I am a Digital Design student, but I do some freelance work on the side for friends and family. During a family gathering, my uncle approached me:
Client: I need a logo for my new company. Can you do that?
Me: I’d be happy to!
A few days later he emailed me with the specs for the project, along with an attached file of an art piece of a lion.
Client: I want this to be the basis for the logo. Photoshop these parts and add some text, but keep the logo intact.
The art piece was very highly detailed and had the artist’s information on the bottom along with a link to their deviant art page (in a section I was supposed to delete, obviously). I highly doubted my uncle got permission to use the piece, so I went to the artist’s page and found it very clearly stated; “NOT AVAILABLE FOR REUSE OR EDITING OF ANY KIND.”
Me: I looked up the piece and it’s clear you didn’t get permission to use it. If we go forward with this, we could both get in legal trouble. If you want, though, I can do something similar but different myself.
I sent that email weeks ago. He hasn’t contacted me again.
Thanksgiving might be awkward.