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Elance Protection: Dead-Bolting The Door To Your Intellectual Property and Copyright Protection.

Here at Elance we realize how important your best ideas and copyrighted materials are to your business.

In a nutshell, to gain a competitive advantage, it’s critical that you protect your intellectual property from others in your space. And that’s why Elance is dead-set on making sure your great ideas remain right where they belong: Safely in your possession.

Whether it’s a game-changing product you’re creating, the logo for a new service you plan to unleash on the world, or whatever is going to distance you from the others, your Intellectual Property and copyrighted materials are what separate you from the masses. Here are some of the things we’re doing on our end to help ensure that your best ideas remain exclusively with you.

1. Our no-nonsense Terms of Service.

First, all Elancers agree to our Terms of Service when they register. These rules are the foundation for staying protected on the platform. Then, after your job is accepted, you’re further protected by Elance’s default Independent Contractor Services Agreement. This goes even deeper to stipulate your rights to ownership of intellectual property.

If you have supplementary terms you’d like to add to this agreement, you can upload an additional terms document to your projects Terms & Milestones page. Naturally, your freelancer will be required to agree to this as part of the project’s terms.

2. Our Non-Disclosure Agreement documents.

In situations when you need to disclose confidential information before your job can be accepted, you can request that your potential candidate accept a non-disclosure agreement.

In fact, as part of our service, Elance offers you a variety of binding contracts in our Help Center. Simply download a contract and personalize it with your specific information (each is a Word documents, making these sample contract easy to customize). You’ll find many sample contracts – from a variety of Non-Disclosure Agreements and Client/Freelancer Agreements to an Engagement Letter.

3. Our due diligence in screening freelancers.

Elance knows that transparency is key to building long-term, trusting relationships. With that in mind we work hard to make sure you know for sure who you’re hiring. We verify each freelancer’s email address, phone number and geographical location. For U.S.-based freelancers we also confirm W-9 and Tax ID information.

4. Our commitment to fostering online reputations.

Another way we protect your intellectual property is through Elance’s platform that’s based on reputation. Freelancers know that to earn jobs they’ll need to perform well. By looking at each freelancer’s Profile page you’ll see Ratings and Reviews from previous clients, as well as their job history. You’ll also see each freelancer’s Level. This is a ranking we apply, based on a number of factors (including size of jobs and number of repeat hirings). By reviewing all this material and speaking to the freelancer, you’ll get a good idea of their commitment to partnering with you.

From Fortune 500 companies to red-hot startups, businesses trust Elance.

Again, in the business world, ideas are king. Ditto for copyrights.

And perhaps the best testament to how we protect your private information and copyrighted materials is the list of companies who return to Elance again and again. Businesses of all sizes realize that our freelancers are here to support you with the same passion and commitment of your full-time staffers. Probably more so, because they know that every job is another test to earn more opportunities to work with you.

To learn other ways Elance works to keep you safe, check out or blog post on Elance Security. Read what we’re doing to safeguard everything from your Workrooms to your money.


Security and intellectual property rights are very important things.
I believe it can help filter the best professionals, contributing to everything to be better.

Good and nice post.......

Thanks & regards

Where can I find historical Terms for the Independent Contractor Services Agreement specifically from 2007?

I don't think you are taking the copyright matter in a professional way and you don't monitor your freelancers in the right way.
It looks like anyone can subscribe to your site using a fake portfolio.

This user: https://www.elance.com/s/julianarts/
is stealing most of his/her portfolio from our site www.logoarena.com.

Many designers who created those logos already filled a report to your site, with no success.
We are wondering what else we should do before you take a serious action on this user.

We also also wondering how you can offer a professional product to your customers if you accept anyone as freelancer.

Kind regards,
Massimo Perini
Webmaster LogoArena.com