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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Clarifying Canva

Last week I received an email from a reader who had seen my video about how to use Canva. She had questions about copyright regarding graphics made in Canva. Here's what she wrote,

I just read your post on Canva and was trying to get their contact info to ask if I could use Canva in my website, school, or anywhere without infringing copyright laws... Couldn't find a "contact us" link so I am asking you... Do you know if whatever I create with Canva can be used anywhere?

Canva offers an answer to this in their help section. That answer is a bit heavy on legalese. My explanation is below.

Canva was created for the purpose of helping people create great graphics to share in print and on the web. All of the stock imagery found within Canva can be used by you and your students to create graphics to share online and in print without breaking any copyright regulations. Where you might run into an issue is if you or your students import images from outside of Canva into the Canva templates. In that case, you will need to make sure that the images imported are either in the public domain or have a Creative Commons license that allows re-use with modification.

A good explanation of Creative Commons is found in the following video produced by Common Craft.