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Here is a plain English summary of our Free Media License Agreement. Please read the full license for more details.
Note: Check the image, music or video source. If the content comes from Pixabay please refer to the Pixabay License; if the content comes from Pexels, please refer to the Pexels License. All other free images, music and video files within Canva are covered by the license outlined on this page.
Respect the hard work of the photographers and keep these restrictions in mind.
When you download content from Canva under a Free Media License, you agree to the following terms.
This Free Media License Agreement governs the terms by which Users of Canva obtain the right to use Stock Media provided on the Canva platform.
Please note that a Canva Design that contains Stock Media licensed under the One Design Use License, Royalty Free License or other Free Media License may only be used in compliance with such License Agreement even if other Stock Media in the Canva Design has been licensed under the Free Media License Agreement. To obtain the right to use any Canva Design pursuant to the Free Media License Agreement, you must license all the Stock Media in your Design under the Free Media License.
Your failure to comply with the terms herein could result in legal proceedings and the immediate termination of your account.
Under the Free Media License, you can use Stock Media in more than one of your Canva Designs and also in designs outside Canva.
We’ll keep track of your designs and your account to make sure you’re not breaking this agreement. If you *do* break it, we’ll close your account.
Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, we hereby grant to you a perpetual, non-exclusive, non-transferable (subject to section 3B below) worldwide license to use the Free Stock Media for Permitted Uses (as defined below). Unless the activity or use is a Permitted Use, you cannot do it. All other rights in and to the Stock Media, including, without limitation, all copyright and other Intellectual Property Rights relating to the Free Stock Media, are retained by Canva and/or its Contributors as the case may be (unless otherwise indicated).
We are granting you a license anywhere we can (even the Arctic Circle, bears!), but you’re not the only one we can give it to and you can’t give it to anyone else.
Subject to the restrictions described under Prohibited Uses below, the following are “Permitted Uses” of Canva designs that contain Free Stock Media:
In the event that you create a derivative work based on or incorporating the FreeStock Media, all rights in and to such Free Stock Media shall continue to be owned by Canva or its Contributor(s) (unless in the public domain), subject to your rights to use such Stock Media pursuant to the terms and limitations set forth herein.
All other rights in the Free Stock Media are expressly reserved by Canva for itself and its Contributors.
You may transfer a Canva Design containing Free Stock Media to a client for the client’s own use, subject to the following terms:
For the avoidance of doubt this clause does not entitle you to transfer or sub-license Stock Media to your client for use outside of a Canva Design or on a standalone basis.
These are the things this license permits you to do with Canva designs that contain Stock Media.
You may not do anything with the Stock Media that is not expressly permitted in the preceding section. For greater certainty, the following are “Prohibited Uses” and you may not:
Definitely, definitely, definitely can’t do these things with any Stock Media on Canva, no matter which license you buy.
If you want to end this agreement you don’t have to get Arnold Schwarzenegger involved. Just shred any printed copies of the design and delete any files related to the design.
We can change this license whenever we want.
If anyone takes legal action over any Stock Media you are using, you must stop using the Stock Media, delete or remove the Stock Media, and let us know about it.