To assist you in evaluating one's intellectual property rights, Fiverr.com has summarized general copyright principles and frequently asked questions below. This summary is applicable to United States Copyright law only. Please consult local laws regarding copyright laws in other countries.
THIS SUMMARY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE AND YOU MUST CONSULT YOUR OWN ADVISORS BEFORE MAKING ANY CLAIMS AS TO ONE'S RIGHTS IN THE WORKS PRODUCED.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by applicable law to creators of original works. This mainly applies to the creative categories. The owner of the copyright usually has the exclusive right to use or distribute the work. Exclusive rights can include:
The right to reproduce (copy) or distribute the original work
The right to create derivative works based on the original work
The right to perform or display the work publicly
You do not need to formally register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office to retain intellectual property rights in your work in the United States. Federal registration of your copyrighted work, however, may give you additional legal tools to protect against copyright infringement (described below). For more information on copyrights, visit the U.S. Copyright Office website at http://copyright.gov.
What types of work are protected by copyright?
Audiovisual works (tv shows, online videos)
Visual content including paintings, posters, and advertisements
Dramatic works, including plays and musicals
So, what’s copyright infringement and how do I avoid it when selling my services?
Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without the rights holder's permission. Using copyrighted material is against our Terms of Service and in addition can be illegal, result in litigation or fines to you and your customers, and is not the original, unique work customers expect to receive from freelancers on Fiverr.
If you use any content that you have licensed from a 3rd party as part of your delivery (such as stock photos, licensed music), state it clearly and don't present it as your own. Also, be sure to verify that your license for 3rd party work includes suitable permission.
Since this is not a legal document and copyright law is complex, here are a few tips to help you stay out of trouble:
Always assume that work that is not your own is protected by federal copyright law unless you are able to reliably prove that it is not. This includes images or articles downloaded from the web, even if they are freely available.
- When you use work that is licensed - read the terms of the license. You may not have the ability to use licensed work, even if you paid for it. If your license covers use of the work, be careful to include information regarding the license in the use of the work.
Who owns the copyright?
On the Fiverr platform, customers are granted all rights for the delivered work, unless otherwise specified by the freelancer on their Gig page.
Can Fiverr determine copyright ownership?
No. As a global platform operating in 160 countries featuring 100% User Generated Content (UGC), Fiverr isn't able to mediate rights ownership disputes. Per our Terms of Service
and Intellectual Property Policy,
we promptly remove any content reported to be infringing subject to sufficient proof, and remove repeat infringers.
How do I report a claim of copyright infringement?
Visit our Intellectual Property Claims policy for complete information on reporting claims of copyright or intellectual infringement, as well as trademark violations.
Will the freelancer be committed to my business' NDA?
According to Fiverr's General Terms of Service, freelancers are obligated to treat any information received from the customers as confidential. For more information see the confidentiality section in Fiverr's General Terms of Service.