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21 Responses to “How to Copyright & Create Your Band’s Logo – Tips for Creation and Protection”

  1. jafabrit says:

    someone stole my image to use as a promotional poster for a band and when I asked the band about it (it is in their website on myspace) about it the response was, well not exactly polite.

    I am sure bands don’t like to see their work ripped off, used without permission or compensation, but somehow there seems to be a problem with people thinking stealing an image is okay?

  2. The Copyright Creators Team says:

    Hi jafabrit,

    Thank you for your comment and we are very sorry to hear what has happened.

    What they have done (using your image without permission) is absolutely illegal and you have a number of actions you can take.
    1. Register your copyright if you haven’t already. This way you will have time-stamped proof about your ownership. If you choose to do it through Copyright Creators, you will get 4 free registrations automatically.

    2. Gather evidence about the image they stole from you (the date you posted it, your oldest file of the image, any witnesses who might have commented on the image prior to their using it, etc.).

    3. Take some clear pictures (or “Print Screens”) of how they are using your image on their site. You’ll want to keep this as evidence should you pursue legal action. Ensure you have a record of the dates you posted your work online, and when they posted their work. Print a copy of these documents and back-them-up on your computer.

    4. Send the infringer a formal “Cease and Desist” letter (as they have not responded appropriately to your initial email). You might consider cc’ing the webmaster of their host site as well. If you do not want to consult a lawyer at this stage, there are a number of free templates online for the Cease and Desist letter.

    5. Remember to keep record of all your communications and print them as additional back-up.

    6. If this still does not work, you can request a ban from search engines through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
    a. Google’s policies can be found at: http://www.google.ca/dmca.html
    b.Yahoo’s policies can be found at: http://info.yahoo.com/copyright/us/details.html

    7.If they still do not respond, you will have to decide if you choose to pursue legal action by consulting a lawyer.

    Thank you again for taking the time to write to us and we hope to hear a happy ending to your situation.

  3. jafabrit says:

    thank you for all the tips and info (plus links) have printed out for future reference. I have to say the record company responded immediately with an apology for how I was treated and most certainly take copyright seriously. The band member also apologized to me. While they have no control over what others do (the copyright violator apparently is not affiliated with the company or the band), they said they would remove the image from the band’s website.

    I haven’t heard from the person who used my image, and I have no way of contacting them via email (I did leave a message on their photobucket page where my image is) I have sent a dmca complaint to photobucket.
    thanks again for your support and helpful response

  4. Paul says:

    Hey CC. Thanks for this. What should the file format be for upload?
    Can I upload photoshop files?

  5. jack parler says:

    :O So mush Info :O

  6. The Copyright Creators Team says:

    Hi Paul,

    thank you for your question.

    Acceptable file formats for Visual Arts are: PDF, JPG, GIF, PPT, MDB, DWG

    Please let us know if you have further questions and we would be glad to help.

  7. Julien says:

    thank u for the well explained legal requirements. the problem i have is that the band i belong to has recorded a song, but due to creative differences the vocalists is leaving us. now my concern is if she can stop the use of the songs stating that she has sung in them, basically to cut out her vocals. is that possible. if so what preventive measures should i take.

  8. The Copyright Creators Team says:

    Hi Julien,

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to counsel you regarding the rights or copyright of your songs in this situation and, as such, you may wish to consider contacting an attorney specializing in copyright law. In the future, you might want to create a contract for your band which deals with such issues as unused recordings, songwriting credits, etc.

    Best of luck!

  9. Ajay Sharma says:

    Out of curiosity. Would Photoshop files (PSD) hold up in court? As they show the creation of the logo, history on the steps you’ve taken to make it and so on.

  10. Marie says:

    A subject near to my heart many thanks, do you have a RSS feed ?,

  11. The Copyright Creators Team says:

    Regarding what would hold up in court, it would really depend on the specific case and all the details involved. However — it’s always prudent to gather as much evidence as possible.

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  14. The Copyright Creators Team says:

    Hi Marie,

    thanks for your comment! Yes — we do have an RSS feed.
    At the top of your screen, you should see the options of “Posts” and “Comments”. Click on Posts and you can join the feed.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.

  15. The Copyright Creators Team says:

    Hi Violin Lessons,

    we’re so glad our information was helpful. We’re working on launching a “News” section in the next 2 months, so please keep checking back as we’ll hopefully have more great information for you.

    Best of luck with your new website!

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  18. The Copyright Creators Team says:

    Hi ‘classical guitar lessons’,
    thanks very much for your feedback.

    You can contact us at anytime at: info@copyrightcreators.com
    You can certainly use the information in our post, but we ask that you please source Copyright Creators.
    If your rapport de stage is something that will be posted online, we would appreciate if you could please post the link: https://www.copyrightcreators.com /protect-copyright/?p=144 for reference.

    Best of luck with your rapport de stage!

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