Increasing Protection for Designers
September 23, 2009
We’ve got some great improvements coming to 99designs.com — many of which will further increase protection for designers in the community.
1. Designer Declarations
To help protect designer copyrights and speed the resolution of projects, we have created a system where designers must now declare licensed material when they submit their work.
In the design submission process, designers now need to indicate one of the following:
- This work is my own original artwork
- This work contains elements that are not my own
If the design is 100% your own original work, fantastic!
However, sometimes designs contain third party elements, such as clip art or a stock image. If you are submitting such a design, you must declare under the second option above. We also invite you to list additional information such as the source of the third party element (a web address, for example) and if the project holder will need to purchase it.
Contest Holders appreciate transparency, so please do the right thing by making honest declarations. By openly discussing how the Contest Holder can obtain the rights to use the content you have submitted, you will make the decision to award your design much easier.
If the work is not your own at all, back to the drawing board! You must submit your own work at 99designs.
2. Violation Reports
We have completely overhauled our violation report system. The new system invites you to provide more information when you submit your reports and allows us to process your reports a lot faster!
- You can enter more specific data when you submit your report
- We then have all the necessary data at hand when we investigate your report
- We are able to take appropriate actions quickly, and resolve the situation in the best interests of our community
Remember that you can submit a report on everything: from projects that have not been awarded after the review period; to the use of inappropriate materials; or offensive behavior in a discussion.
We greatly appreciate your help in making sure everybody plays by the rules—we couldn’t do it without you! So, if you see something that doesn’t look right, please remember to use the reporting system rather than make accusations in the main project discussion.
As always, we invite your feedback!