Logo Court is a resolution system that aims to resolve Designer disputes through a community vote. Only qualified and experienced members of the community are able to participate. If a designer loses a case, all their entries will be removed and they will no longer be able to participate in that particular contest. Upon request our Administrators will review cases that designers or contest holders feel are unfair.
Qualified and Randomized Jury
Designers who have won at least 10 contests and have less than 50 violation points will be able to vote. To avoid voting blocks jurors are selected at random in timed intervals once the case starts.
Supermajority for removal
For a designer to be removed from a contest we require a supermajority vote for removal. If a designer is going to be removed from a contest we want the bulk of designers to have a degree of certainty. We feel that a supermajority is a middle road between the ridgid requirements of a unanimous decision and the uncertainty of a simple majority vote.
Logo Court Guidelines
If a Designer submits an image that contains elements that are obvious or potential violations of the copyrights of another company a Logo Court may be started to remove such designs so as to protect the designer and the community. A logo court may also be started if their image violates the terms of the site.
If you feel your concept or design has been copied
If you are contacted to remove your design
If you are in a Logo Court
If you lose a Logo Court decision
How to make a good case
- Is the design truly similar?
- What exactly is too similar? Explain in clear language.
- Are you defending a concept / idea?
- Are you defending a method of design?
- Are you defending both? (there is a distinct difference between "concept" and "design").
- Are you defending font(s)? Common fonts for certain kinds of companies are not protected unless there is editing of the fonts in some unique manner.
- Were you ranked high or #1 and feel the designer copied your design (follow the leader)? Was there a significant change in the direction of the offending designer?
- Are you defending layout? Common layouts are rarely supported as unique.
- Are you defending color? Colors are rarely supported as unique.
- Have you reviewed the brief to ensure no comments from the brief indicate a client's preference?
- Is your own concept or design "obvious"? Have you used a search engine to type key words along with "logo" to see if common logos are displayed? If they are displayed then your concept or design idea may not be supported.
Fellow designers will want to know your clear answers to these questions in order to make the best decision.