An interior designer includes in all her proposals a clause that states the following:

"You represent that materials supplied by you to the designer are free from copyright and other restrictions or that you have written permission to use them. You further agree to protect, indemnify, and hold the designer harmless against any claims involving copyright, trademark, or patent-related materials submitted by you."

What purpose does this clause serve?

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The point of this clause is to protect the interior designer from two things.  First, it is to protect her from being sued for copyright infringement.  Second, it is to protect her from having to do all the legwork involved in determining what copyright restrictions may apply to the materials...

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The point of this clause is to protect the interior designer from two things.  First, it is to protect her from being sued for copyright infringement.  Second, it is to protect her from having to do all the legwork involved in determining what copyright restrictions may apply to the materials that the client is giving her.

When the designer is hired, she needs to try to please the client.  This means that she needs to do what the client wants to the greatest degree possible.  At the same time, however, she needs to avoid breaking the law.  This clause helps with this.  It assures her that the client will get what they want because the client is supplying the materials.  At the same time, it makes sure that she will not be liable in the event that the materials are not legally usable. 

Furthermore, the clause helps to save the designer a great deal of time.  If the designer were to have to check up on the copyright status of each of the materials provided to her by the client, she would have to put in a lot of time and effort.  This would eat badly into her profits for the job.  Therefore, the clause is important because it helps to allow her to remain profitable.

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