Designers own all rights to their contest entries on this site, and can withdraw them at anytime unless they have won and contest and been paid for it.
Copyright ownership is only transferred to the Contest Holder when the contest has been paid for.
Designers are responsible for making sure their entries are significantly different from existing entries in a contest.
Any concept or idea mentioned in the contest Brief is fair game for all Designers. The exception is if the contest holder has updated the brief based on an individual Designer's concept, which is against the Client Code of Conduct.
Obvious concepts are considered fair game for all Designers, examples might include: a dog & cat for a pet hospital, shopping bag for an e-commerce company, a tooth for a dentist, initials for a lawyer, etc.
Suspected Copyright Infringement
If you suspect your work has been clearly plagiarized please send the offending designer a private message to deal with the issue directly. Alternately, you could post a message in the Designer Resolutions forum to get some opinions from other designers. For most of you we do not have to mention this, but please be polite. LogoTournament Designers are very friendly, and we want to keep it this way! Understand that similarities can be unintentional.
If you do not receive a response within 1 business day, or you are unable to reach an agreement with the designer, then you have the option of filing a case through Logo Court which qualified designers will vote on.