If you’ve come here from a crowdsourcing site, or a logo design contest site, fair warning:
Here’s the deal – and it’s simple. Steal our work, and you will more than likely be sued.
If you steal any of work, misappropriate it, copy it, get so ‘inspired’ by it, or use it in any way, you will be sued for damages, laywer’s fees, civil charges, etc.
The artwork, logos, examples, and wording on this site is ours, copyrighted and trademarked by us, or our clients. If you steal it, misappropriate it, or use it in any you will be sued for damages, laywer’s fees, civil charges, etc. The internet has made it so easy to find when our work has been stolen. There’s legions of other designers who follow our work, and they always let us know. To date, GDS has collected over $128,000 in damages from folks who loved our work so much, they figured they’d just steal it and use it for their own use, or have their designer copy it or ‘get inspired’ by it. We have an intellectual property lawyer, and he loves this stuff. It’s easy money. So just be forewarned. You, as the business owner, with the stolen artwork that infringes on the legal rights of another entity that owns that artwork, will be liable.
Bad stuff that will happen if you steal our work.
The following is a list of repercussions for copyright/trademark infringement that Graphic D-Signs may seek to enforce in the event an infringement of copyrighted and/or trademarked property owned by Graphic D-Signs is used without permission.
If copyright and/or trademark infringement is detected, Graphic D-Signs has many options, which includes sending a Cease and Desist Letter. Graphic D-Signs can opt to immediately file a lawsuit demanding statutory damages and lawyer fees. Please note that a Cease and Desist Letter IS NOT mandatory. This letter is a warning to let the infringer know that we plan to aggressively protect our website if the information isn’t removed immediately. If Graphic D-Signs opts to file a lawsuit, the person and/or company responsible for the infringement may find themselves responsible for extensive attorney fees and court costs just to defend their action. Graphic D-Signs is prepared to seek action against those parties found to have infringed on the illegal use or misuse of the contents of this website regardless of the degree of infringement. Graphic D-Signs has invested in strict website monitoring capabilities and practices to ensure the sanctity and proper usage of its displayed content and capabilities within the website.
Here’s a better idea:
If you like our work so much, than just hire us or another reputable design firm. If you think it’s costly to hire a professional, think of how much more costly it will be defend a trademark infringement case.
Copyright and how it works.
All website designs, text, graphics, logos, images, and web design coding is Copyright © 1995-2014 Graphic D-Signs. All rights reserved. The collection of all content and artwork on this site is the property of Graphic D-Signs and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All custom coding on this site is property of Graphic D-Signs or its software suppliers and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission is granted to electronically copy and to print in hard copy portions of this site for the purpose of placing an order with Graphic D-Signs. Any other use of materials on this website – including reproduction for purposes other than those permitted above, modification, distribution, republishing, transmission, display or performance – without the prior written permission of Graphic D-Signs is strictly prohibited. Graphic D-Signs, along with legions of our fans, actively searches the Internet for copyright infringements and will prosecute.
Graphic D-Signs prohibits the reproduction and/or redistribution of part or all of the following copyrighted and/or trademarked items:
Federal Copyright/Trademark Laws prohibit the distribution, reproduction, and/or public display of data that is copyrighted/trademarked without the written permission of the copyrighted/trademark owner. If it is discovered that any of the above copyrighted or trademarked items are being used without the written permission of Graphic D-Signs, Graphic D-Signs is prepared to prosecute to the fullest extent that the law permits. This includes fines, civil charges, lawyer fees, statutory damages, and/or criminal charges. The infringer IS NOT the only person who can be held responsible. Graphic D-Signs can prosecute the infringer, website owner, and the hosting company and/or search engines (e.g. Google®). Negligence towards intellectual property theft, federal and state copyright law and/or misdirection or misguidance brought about by or on behalf of a third party entity does not constitute reasonable grounds for infringement of these aforementioned copyrighted and trademarked materials and will be disregarded in the event Graphic D-Signs moves forward with legal action.
All visitors to this site agree that usage is at will and at your own risk. This site (including all content and functions made available or accessed through this site) is provided “as-is”. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Graphic D-Signs makes no representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever about the (1) accuracy, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement of any content published on or made available through this site, or (2) that the server that makes this site available free of viruses and other components that may infect, harm, or cause damage to your computer equipment or any other property when you access, browse, download from, or otherwise use this site. Under no circumstances, including but not limited to Graphic D-Signs’ negligence, shall Graphic D-Signs be liable for any consequential, incidental, indirect, punitive or special damages related to (A) the use of the site (B) the inability to use the site, or (C) errors or omissions in the content and functions of the site, even if Graphic D-Signs or any authorized representative thereof has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Graphic D-Signs and all of its agents, directors, employees, information providers, licensors and licensees, officers and affiliated organizations (collectively, “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against any and all liability and costs (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and costs), incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you of these terms or your foregoing representations, warranties or covenants. You agree to cooperate as fully as reasonably required in Graphic D-Signs’ defense of any claim. Graphic D-Signs reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you and you shall not in any event settle any matter without the written consent of Graphic D-Signs.
These terms and conditions and any additional terms posted on the site constitute the entire agreement between Graphic D-Signs and website visitors with respect to individual use of this site. If, for any reason, a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these terms, or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of this agreement, and the remainder of these terms shall continue in full force and effect.