The New License Changes Are Now Live

By on Nov 1, 2016 in Announcements
The New License Changes Are Now Live

It’s been two months since we launched our new licenses, and we’ve received a ton of community feedback since they went live. After careful consideration, we recognized that a few key areas still needed attention, and we’ve been working hard to make improvements based on the diverse needs of our many users. Today, after months of gathering feedback through discussion posts, one-on-one conversations, surveys, and blog posts, we’re implementing several changes that we believe will significantly benefit our community as a whole. Below, you’ll find a summary of these changes, but for the full terms, please read through our new License and FAQ pages.

Major Changes That We Launched Today

Here’s a quick rundown of the major updates that are now live:

  • New Bulk Editor: We launched a brand new Bulk Editor/Uploader for shops, which makes it easier than ever to make quick updates to several products at once (note: this link won’t work if you don’t have a Creative Market shop).
  • Extended License Opt-Out: For categories with an Extended License, shops can now choose whether or not they’d like to offer an Extended License on their products.
  • Better Options For Small Businesses: To better meet the needs of small businesses, we’ve added some limited ability for buyers to create End Products For Sale within the Standard License.
  • Simplified Font and Add-On Licensing: After gathering feedback from many experienced font and add-on creators both inside and outside of Creative Market, we’ll be removing the Extended License option for all fonts and add-ons, and upgrading the Standard License with the ability to use these items in End Products for Sale.
  • New Example Use Cases and Visuals: To make it easier for buyers to understand how they can use Creative Market assets, we’ve created a big list of use-case examples, many of which have visual aids.
  • Defamation Clause: After talking with several photography shop owners, we’ve added in a clause that provides some standard restrictions around how photos depicting specific people and properties can be used.

Are These Changes Final?

As always, we’ll continue to be attentive to the changing needs of our users as we grow, but we’re excited to move forward today with these final changes.

Thank You!

Thank you so much for your patience, feedback, and cooperation as we finalized our new licenses. We are so excited for you to see the new features and updates we have planned for the rest of 2016 as we continue to build the world’s best marketplace for design.

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  1. MarkieAnn

    Yet again, Creative Market listening to their audience and stepping up their game. Glad to see these updates, they look super sweet! Thanks as always!

  2. jonmfarmer

    Thank you! So great to work with a team that's committed to listening to the community. Oh, and the Use-case examples? AWESOME!

  3. roaar

    Finally a good and common font license, not so restrictive anymore. Great! You listened to the the community!

  4. L_Worthington

    I can't even begin to express how thrilled I am to see all of this come to fruition. Great job, Creative Market team!!! You all have gone way above and beyond on this, the communication within the community, listening and acting upon suggestions and I know this got off to a rocky start, but I believe that now, the licensing is better than before :) Thank you SO much! I'd say more, but I've got to get busy reactivating my listings!!!

  5. roaar

    I am sooo happy about your new license I need to make a second comment :-) Now I can buy all the great fonts I have on my list :-) YAY!!! I LOVE CREATIVEMARKET :-)

  6. studiojulieann

    Very happy with the new license terms. But, there is some confusion to me. Under the standard license - section 3: For purposes of this license, “intend to sell” means you plan to sell, license, sub-license, or distribute the End Product for any type of fee or charge. Then in section 5 is says: You may not sublicense, resell, share, transfer, or otherwise redistribute the Item (e.g. as stock, in a tool or template, with source files, and/or not incorporated into an End Product) under any circumstances, not even for free. I'm confused. I personally do not want anyone else being able to license or sub-license any of my designs. Clarification would be appreciated. Possibly I'm just mixed up on the meaning, don't know................

  7. secondfret

    @Julie Hansen good question. You are only allowed to sell the "End Products" that you create with something you purchase on Creative Market. As the license states, "End Products must be significantly different than the original Item and require time, effort, and skill to produce. End Products must not be used or sold in a way that is directly competitive with the original Item you purchased. End Products must not redistribute the original Item to any third parties in a manner that allows for the extraction of the original Item." So no one is allowed to buy your items, then turn around and re-sell them in a way that is competitive to, or provides access to, your original item. Hope this helps!

  8. Joiaco

    THANK YOU CREATIVE MARKET for all the caring attention you have paid towards this community's needs in making these licensing changes. Such a wonderful trusting and trustworthy site. (Is there any way that Josh Johnson's 'good reply' above can be put in BOLD or in a coloured block?) Thanks again.

  9. dirkr

    Sorry, but ignoring many pages of discussions and very reasonable arguments is NOT listening to the community - at least not to the part who sells photos or illustrations. The new licenses de facto remove any real "standard" license from CM. Now every license contains extended license rights. Therefore I had to raise my prices significantly - which will most likely lead to zero sales in the future. But otherwise I would be undercutting the market elsewhere. Why nobody at CM was able to really listen and retain a real "standard" license with no allowance for end product for sale included (like it is "standard" across the image licensing industry) is not really understandable.

  10. pixelcolours

    @Josh Johnson what will happen with all the actual extended license listings? They are now against CM terms and they are still live. Will you remove them?
    Should we dismiss them and purchase according to CM new license?

  11. secondfret

    @pixel bypixel most shops have been really good about taking them down proactively, but there are still a few stragglers. We're going to start contacting shops directly to request that they be removed. Thanks!

  12. madiha.ahmed

    Thanks, I was really let down with the previous changes, but I am happy to shop here again. yaay!

  13. AndrewFootit

    Cool. But how do we manage number of users for fonts though. i.e a larger companies for example may need to purchase licenses for 30 - 50 seats/users. We have now moved into the territory of pricing tiers for the amount of seats/user @Josh Johnson how will this be handled.

  14. pixelcolours

    I have 2 more questions please :D

    1. What about the fonts that come with graphics? I am buying a font and in it's price is included a set of vectors. But I'm paying for a installable-product-with-multiple-projects. Am I allowed to use those graphics in the same way that I paid for that product... multi projects?

    2. If I buy a graphic and the seller allows me to use it in multiple projects... would be against the terms granting more rights than purchased?

  15. kelleyjohnson

    Hey @pixelcolours sorry, it looks like we missed this question from you. Let me answer those for ya.

    1. If you take a look at the License FAQ ( you’ll see the topic of “packs and bundles” listed about halfway down the page. It explains that project limits apply to Individual Items within Packs or Bundles in the same way they would apply to those Items if the Items were to be sold on their own outside of a Bundle or Pack (unlimited Projects for Fonts and other Installable Items, and one Project for all other Item types).

    2. We only offer two licenses on our marketplace (besides the GPL for Wordpress themes). While we won’t be policing the site and removing any conflicting terms from product listings, ultimately, if someone sells with us, they are agreeing to sell under our license terms. For this reason, our licenses are the only legally binding ones on the site.

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