Hang on there! Before you start using that lovely photo you found on Google images, or that paragraph on a web page which would sound great on your website, check out the copyrights and wrongs with ‘borrowing’ other people’s words and images. You don’t need to be a whiz at copyright law, but understanding the basics could save you a whole heap of trouble.
When you’re designing your company letterhead it may seem like anything goes and you will probably focus on the font and paper type. But there are certain legal requirements that if you ignore will forfeit all the hard work you’ve put in to starting your business.
Many people have already heard of the EU Cookie Law passed last year, many of you may not know that the law is to be enforced from 26th May 2012.
What is the EU Cookie Law? I hear you ask, well its a law to protect the privacy of anyone who browses a website based in the EU.
Protect your property
The law considers your logo as ‘property’. No doubt a lot of time and consideration has gone into the design of your logo to make it representative of your product and company. How mad would you be if you found that somebody had copied it, in effect stolen it? Some people think that a good logo, just like a good product, is worth stealing and even though this isn’t very moral, it does happen. We would always advise you to protect it rather than have to fight legal battles once the worst has happened.