Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
needdesigns is here to help you buy and sell designs — legally. So, as you'd expect, we're committed to protecting designers' intellectual property rights, and providing contest holders with designs that they're legally entitled to use. We know you value copyright just as much as we do — after all, we're talking about your rights! — so we've put together these guidelines to make sure we all know where we stand.
You can report clear copyright violations via our contact form. If you spot a member who's used your content without your permission, you're welcome to private message that person and ask them to take down the content. But you must not post false, inaccurate, misleading, defamatory, or libellous content in a contest. Alleging an infringement of your copyright via a public comment in a contest discussion is defamation and will be dealt with appropriately. needdesigns can't make decisions about what constitutes a "derivative work" — that's not our bag. Of course we'll deal with cases of direct replication, but we can't do anything about allegations of copying, or a work being influenced by another work. We're hard at work on a reputation system that allows users to rate other users' behaviour, and originality will be a key component of that system.