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Under our User Agreement, the Creative who submits their work to a project on crowdSPRING at all times owns the intellectual property rights to their original work. Of course, if their work (such as a website design) includes work of third parties (such as stock photography), those third parties would retain ownership to their own work.
Once a Buyer selects their favorite work by "awarding" the project to a Creative (or to several Creatives when there are multiple awards), the Buyer and Creative(s) go through project Wrap Up and after the Buyer approves the final deliverables, we pay the Creative and the rights to that work transfer to the Buyer under a written contract.
The terms of the written contract for the project are published in the Details tab of every project and are available for everyone to review before they decide whether to participate in a project.
The intellectual property does not transfer to a Buyer until the winning Creative is paid. Those Creatives whose work is not selected continue to own full rights to their work, and we make it very clear to Buyers (in the User Agreement and in the specific project contract) that they cannot simply modify the work of another person and use it - they acquire full rights only to the work they've selected and only after the Creative is paid.
Last updated: 29-Oct-10 11:47 p.m. GMT