[Archive] Contributor Agreement

This Contributor Agreement is effective as of September 9, 2022. See previous versions of this and other policies in our Policy Archives(opens in a new tab or window).

Please read the terms and conditions of this Contributor Agreement (“Contributor Agreement”) carefully before contributing any Stock Media. This Contributor Agreement, which may be amended from time to time, outlines the rights you are granting to Canva in any Stock Media, and what uses Canva may make of the Stock Media.

Capitalized terms that are not defined in this Contributor Agreement have the meaning given them in our Terms of Use(opens in a new tab or window).

This Agreement hereby incorporates the terms of the following additional documents, including all future amendments or modifications thereto:

Here are the terms you are agreeing to when you contribute Stock Media to Canva.

There are a few other documents that may be applicable to your use of the Service. Here are the links to the other agreements that may be relevant.

1. Our Service

1.1 Our Service.

Canva operates an online design and media licensing service. You may choose to contribute to the Service, stock photographs, illustrations, fonts, templates and other media, along with any associated text, for license to other Users (“Stock Media”). Any User who contributes Stock Media to the Service (including any Canva Template Creator or Canva Element Creator who is a part of Canva's Creators Program) shall be referred to as a “Contributor". Contributors must be over the age of 18 years old (or the minimum legal age required in their country to enter into an agreement).

1.2 Contributor Guidelines.

You agree to follow Canva’s Contributor Quality Guidelines(opens in a new tab or window) and Review Quality Guidelines(opens in a new tab or window) (together, “Guidelines”), as updated from time to time. If Canva determines that Stock Media you contribute is not meeting the Guidelines, Canva may choose to pause your account, impose submission limits on your account, place a temporary hold on review of Stock Media from your account, and/or reject Stock Media in its sole discretion. The excessive submission of Stock Media that does not meet the Guidelines, or the submission of Stock Media Canva determines, in its sole discretion, to be fraudulent (including, but not limited to, submitting duplicates of the same content or resizing identical content) may result in the termination of your Canva Contributor account. You agree that you will not, nor will you solicit any third party to, download content you have contributed as Stock Media.

1.3 Treatment of Stock Media and Removal.

Canva has the right to refuse to accept any Stock Media for any reason or no reason. Canva has the right to remove any Stock Media from the Service at any time for any reason (including but not limited to our belief that your submission would or does subject us to legal action or if your Stock Media violates the terms of this Agreement or our Guidelines) or no reason. You have the right to remove any of your Stock Media from our Service at any time for any reason. Canva will use reasonable efforts to cause the Stock Media, including any additional versions such as Cut Outs (as defined below), to be removed from the Service and affiliated or partner websites within sixty (60) days of your deactivation of such Stock Media. However, you agree that any licenses issued by Canva in respect of any Stock Media that is removed from the Service will remain in full force and effect under the terms of that license. In addition, you also agree that Canva will be able to keep at least a thumbnail of any Stock Media that you removed indefinitely. In the event that Stock Media is deleted between the time when a User uses it in a Canva design and when that design is exported, you will earn royalties for the Stock Media even after it has been deleted. This is an uncommon, special circumstance. Deactivated content is not available for licensing to any User who hasn’t already included it in a design prior to the time it is removed.

Canva is all about sharing your content with other people so they can make awesome designs. The content you submit to Canva will become a part of that awesomeness.

Every work of art is a beautiful snowflake, but *we* get to say what content is appropriate for Canva. If you’d like to remove some of your content from Canva you’re free to so inform us, and we’ll take it off the Service.

2. Ownership, Releases and Your License Grant and Warranty

2.1 Ownership.

Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to transfer any copyright to Canva. The copyright in and to all Stock Media remains with the owner of such copyright. Any and all Stock Media submitted to the Service must be your own original work.

2.2 Model and Property Releases.

By submitting Stock Media to Canva, you agree to provide valid and accurate releases for all Stock Media you upload to Canva that, in our judgment, contains an identifiable face, identifiable person, other identifiable attribute, or property. If you do not have a release for the Stock Media that contains an image(s) of an identifiable person or property, Canva may choose to reject such content. You agree that you are solely responsible for retaining all original releases and maintaining complete and accurate release records for all Stock Media. Any applicable releases are required to be electronically submitted to Canva with the Stock Media. You acknowledge and agree that the submission of falsified, inaccurate or otherwise defective releases constitutes a material breach of this Agreement and can result in the immediate termination of your account without prior notice. You agree to inform the model, including in such releases, that:

(a) Canva will apply and publish descriptive labels (including via machine learning, data analytics and predictive analytics) in conjunction with Stock Media (including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and health information) in order to make them more easily searchable and for analytics purposes; and

(b) The Stock Media and labels may be publicly available worldwide and transferred to countries with different privacy laws where they may be stored, accessed and used under Canva's Privacy Policy(opens in a new tab or window).

2.3 License Grant.

By submitting any Stock Media to the Service, (excluding Templates, which are addressed in Section 4.1 below), you hereby grant Canva, a worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to copy, reproduce, create derivative works, publicly display, market, sublicense and sell any Stock Media uploaded by you and accepted by Canva, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Canva may also reproduce, display, transmit, broadcast and adapt any Stock Media to promote, advertise, use for educational purposes and otherwise market Canva, without additional compensation to you (except as otherwise agreed or as outlined in this Agreement). Marketing may include, but is not limited to, the use of Stock Media within the Service, and also social media and networking sites.

Canva shall have the right, but not the obligation, to license all Stock Media to its Users in accordance with our Content License Agreement(opens in a new tab or window) or any other license offered by Canva. This includes the right of Canva to license Stock Media to its users via a subscription model. The specific terms that will govern specific Stock Media will be determined by the license under which a particular User downloads such Stock Media. You also agree that Canva may grant or sublicence any rights granted under this Agreement to its service providers, related bodies corporate, or other third parties for use on any versions of the Canva service throughout the world.

You acknowledge and agree that Users may use Stock Media for the permitted uses under our Content License Agreement(opens in a new tab or window) or any other license offered by Canva and are under no obligation to inform Canva or you of the uses made of any Stock Media.

We claim no copyright in the content submitted to us by others.

In order for us to accept your Stock Media it has to have appropriate releases, which you can read about in our Guidelines.

By submitting Stock Media to Canva, you give us the right to grant licenses to others so they can use it.

2.4 Warranty.

You agree that you are solely responsible for all Stock Media that you make available on or through the Service. You represent and warrant that (1) you are either the sole and exclusive owner of all Stock Media or you have all rights, licences, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to us the rights in such Stock Media as contemplated in this Contributor Agreement; and (2) neither the Stock Media nor the posting, uploading, publication, sending or receiving of the Stock Media or our use of the Stock Media on, through or by means of the Service will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.

2.5 Metadata and data labeling

From time to time, Canva may apply or edit the metadata to Stock Media and Templates for the purposes of search and discoverability of the templates and/or the Canva library. This may include applying machine learning and predictive analytics to improve our service for users. This could include: components (e.g. background, eyes); labeling raw individual data (e.g. “man with dog”); detecting content prohibited by our Terms of Use for moderation and security purposes (e.g. pornographic or copyright-protected material); and translating audio soundtracks. By submitting Stock Media and Templates to Canva you agree that your content may be used by Canva for this purpose.

2.6 Attribution

Canva will always attribute you as the author of your Stock Media in the Canva library. You acknowledge and agree that Users are not required to attribute you as the author of your Stock Media when using Stock Media in their designs. You agree to waive (or where a waiver is not possible, you agree not to enforce against Canva or our Users) any moral rights you have in respect of your Stock Media.

3. Cut Outs and Canva’s Proprietary Rights

3.1 Cut Out Photos Overview.

Additional versions of certain Stock Media that are ‘cut out’ so the background is transparent and the resulting file is in PNG format (“Cut Out(s)”) are also available on the Service. Canva will store and sell licenses for both the originally submitted Stock Media file and the Cut Out version. You will always receive appropriate royalties for license sales for all versions of your Stock Media, though Canva reserves the right to charge a premium (which is NOT included in royalty calculations) for the Canva-created Cut Out (as defined below).

3.2 Canva-created Cut Outs.

Canva may, in its sole discretion, create a Cut Out as an additional version of Stock Media (“Canva-created Cut Out”). Any Canva-created Cut Out of your Stock Media will be created at no cost to you. However, you will have no right to use, sell, distribute, modify, or create derivative works of any Canva-created Cut Outs in any way. Canva will offer Canva-created Cut Outs for license only while the underlying original Stock Media remains available for license on Canva. You understand that Canva is under no obligation to perform the cut-out process and any Canva-created Cut Out will be made at Canva’s sole discretion.

3.3 Contributor-created Cut-Outs.

You are welcome to submit your own Cut Outs, along with the original Stock Media in accordance with Canva’s Contributor Quality Guidelines(opens in a new tab or window). Canva will review both the original Stock Media and the Cut-Out version. A file may be rejected, at Canva’s sole discretion, for the content of the Stock Media and/or the quality of the Cut Out. You remain the owner of all Intellectual Property Rights, including without limitation copyrights, in and to all Cut Outs you submit to the Service.

Part of what makes Canva wonderful to design with is that most items in our media library will be cut out, so that the background is transparent.

We may choose to cut out some of your images, or we may choose not to do so. If we do, you don’t get to download or use the cutout version. If you deactivate the original image, the cutout gets deactivated too.

If you cut out your own photos (which we’d love you to do!) we’ll review both the original image and the cutout independently.

4. Templates

4.1 Publishing

You are welcome to submit your Templates to be made publicly available to other Users. You must publish Templates to the Canva library through the Services in accordance with any applicable content guidelines which will be incorporated into your agreement with Canva. Canva will review submissions of Templates and may choose to not promote them, or take other such action at Canva’s sole discretion. If your Template is accepted by Canva, you agree that the Template (including elements contained within it) will be licensed in accordance with clause 2.3 above, except that the license in respect of the Template will be on an exclusive basis for a period of 3 years from the date of submission of the particular Template, during which time the design cannot be submitted, featured or otherwise accessible via a competing online graphic design platform, where the user will be taken to a different design platform to use that design. You acknowledge and agree that elements, such as vectors, contained within Templates submitted by you will be from the Canva library and in the event that they are not, you agree to submit them as a free element to Canva, where you have not submitted them as Pro elements.

4.2 Profile

Canva may create a collection of each Templates, where Users can browse Templates created and publish results by a reference to specific Contributors.

4.3 Royalties

You may choose whether to submit Templates on a free or a paid basis to Users. Contributors will be eligible to receive a payment from a royalty in accordance with section 5.1 and subject to the applicable royalty rates set forth on the Royalties Page(opens in a new tab or window), which may vary based on usage and at the discretion of Canva.

5. Payment Amounts and Payment Terms

5.1 Royalties

Canva will pay you a royalty for each unique, de-duplicated license issued for your Stock Media, which Users can obtain by either (a) purchasing a license; or (b) holding an eligible Canva subscription. The current royalty rates are set forth on the Royalties Page(opens in a new tab or window). Canva may suspend payment or modify the royalty rate and/or payment schedule at any time. If Canva does modify the royalty rate, royalties earned before the effective change in rates will be credited at the rate in effect at the time such royalties were earned. You may also choose to not receive payment for Stock Media by marking the appropriate box during submission, in which case that particular Stock Media will be available for free to Users.

5.2 Payment

Payment of royalties is made automatically each month, via Canva's nominated payment processing method, when the previous month's balance is above $10. The $10 threshold for royalty payouts cannot be modified. Contributors voluntarily closing their accounts may request payment of all outstanding royalties. If your account is canceled for a breach of this Agreement, any royalties and/or other compensation otherwise payable to you hereunder will be forfeited by you. If you receive your payments through an online payment processing service, you'll also need to comply with their terms and conditions in order to receive payments.

5.3 Refunds

If you are credited with a license sale or license sales and Canva thereafter issues a refund to a User that licensed any of your Stock Media, Canva will have the right to deduct royalties credited to your account and/or allocated to such refunded subscriptions. Credit card chargebacks will be treated in the same manner as refunded license purchases. If Canva makes an overpayment of royalties or other compensation to you for any reason, Canva shall have the right to deduct the amount of such overpayment from your accrued royalties or to demand the immediate repayment of such overpaid royalties or other compensation.

5.4 Withholding tax

Canva will withhold a percentage of Contributor’s royalties and submit the withholdings to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The rate of withholding taxes is typically up to 30% but will depend on the country where Contributor is registered and whether or not an applicable tax treaty exists between Australia and Contributor’s country of registration. Upon Contributor’s request, Canva will provide a summary of tax collected by Canva at the end of the Australian financial year, June 30th, which Contributors may use to submit a claim for a credit for the withheld tax from its own country’s tax authorities.

Canva is not responsible for payment of any taxes imposed on the royalties paid to the Contributors in the relevant Contributor’s jurisdiction. You shall be solely responsible for calculation and payment of such taxes. The royalties paid by Canva under this Contributor Agreement shall not be increased by any such taxes.

You’ll get a royalty each time someone licenses your Stock Media. The exact amount of that royalty can change as we discover the best way to run our service.

You can also choose to make your Stock Media free. In some circumstances, we may also choose, but are not obligated, to pay you royalties for Stock Media you have designated as free.

We’ll send a monthly payment whenever your earnings get over the $10 threshold. If your account is canceled for a violation of this agreement, your royalties will be forfeited.

If someone asks for a refund or their credit card transaction gets reversed, then we may reclaim that particular royalty.