Those of you who love making scrapbook pages and other digital crafts, need to know how important digital material licenses are. Scrapbookers or digital crafters without doubt require a wide range of materials that can support their creativity. These digital materials may include cliparts, textured paper, and other embellishments. There are plenty of digital materials available in the internet; you can either buy them in digital scrapbook stores, subscribe to digital membership sites, or download them for free.
Whichever method you choose to get the supporting digital materials, you need to know first their licenses prior to using them. This way, you will not face allegations of misuse of copyrights from the designers.
Assume that you want to make a name tag for your child who will enter school. In addition to knowing the size of a standard name tag that you will create, you also will need cliparts, textured papers (backgrounds), and other decorations.
To get these materials, you can use the available images in image processing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Ulead PhotoImpact, Paint Shop Pro, etc., or use the ones available in Microsoft software. However, you might want to have more; you want cliparts that are truly unique as well as additional decorations that are not available in those software.
For that, you can get them easily on the internet. Simply by browsing on search engines, you can get the desired digital materials with fairly prices, fast delivery, as well as endless variations. In fact, if you are a bit more persistent, you can get them for free aka no need to spend a dime at all.
However, before using them in making the name tag, it’s good to know the licenses of each materials that you will use. Therefore, you can be creative without worrying about violating the designers’ copyrights. Below are common digital material licenses that you should know. For more details of the license and proper usage, you can always check the Term of Use of the materials in their origin websites.
Personal Use Materials
When you find digital materials that are licensed Personal Use, it means you can only use them for your own personal uses or interests. For example, when you buy a Personal Use winter digital kit; you can use all the materials included in the kit to make your own scrapbook pages, family photo frames, personal greeting cards, etc.
The core meaning of this license is that you may not use the materials for activities that generate profit for you. Even though you design the greeting card by your self and print it with your own printer into a finished card; if you are intended to sell it then you can not use the materials.
However, there are concessions held by this license; you can still make creations as gifts for your family and close friends, such as making a greeting card for mothers day. As long as you do not get profit from these creations, you still can use Personal Use materials.
Commercial Use Materials
When you buy or download Commercial Use licensed materials, you can use them to make creations that can generate profit by selling them. The creations can be finished printed products such as greeting cards, bookmarks, etc or digital downloads such as party bag templates, etc.
But if you decide to use the materials for making your own personal creations, then it is also fine. You can use them to make your own greeting cards, photo frames, bookmarks, etc and keep them for your own.
Commercial Use For Commercial Use (CU4CU) Materials
CU4CU licensed materials can be used to make profit by selling them directly without having to convert them to other creations first. This is a fundamental difference between Commercial Use (CU) and CU4CU materials; if you use CU materials, you must convert them to other creations in advance to get profit from them.
A very clear example is when you buy CU and CU4CU cliparts; you can use CU cliparts to create a greeting card and sell the finished printed or digital download card. Meanwhile, CU4CU cliparts can be sold directly as cliparts or you can combine them with other materials into digital kits and sell them.
However, if you want to sell CU4CU materials, you must first have a reseller license from the materials designer. In order to become a reseller, you must pay a fairly expensive reseller license fee, but worth the convenience of making profit from the CU4CU materials.
S4H and S4O Materials
Many times when you visit a digital scrapbook store you find materials with S4H and S4O licenses. S4H means Scrap for Hire, meanwhile S4O means Scrap for Others. The two terms are used interchangeably and have very similar meaning, that is creating digital scrapbook pages or digital crafts for others. A slight difference is S4H materials can be used to make digital creations for others who pay for your creativity, while when you Scrap for Others you don’t necessarily ask for payment.