Who owns what and when?

IN Contest

On GAEKON, designers agree to upload only original artwork, so each designer owns the rights to their design submissions. This is true until the client chooses one of the designs as the contest’s winner. Then, and only then, can the designer agree to transfer his or her rights to that particular design to the contest holder. The designer transfers their rights in the Design Handover stage, and once it’s done, the contest holder becomes owner of the rights to that design.