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Created a logo sample for someone - he's using it without paying me. What can I do?

Someone contacted me on Myspace about creating a logo for a record label. He agreed to pay me $150 for the work. I sent samples (against my better judgment) before receiving any payment. The image I sent read "Sample" across - but now he's posted this on his Myspace page without my watermark. I reported the pictures on Myspace, but is there anything else I can do?

Update:

I do have the Myspace emails saved. I realize there won't be much I can do, I've requested to have the images removed...short of that, I will chalk it up as a loss.

I won't bother with it unless he should continue to use the logo (for business purposes, etc). Guess I'm just irritated as it was one of those "I need this ASAP" sort of things, and busy working on other projects, I didn't take the proper precautions to protect myself. I certainly thought the "sample" text all over the image would discourage something like this. But surprisingingly, he found some way to remove it.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    that was a big OOPS! on your part. in the future do nothing without a signed contract and some deposit money from the client.

    get to know an attorney, get the book "Copyright Law For Dummies" or "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Copyright Law" they both are very informative and usefull (my attorney gave me a copy for my birthday one year, and i am wearing it out)

    Also you are working way to cheaply...

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  • Batty
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    1 decade ago

    Talk to an attorney for future reference, and be aware that your ideas are the most valuable part of your work. It so easy to remove any watermark, or recreate the art once you have given them the visual to work with.

    I have no idea how to guarantee that your work won't be copied except to prosecute the hell out of anyone who does so the fear of being taken to court keeps them from committing the theft of your work.

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  • Emmy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Hmm. Internet jurisdiction is tough, but I think small claims court might work out.

    I think there's a legal section on Answers, they may be better help.

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  • we all learn by our ignorence, do not bother with it, go on to the next posible project, next time ask a lawyer!

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