If you design printables, print on demand products, or create digital art, you may have questions about commercial use dos and don’ts, so today, we’re going to get into Creative Fabrica’s licensing terms. I’ll also address these questions regarding some of the other sites offering digital elements, so stay tuned for that.
Some of the common questions when it comes to commercial use licensing are:
- How do you know if you’re using your digital art elements properly?
- Will you get in trouble if you create a print-on-demand (pod) product using one of their free fonts?
- Does commercial use involve any specific limitations?
These are great questions and you deserve answers – so that’s what I’m offering you in this post.
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I get that and, of course, I want you to be armed with the knowledge you’ll need to create your stunning graphics in a way that’ll leave you feeling good about how you’re using these tools.
So in this post, I’m walking you through Creative Fabrica’s licensing terms step by step.
Creative Fabrica’s Licensing Terms ExplainedAs a creator, you may have heard about Creative Fabrica, a platform that provides commercial-use fonts and graphics. They have single-sales and subscription-based assets, along with an impressive library of FREEBIES as well. #fonts #graphicsClick To Tweet
And yes, I talk about it a lot in my YouTube videos as well.
Following those terms is essential. Doing otherwise might put you into complicated situations which you want to avoid at all costs.
Let’s have a look at those terms in an easy-to-understand way.
Single Sales License
Rather than talking about everything you’re allowed to do; because you’re literally allowed to use Creative Fabrica’s assets for any of your creative works, let’s have a look at the things you’re not allowed to do.
Creative Fabrica Don’ts
- You can never take an asset from Creative Fabrica and distribute it as your own creation. That’s a big no-no.
- Never try to be clever and convert them to other formats — and then try to sell them. Creative Fabrica’s licensing terms clearly forbid that.
- Don’t download Creative Fabrica’s assets and use them on other platforms IF this means other people will be able to download them for themselves. You CAN, however, use them on sites like Canva, etc to create designs.
- When it comes to physical products, you don’t have the right to provide digital copies of the assets you get from Creative Fabrica. However, you’re allowed to use them on your physical products’ designs.
- You’re not allowed to make minor changes to CF’s assets and try to sell them as new products.
- Never try to make some changes to an asset and try to compete with Creative Fabrica.
- Make sure your clients or audience can’t extract an asset from any of your end products. It can give people free access to those assets — which is, of course — forbidden.
- You can’t combine multiple assets from Creative Fabrica and try to sell it as a new product. There must be some creativity of yourself in it.
- It’s forbidden to upload any asset like font or pattern files to a POD site. Moreover, you can’t upload any files to a site where users could easily download them.
You can take a quick look at their general terms in the image below. Visit Creative Fabrica’s Single Sales Licensing Terms to get a better idea of what’s cool and what isn’t.
Subscription license terms are very similar to the single sales license, with the difference being that when you purchase a subscription, you are allowed to use assets during the time you’re subscribed, but not if you cancel.
You’re allowed to download freebies and enjoy them in your creations. What you’re not allowed to do is to try to sell or distribute CF’s assets in any way. I’d suggest you go through the full terms list if you’re a subscription user.
Here’s a quick screenshot of Creative Fabrica’s Subscription Licensing rules, along with a link to their full terms and conditions.
I also created a video walkthrough explaining the subscription licensing terms in more detail. Check it out.
If you want to do something unique (something that’s not mentioned in the terms) with the designs, it’s a great idea to get in touch with the designer. And hey, you never know. You might end up building a great relationship with them.
Creative Fabrica’s Licensing Terms In a Nutshell
For the most part, you can use Creative Fabrica’s design assets in a multitude of creative ways for your print-on-demand products, digital art designs, social media marketing, etc. It really comes down to a few key restrictions:
- Unless specified in the terms and conditions, create new designs out of your new assets. Don’t just download a graphic as is and try to sell that as a printable wall design.
- Don’t make it easy for anyone to download or get a hold of the assets through any 3rd party platform.
- Do not create new product bundles out of the assets you’ve purchased for yourself.
Be creative, use your imagination and if you have questions, reach out to the designers themselves or contact Creative Fabrica through their online chat feature or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you find this article helpful. If you did, be sure to check out other topics in the blog, along with my YouTube channel.
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