Contributor Agreement

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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. You can always find the most recent version of our Contributor Agreement here:

Capitalized terms that are not defined in this Contributor Agreement have the meaning given them in our Terms of Use.

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

1. Our Service

1.1 Our Service.

Canva operates an online design and media licensing service. Our Users pay a fee to license content from the Service. You acknowledge and agree that Users may make broad use of such downloaded content for the stated fee and are under no obligation to inform Canva or you of the uses made of any submitted content.

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 in exchange for royalties (“Stock Media”). Any User who contributes Stock Media to the Service shall be referred to as a “Contributor.”

1.2 Contributor Guidelines.

You agree to follow Canva’s Contributor Guidelines. Canva may choose to impose submission limits on accounts with an acceptance rate that falls below the minimum thresholds listed on the Contributor Guidelines or reject Stock Media in its sole discretion. The excessive submission of content that does not adhere to Canva’s guidelines may result in the termination of your Canva contributor account. You agree that you will not, and will not 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 Contributor 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.

2. Ownership, Releases and Your License Grant

2.1 Ownership.

Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed to transfer any copyrights to Canva. The copyrights in and to all Stock Media remains with the owner of such copyrights. 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 non-editorial 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 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 User Content 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.

2.3 License Grant.

By submitting any Stock Media to the Service, 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. In addition, Canva shall have the right, but not the obligation, to license all Stock Media to its Users in accordance with our One Design Use License, Multi Use License and/or Extended Licenses, or any other license offered by Canva. Canva may also elect to license all Stock Media to its users via a subscription model, including but not limited to ‘Photos Unlimited’. 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.

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 Guidelines. 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.

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 Template cannot be submitted, featured or otherwise accessible via a competing online graphic design platform.

YouThe Contributor agrees that such templates will adhere to any content guidelines and otherwise be licensed in accordance with this Agreement.

4.2 Profiles

Canva may create a collection of each Contributor’s User Templates, where Users can browse User Templates created and publish by a specific Contributor.

4.3 Free Templates

From time to time, Canva may offer User Templates for free to Users. Contributors will not receive a royalty for User Templates that are made available for use and/or download free of charge

4.4 Metadata

From time to time, Canva may apply or edit the metadata to User Templates on the templates marketplace for the purposes of search and discoverability of the templates and/or the templates marketplace.

5. Payment Amounts and Payment Terms


Canva will pay you a royalty for each unique license purchase of your Stock Media for which Canva receives payment. The current royalty rates are set forth on the Royalty Schedule. Canva may 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 if used in a personal and/or commercial work by a member by marking the appropriate box during submission, in which case that particular Stock Media will be available for free to a Canva member. Paid members may download a Stock Media subject to the limitations of their individual licensing terms.


Payment of royalties is made automatically each month when the balance is above your chosen threshold (minimum $3). Payments above $100 are sent without cost to you. Payouts under $100 incur a $2 processing fee. Contributors voluntarily closing their accounts may request payment of all outstanding royalties. Where this amount is under $100, the usual processing fee will apply. If your account is cancelled for a breach of this Agreement, any royalties and/or other compensation otherwise payable to you hereunder will be forfeited by you.


If you are credited with a license sale or license sales and Canva thereafter issues a refund to an individual or member that licensed any of your Contributor Content, 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.


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.