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I recently used an online service to get my logo but it does

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I recently used an online service to get my logo but it does not come with the copyright. Can I apply for these and at what cost?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

What do you want to use it for?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have recently set up my own business (Dog walking & Pet sitting) and would like this to be my logo
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

OK thank you, ***** ***** it with me. I am in court for the remainder of today so will prepare my advice in a while and get back to you at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait here as you will receive an email when I have responded. Thank you.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Many thanks for your patience. When you used the services of a third party to create a logo, then they would own the copyright of that logo as they would have been the original creator and copyright would automatically belong to them. They could of course include a licence to transfer the copyright to you as part of the service and many would do so as there would be no point to create a logo for someone if they were not going to allow them to use it afterwards, but this is entirely down to them. So the only way to release the copyright to allow you to use the logo is to get the creators to transfer the copyright to you or to issue you with a licence allowing use of their copyrighted material. You will have to approach them directly for this and negotiate a fee for this to happen – there is no other way to get the copyright and to allow use of the copyrighted logo. The cost will depend on what you and the company agree on and the transfer of the copyright (or more likely the issue of a licence allowing use) can be done between you in a formal agreement which you can draft yourselves or get a copy from the internet or get a lawyer to do it for you, but probably not necessary to save costs.

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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Hello, do you need any further assistance or are you happy with the above response? Look forward to hearing from you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the reply Ben and apologies for my late reply. If they refuse to negotiate a fee for the copyright where do I stand with that? I suppose there is nothing I can do?
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, sadly no here is not much you can do – they have full right to retain copyright of the logo if they wanted to and not share it with anyone else – that is their legal prerogative. So you can only get copyright with their consent and no one can force them to grant you a copyright licence or a share of the copyright.

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