  • If someone wants to steal your design they will.
  • The web is too big for anyone to police.
  • Sharing brings more traffic and more attention.
  • The world is a better place if we all collaborate and share.

It is much easier to let others re-use your work and rip the benefit of attribution.

Technology barriers

A few simple steps can make it much harder to rip off your designs. Not that it will stop someone committed to do it.

  • Add a watermark with your web address.
  • Convert fonts to curves to make it harder to copy the design from PDF.
  • Add invisible signatures and patterns to complex vector designs to prove authorship.
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