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I'm a freelance artist and recently produced some artwork

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Hi there
I'm a freelance artist and recently produced some artwork for a client to specific instructions. The artwork was for a card game. Unfortunately, he has recently received a letter from another card game manufacturer accusing him of copyright infringement. This company have pointed out that parts of my artwork produced for the game are similar to theirs. I just need to know how I fit into all this; I have no connection with the client's company other than having done the artwork. Can I be sued? (if it comes to that)
Thankyou for your time
Jon
Submitted: 26 days ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 26 days ago.

Hello Jon my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Do you have a contract with the client?

Customer: replied 26 days ago.
no, I contact him through a freelancing website
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 26 days ago.

Ok. Is it confusingly similar to the other design?

Customer: replied 26 days ago.
not really - I have attached the letter they sent to my client. However, that's not really my issue as I will be changing the artwork anyway and my client has already been seeking legal advice on this matter. What I really want to know is, as the artist can I be held responsible in any way for the copyright infringement, or does the responsibility lie solely with my client (as he is the owner of the company that produces the card game)?
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 26 days ago.

You cant be sued directly by the firm which says its been copied.

Your client can.

But then your client could counter sue you if it has been infringed.

That is why I asked if there was a contract, as you could have limited any liability.

So can you be sued directly - no.

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

If not, I would appreciate a 5 star rating for my answer. Thanks!

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Customer: replied 26 days ago.
That's great, thankyou for everything :)