Plagiarism in logo design contests

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Think all logos submitted to logo design contests are original?

You should probably think again. You can view plagiarism on design contest platforms as their “dirty little secret” – operators don’t like to admit it, but in the face of overwhelming evidence that it occurs, the canned response is usually along the lines of “it’s rare, but it does happen.” It does happen. But it isn’t rare. Here’s how plagiarism is handled in design contests:

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This was originally part of a thinking about running a logo design contest article, but was too large for an already image-heavy piece. Also used in a PDF spec work ebook that you can download at the link.