Image copyright can be tricky. You find an image on the internet and may think there is no harm in uploading and cutting that on your Cricut. Actually, you can be committing copyright infringement. So, how do you know which files you can actually use and which are off-limits? Here is a guide to help you understand how to navigate the world of online copyright. We are covering the basics of image and SVG licensing so you know how to protect yourself and your business.
Please note that I am not a lawyer and this post should not be used in the place of legal advice.
Who Owns an Image?
Images are owned by whoever created them. Whether that is a photographer who took a picture or an artist who drew a picture. Sometimes, however, those copyright owners offer up a license to use their work. This license can be free or something you need to pay for. Follow along below as we talk about the different types of licenses and what they mean.
Why is Copyright Important?
If it is discovered that you are using an image, the copyright owner can then invoice or even sue you for damages. At that point, you have little to no negotiation room. You basically have to pay whatever they ask for. In this digital world, it is actually really simple to look for offending images with a reverse image search. This makes it easy to get caught using images incorrectly. Do not let this be you! Read on to see the proper use of images according to their license.
Know the Difference Between These Image Licenses
This is an image labeled for Creative Commons. Meaning it is free to use personally or for commercial use. You will need to find the source of an image to see if it has a CC0 license. A few great sources for this type of image are Pixabay, Unsplash, and Pexels. You can download free images here and upload them to your Cricut machine with no issue.
If this type of license is with a file, it means that you can use the file for creating things for yourself or to give as gifts. Once you start using images to make things that you sell, you will need a commercial license. For instance, the free SVG files that I offer here fall under a personal license. Please remember that these licenses are not transferable. You can’t download some SVG files and pass them along to a friend. You can, however, give your friend the link where you found them and have her download her own copy where she will get her own license to use the files.
This license allows you to make things and sell those items with the file. Most likely you will need to purchase these but they are occasionally free. Please note the terms of a commercial license. They are often issued for a limited amount of product. So, something like a license to sell 500 pieces made with the file. Note the amount and be sure to keep track of how many sold when working under a commercial license of a file. You will also need to remember that these are not transferable. You can’t give these files to a friend. Each person that uses these files will need to purchase their own commercial license.
So, the next time you want to use an image, think about the source. Is it allowed? Should you be uploading this to your Cricut machine? Image and SVG licensing can be tricky so be sure to read the information on the page where you source an image or file.
The Cricut Angel Policy for Image and SVG Licenses
Cricut has a special policy for those individuals that wish to create and sell crafts incorporating their products, designs, and images. The Angel Policy provides limited permission for certain sales of such crafts. It does have limits, however. Things like the Disney images and other licensed art are excluded. You can see the entire policy here so you know just what you can make with the Cricut Design Space images.
FAQs About Image And SVG Licenses for Cricut Images
Can logos be uploaded to a Cricut?
This is a question I see most often and the most violated policy. All logos are copyrighted and should not be uploaded to your Cricut. This includes logos for products like Pepsi and even logos for things like professional sports teams. You are putting yourself at risk each time that you upload these types of images.
What about the files you purchase?
Again, be sure to check the license provided for specific details. My favorite sources for files are:
- Creative Fabrica
- Design Bundles
- So Fontsy
- Hungry JPEG (Want to make a purchase instead? Use code 10OFF for 10% off!)
- Creative Market
- Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
- That’s What Che Said
- Happiness is Homemade
- Pineapple Paper Co.
- Everyday Party Magazine
- Brooklyn Berry
- The Simply Crafted Life
- My Design Deals (use code SAVE10-GI2BOR to save 10%)
- Craft Bundles
Files on Etsy are often fine but buyer beware. Things like Disney logos and likeness are still copyrighted. The people selling these are infringing on copyright but you will be as well if you use these files. Be aware of what you are purchasing and what types of copyrights may be violated with use.
So, do you have any more questions about image and SVG licensing? Be sure to ask them in the comment section below. Always protect yourself by making sure you have permission to use each image that you upload to your Cricut.
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Recently I’ve been trying to do more with my cricut to try to sell. I bought Svg files from Design bundles and it says when buying that’s it’s free to use commercially. So I’m taking this as I can use these images to design something to sell without breaking copyright? Am I right?
One more question… On cricut design space, the free fonts and images are free to use however we want or are they under copyright also?
Read the license on Design Bundles to see what you can do and if there are any limits. In Design Space, the free fonts and images would fall under the Angel Policy.
Hi there! So I purchased a commercial use FONT from TPT. The user said to just make sure the font is FLATTENED. So I asked her:
Hello! Such cute fonts! I purchased a small bundle to help my own creations for svg designs to sell. It says you require to flatten them for commercial use. Is it possible to flatten an image and/or your fonts that will be used for a cutting machine (svg file)? Might be a silly question. Thank you!!
Hi Brittney!! Thanks so much, I am so glad you like them!! So long as the fonts are not able to be copy/pasted and typed with by your customers you can absolutely use it for SVG! I honestly am not familiar with creating SVG files but it would be totally okay for my fonts to be used on SVG designs! Thanks so much!
So my question is: How can I stop someone from copy/past the words from my SVG in cricut design space? I tried flattening it on Illustrator, then saving it as a SVG, then taking that into CDS, and I can copy full words from the design. THANK YOU!!
Pretty sure she means that they can’t alter the text or use it like a font. If that makes sense? You may send her a video of what it looks like when uploaded to demonstrate since she is not familiar!
Hi Angie. Just want to clarify, that you can use cricut images in design space (apart from licensed images) to put on a product to sell ???? Thanks.
Correct as they fall under the Cricut Angel Policy. You can review it for any restrictions!
I know someone already asked whether free fonts and free images on Design Space can be used commercially. But I was wondering if this is true for all. I had been searching everywhere and on https://officialcricutblog.co.uk/selling-things-youve-made-using-cricut-designs-angel-policy it says only the free images with the green “a” are cleared with the Angel policy. There are thousands of free images without the label, and now I’m not sure if I can use them. Please help. Thanks!
I would review the Angel Policy itself and not any blog post.
Hello Angie! I have a question that I cannot find an answer for and maybe, hopefully you can help me with. I bought svg, fonts, crafts with licenses to sell commercially and read the details of their limits. Now I want to make items I can sell using those I purchased. I finished a design for a mug which I put on a mock uo that I also purchased. Now the question is, do I have to put a watermark on my finishwd product before even uploding it to any social media sites? I was thinking since I bought them with commerical license, I don’t want others to get it for free and use it on their own by cropping or whatsoever. I don’t know though if I’m right or wrong about it though. Please help because it is confusing me. Thanks!
I don’t believe you have to do anything. It’s your choice if you want to add a watermark or not.
I see. I might just put one to try out. It’s my first time to do this. Thanks Angie for the reply!
You’re so welcome. Best of luck!
I just realized you aren’t Angie. Anyway thanks Jenn.
No problem at all! Have a great day.
How do I know what images / fonts fall under the angel policy with cricut access? I read it over and was pretty confused
If it is included with Cricut Access it is included with the Angel policy. Other licensed purchased designs (like Disney, Warner Bros, etc) are not included.
Hi, congratulations on your new book. I wanted to create a book as well. Do you know the legalities for using Cricut’s name in a title? Or who at Cricut may I contact? Thanks so much!
My publisher took care of all of that so I am not sure!
Hi. Is there anyway you can find out from your publisher what the process is? Or even the right email address to cricut?
I’m not 100% sure what you’re asking. You can contact Cricut via their website.