Recently, we have had 3 cases where we discovered someone was selling copied icons as if they were theirs. The icons were not stolen, but copied line by line, shape by shape, concept by concept, systematically. This falls into the second category of copyright infringement in our policy, called Plagiarism: https://support.iconfinder.com/en/articles/18197-policy-towards-copyright-infringing-material
It strikes us to see how a practice like this one is common for designers that have a large number of icons on their Iconfinder shop, which makes them risk a good source of income by plagiarising.
We had to, of course, close those designers' shops, but what was most surprising was their response, which was always something along these lines:
"A junior designer from my team did this. I had no idea."
With this post here, we would like to raise awareness over two things:
- Plagiarising is unacceptable. Please stay original and try your best.
- You are responsible for your icon shop and all the icons you sell on Iconfinder. If someone designs icons in your name, it is your infringement if the icons were copies.
We hope to see less of these cases in the future.