I found some real treasure when reading these terms! There’s a term in Canva’s Free Media License Agreement that applies to how you can use some of the stock photos and imagery within Canva.
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This is super important. So, if you use any of that free media, like stock photos or graphic art, here’s what Canva has to say about using that free stuff.
So, again. If you’re using anything with an identifiable person, with a logo, that reflects a certain place, Canva, here, is saying that they can’t guarantee they have the appropriate rights for you to use those things in a commercial or business setting. So that is important if you are using Canva in connection with your business.
By publishing on the platform, you’re giving permission to display
Next, simple, if you publish your designs in Canva, then you allow Canva to publish those for others to view.
I was curious about this, since I recently started dabbling in Canva myself. Obviously when you have a paid or “Pro” account, you have access to more things and you can do more within the platform. But what happens if you close your account or you cancel your membership to Canva? What happens to the designs that you created with media that were, say, “Pro” only, but you plan to still pin those pins or use those graphics on Instagram? Can you do that even though you don’t have your account any longer?
The answer is yes, of course, anything that you created under a valid, paid plan, you can still continue to use.
But, if there was some kind of invalid transaction, they couldn’t charge you during that period where that thing was created, you don’t have rights to use it.
Big Brother/Canva is watching
I hope this kind of opens your eyes on things that you’ve agreed to by using Canva, especially with regard to that Free Media License,.