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I'm not a designer by any means but I try my best to make my apps look good. While looking for inspiration I found some good images on stock images sites.

Since I'm really new to all this design thing, I started by transforming a comp, anchor point by anchor point, into a vector image. Then I started changing it to my needs.

Is this copyright infringement? If so, how could I make it not an infringement?



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kemie 247
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hm, that it "allows for derivatives" is a simplification. it does, as long as "it must display some originality of its own. It cannot be a rote, uncreative variation on the earlier, underlying work." (quoting wikipedia)

I'm not sure to what extent your variation is creative enough, but why not spend a few bucks and buy peace of mind and give the original artist credit and compensation? s/he seems to sell via istock too in case you don't want to buy a sstock subsription:

Let me put it this way: if you had done the original one, how would you feel about the variation?

Answered about 9 years ago by kemie
  • I understand your point but I can't focus on what I think here, I have a very liberal view of the world, i.e., I would have no problem even with a complete rip off. I was trying to reach the original designer to ask him what he thought about what I did but it's been hard, no email available anywhere. I would also like to give him something in exchange and buying credits on some stock site is completelly okay except for one thing: the basic license doesn't allow me to do this kind of work and most of the extended ones are on the same boat. That's why I wanted to get in touch with the designer, I'm sure we can settle on a price without dealing with the (sometimes no useful) licenses. By the way, I also have no problem changing my image until it feels like my own work and not somebody else's work, I was mostly curious about how designers view this kind of thing since I'm not a designer myself. :) Thanks for your answer! Pedro Moreira about 9 years ago
  • not 100% sure about the shutterstock one, but at the very least, istock's basic licence allows you to edit an image in the way you did. I realize you're trying to do the right thing (otherwise you wouldn't even be asking the question), but it seems the easiest way to make sure what you're doing is legal and ethical is just to pay the $10 or so the licence would cost you. And by the way, I'm both a designer and sell stock images, so the subject might be a bit touchy with me ;). kemie about 9 years ago

Copyright law allows for derivative works (IIRC) so you may be in the clear.

I'd buy it anyway, that way you know the terms of the license. Just for the one resource it's probably pretty cheap too.

Answered about 9 years ago by Brian Hicks