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Welcome to the Canva Popular Music License Agreement (the “PMLA”)! Canva offers a library of Stock Music and Popular Music (together “Music”) to use in your Designs. This PMLA governs the use of Popular Music. If you use Popular Music in a Design, you agree to be bound by the terms of this PMLA, our Acceptable Use Policy(opens in a new tab or window), Privacy Policy(opens in a new tab or window) and Terms of Use(opens in a new tab or window). Defined terms used in this agreement have the meaning given in our Terms of Use.

1. The basics

By using Popular Music in a Canva Design, you're bound by this PMLA.

  1. If you don't agree to these terms, you can't use any Popular Music.
  2. Canva reserves the right to cancel or change the licenses granted by this agreement. We reserve the right to replace any Popular Music with an alternative.
  3. All Popular Music on Canva is protected by United States and international copyright. Canva and its licensors reserve all rights that aren’t explicitly given to you under this license. That includes all copyright and intellectual property rights.

2. Stock Music and Popular Music

"Stock Music" means the sound recordings which are:

  • free and available to all Canva users; or
  • paid and available for a one-time license fee (if you're a Free user) or as part of your valid Canva subscription (if you're a Canva Pro, Canva for Nonprofits, Canva for Teams or Canva for Education user).

Our Content License Agreement(opens in a new tab or window) applies to your use of Stock Music.


"Popular Music" means the sound recordings which are only available as part of your valid Canva subscription* - currently Canva Pro and Canva for Education).

This PMLA applies to your use of Popular Music.


*Canva for Teams and Canva for Nonprofits access to Popular Music is coming soon.

How do I know if I’m using Stock Music or Popular Music?

To determine the source (and which license applies), click the three dots in the right corner of the music track in the object panel on Canva, which will show a pop-up box with further information. If that pop-up box says:

3. Territory

You can use Popular Music if you live in the following territories: Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America and EU Economic Area (including only Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). If any territories listed in this section 3 become subject to trade embargoes or similar restrictions, they’ll be excluded from this list.

If you live in a country that’s not listed in this section 3, you’re not allowed to use Popular Music. Use of VPN or similar methods is not permitted.

Canva reserves the right to change the availability of Popular Music in any territory from time to time.

4. Permitted uses for Eligible Subscribers

If you’re a Canva Pro or Canva for Education user, Popular Music can be used for the purposes described in this section 4, subject in all cases to the General Restrictions (which are the restrictions that apply to ALL items of Popular Music).

  1. License granted. When you Publish a Design featuring Popular Music, Canva grants to you a perpetual, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable (subject to 6) license to use each Popular Music recording as a component of your Design, in accordance with the terms of this PMLA.
  2. Personal non-commercial use only. You’re only allowed to use Popular Music in your Designs for personal, non-commercial purposes. For example, personal presentations, videos, social media posts, and other similar digital/online personal Designs.
  3. Approved social media platforms. You can Publish your Design that features Popular Music on Canva (e.g. via a Canva view link), and the following social media platforms: Facebook (including Facebook Messenger), Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Canva and its licensors reserve the right to take steps to remove your Designs from any third party platform not approved by Canva.

5. Permitted use for Free Users

If you’re a Free user, Popular Music can be used for the limited purposes in this section 5, subject to the General Restrictions (which apply to all Popular Music).

  1. Preview only. You’ll have access to a thirty (30) second preview of each Popular Music recording.
  2. No a la carte license purchases. Unlike other Content on the Service, we don’t offer one-off licenses for Popular Music to Free users.

6. General restrictions

These General Restrictions apply to all users of Popular Music.

  1. No commercial use. You’re not permitted to use Popular Music in your Design for any commercial, promotional, endorsement, advertising or merchandising use. This means that you’re not permitted to use Popular Music (or the lyrics embodied in Popular Music) for any activities that involve or generate revenue, including:
  2. Advertising. Advertisements or commercials in paid channels, such as TV, cinema, radio, podcast or online ads (such banner ads or pre, mid and post roll ads within a YouTube video or other streaming services);
  3. Sponsored social content. Sponsored social media posts, influencer/creator partnerships designed for advertising or promotional purposes, or gifted content (e.g. unboxing);
  4. Paid streaming services ads. Advertisements on paid streaming platforms, such as subscription-based music or video streaming services;
  5. Synchronisation in TV, radio, podcasts, films or gaming. TV/SVOD, radio/podcasts, feature films, vignettes/theme songs, software applications or video games;
  6. Monetisation. You may not use Popular Music for monetisation in any manner, including without limitation on any social media platform or streaming platform.
  7. No standalone use. You may not download or use, or cause to be downloaded or used, any Popular Music on a standalone basis (i.e. just the Popular Music file itself). This includes without limitation enabling a person to access Popular Music in a digital format and download, export, extract, stream, share, distribute or reproduce that Popular Music on a standalone basis. This also includes making Popular Music available without being part of a Design or making Popular Music available in combination with just a still image (e.g. of the name of the artist and track) or with an image with only a simple panning motion or other limited animation or narrative, where the primary purpose is to make the recording (or part of it) available. You may not repackage Popular Music or upload or use it as audio samples, sound effects, music beds or upload it in any music recognition systems.
  8. Acceptable Use Policy. All use of Popular Music must be in accordance with Canva’s Acceptable Use Policy(opens in a new tab or window). This includes, without limitation, ensuring that your Designs containing Popular Music are not obscene, malicious, or discriminatory in any way, and do not contain hate speech or depict any graphic or gratuitous violence.
  9. No editing and remixing. You may not make remixes, samples or derivative works of Popular Music. You may not edit Popular Music in any way that would alter the fundamental character of any portion of the audio, or that would give you any copyright or other rights to the edited audio piece. For the avoidance of doubt, you may clip the length of any Popular Music track to suit your Design.
  10. No derogatory use. You may not use Popular Music in any manner that is intentionally derogatory, denigrating or offensive to or prejudicial to the reputation of Canva, record companies, publishing companies, musicians, song writers or the music industry.
  11. No objectionable use. You may not use Popular Music in any manner which Canva (or its suppliers) objects to on reasonable grounds, which Canva may provide notice of from time to time.
  12. Prohibited associations. You may not use Popular Music in association with any religious or political cause or candidate.
  13. Infringement of third party rights. You may not use Popular Music in a manner that violates or infringes the rights of a third party (including without limitation intellectual property, name, likeness, privacy or publicity rights). You may not use or display Popular Music in a manner that gives the impression that the Popular Music was created by you or a person other than the copyright holder of the Popular Music (including without limitation, by claiming ownership of, or exclusive rights to, the Popular Music).
  14. No trademark use. You may not use any Popular Music as part of a trademark, design mark, trade name, business name, service mark or similar mark or name which acts to indicate the origin source of products or services offered commercially.
  15. No machine learning/AI. You may not use Popular Music for any machine learning and/or artificial intelligence purposes, or for any technologies designed or intended for the identification of natural persons.
  16. Rights are non-transferrable. You may not sub-license, re-sell, rent, lend, assign, gift or otherwise transfer or distribute (a) the rights granted to you under the PMLA or (b) the Popular Music from a Design. It will not be a breach of this restriction if you share or upload your Design to an Approved Social Media Platform, provided that if the platform uses (or announces that it plans to use) the Popular Music for its own purpose or in a way that is contrary to this agreement, the rights granted for such use shall immediately terminate, and in that event, you agree to remove any Popular Music from such platform or website at Canva’s request.
  17. No graphical reproduction of lyrics. You may not graphically reproduce the lyrics from Popular Music in your Designs. This excludes the use of lyrics in Design templates provided by Canva.
  18. No use of album cover artwork. You may not use the album cover artwork provided by Canva, including without limitation the images in the thumbnail of each Popular Music recording, for any purpose.

You will not permit, encourage or assist any other person to do any of the above things.

7. Breach of this license and termination

  1. Monitoring for compliance. Canva may monitor your account to ensure compliance with the PMLA. This might include monitoring Publish events, retaining details of your Designs and tracking any abuse of your username and password.
  2. Violation of this license. If Canva, in its reasonable discretion, determines that you have breached the PMLA, Canva may terminate the license granted to you, or take such other action as outlined in section 14 of our Terms of Use. If your license to use a piece of Popular Music is terminated, you must immediately stop using the Popular Music and any Designs containing the Popular Music, destroy or delete all copies and archives of the Popular Music and any Designs containing the Popular Music or accompanying materials, and if requested, confirm to Canva in writing that you have complied with these requirements.
  3. Effect of termination. If your account is terminated for any reason, all rights granted to you by Canva in Popular Music and Designs are immediately terminated and you must immediately delete all Popular Music and Designs acquired from Canva.
  4. Termination of license by you. You can terminate the license granted by the PMLA by destroying the Popular Music and Design, along with any copies or archives of it or accompanying materials (if applicable), and no longer using the Design for any purpose.

8. Infringement claims

If you find out – from Canva or somewhere else – that there is (or there is likely to be) a claim of infringement of another’s right for which you or Canva might be liable, you must immediately stop using the affected Popular Music, at your own expense. This applies whether the claim is threatened, potential or actual. You must not make any admission or statement in response to any allegation or claim. You must inform Canva promptly by emailing copyright@canva.com(opens in a new tab or window) and provide evidence of the threatened, potential or actual infringement.

9. Disclaimers

  1. Canva does not grant any right or make any warranty for the use of names of people who create, perform, publish or own Popular Music. You are solely responsible for determining whether a release is required for any proposed use of names or people from Popular Music, and for obtaining any necessary release(s), license(s) or consent(s).
  2. You agree that all Popular Music is supplied to you without any warranties, expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranties of fitness for a particular purpose or merchantability. You agree that the Popular Music is supplied without any warranty that it is free of all bugs, errors, and omissions.
  3. You agree that in no event will Canva or its suppliers, including without limitation the licensor(s) of the Popular Music, will be liable to you or any other party for lost profits, lost data, or any other indirect, incidental or consequential damages, or for any punitive or special damages, even if you notified Canva and the suppliers of the Popular Music of the possibility of such damages. This does not exclude any warranties that you may be entitled to that are not able to be excluded under applicable consumer laws.

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