We recently updated our design policy. Our new policy gives designers full control over their work. They have the freedom to reuse part (or all) of their startpage design in other works and on other websites.
Our old policy stated that “No portion of [a] design may be reused on any other site or publication without written permission from AwesomeStart.com”. This was originally meant to be a blanket statement that saved us the trouble of hammering out more specific details regarding usage. We had always intended to change it, but at the time our lazy design editor thought it would make due.
After several years of accepting submissions, we’ve relaxed our enforcement of that policy to the point where it was really meaningless. When faced with the decision of enforcement, it always made more sense to side with the artist. The designer made the themes, they should get to decide if they want to use that material anywhere else.
Now that most of our search code update is done, we’re back to uploading new themes. We thought this would be the perfect time to revise the submission policy to include stronger artists rights. Under the new policy we keep doing what we’ve always done, but the designers retain the rights to continue using their own work.
We think everyone will be pleased with the changes. We encourage you to try submitting a design! You can read the new policy and guidelines over here.