I'm a web developer for a small startup working with a team of about 8. Since I am considered a developer, I am typically discouraged from doing design work so I can focus on more technical issues. That said, I do have a strong background in design and, more importantly, can do a reverse image search.
One of our designers has been building a lot of logos lately and I started getting suspicious when they couldn't provide me with the raw vectors for their work. After doing a reverse image search, I discovered that the logo was blatantly copied from a major stock image site, but the colors had been changed. I did the same thing with most of their past logos, and sure enough they had all been copied with minor changes. Definitely still recognizable as the original image.
I brought this issue up with management, mentioning how this could lead to legal issues and it reflects poorly on my own work (since I am ultimately responsible for the web site). They said they would address the issue, but it's been 2 weeks and the issue has only gotten worse.
Given this situation, I have a couple questions:
- What is the best way to address this issue with either management or the designer themselves.
- Is there any way I can be held liable for these images?
- Is it ethically sound to continue working for a company that feels comfortable stealing content?
EDIT: Just to clarify, I know that the licenses have not been properly purchased because I manage the certificates for our website. Any licenses would have to go through me for approval.