All about copyright and trademarks

Copyright and trademark laws protect you, your models, owners of your subjects, and our users. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these laws to make sure you’re not violating anyone’s rights.

Let’s tackle these below:

01. Copyright

Copyright gives makers exclusive rights to their photos, illustrations, books, furniture, and other artworks. This means that if someone copies your designs, they can be held liable for copyright infringement. It doesn’t, however, protect ideas.

Copyright laws do vary by country, so be sure to check out yours if you have to.

Because of copyright laws, users or other contributors cannot display, reproduce, distribute, or financially benefit from your images, but they can be licensed to do so to a limit—which depends on the type of license they select.

Likewise, these laws mean you cannot copy or create substantially similar designs made by other artists–whether or not they are Canva contributors.

02. Trademark

Trademarks, on the other hand, give companies and individuals exclusive rights to legally registered symbols, colors, graphics, design, and/or words that make their brand, products, and services identifiable only to them. Some examples are Tiffany & Co.’s Tiffany Blue (robin’s egg blue) color trademark or Apple’s bitten apple logo.

Trademark laws also vary by country, but we don’t accept images showing any trademarks, so they should be avoided or removed post process.

In the same manner we commit to making sure your rights are protected — never allowing contributors to copy each others work or users to use your images without a license — we expect our contributors to abide by these laws and only submit original works.

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