Flags for Web Sites!
In addition to our vector flags for printing, we now have a variety of sets of World Flags designed & licensed (Royalty Free) especially for use on web sites and multimedia.
Each set has over 270 flags including all of the countries participating in the 2010 Winter Games!
Question: Can I use the flag illustrations on things I intend to sell or give away?
Answer: When you purchase any of our flag illustrations you are actually purchasing a "limited use" license that allows you to use the illustrations for many, but not all purposes. The usages that are allowed are "Royalty Free" meaning that you do not have to pay any additional fees. This includes many, but not all, types of commercial usage. For more information, please take a look at the actual Software License.
We want our customers to be able to use our flag illustrations to the fullest extent possible as long as it is not detrimental to our basic business of selling stock artwork (clip art). Here is a list of things that we are frequently asked about using them for, for personal or commercial purposes. Whether it is for personal use or commercial use is not an issue for us. These apply in either case. The first section applies to the "Print License" and the second section is for things specific to the "Media License". Each item is preceded with a Y (yes) or N (no) as to what our answer is:
Flags for Print License
|Can I use the flag illustrations for:|
|Y||Applied to Craft Items for Sale or as Gifts|
|Y||Awards and Plaques|
|Y||Books (for illustration only, not as stock or reusable art)|
|Y||Bumper Stickers (As a part of a design, not just the graphic by itself.)|
|Y||Clothing Articles (T-shirts, Hats, etc...)|
|Y||Labels * (You can use them for things like address labels, jar or can labels as long as it is not just the graphic by itself.)|
|Y||Magazines (for illustration only, not as stock or reusable art)|
|Y||Magnets (As a part of a design, not just the graphic by itself.)|
|Y||Novelty Premium Items|
|Y||Printed Documents (stationery, cards, signs, flyers, etc...)|
|Y||Embroidered Items * You may create an embroidery pattern that you may personally use to apply to finished clothing. You're welcome to sell or give away the finished clothing which includes the artwork. However, you may not give, sell, or distribute in any way, digital versions of our artwork to be used on any kind of embroidery equipment. Also, you may not sell or give away patches or appliances that contain our artwork, or, any derivatives thereof.|
|Y||PDF documents for myself|
|N||PDF documents for anyone else|
|Y||PowerPoint (or similar) files for my own presentations|
|N||PowerPoint files for anyone other than for myself|
|N||Anything on computer media or any other digital format|
|N||Embroidery Patterns or Digital Embroidery Files|
|N||Clip Art Books or pages|
|N||Iron-On / Dry Transfer Sheets (for 3rd party to use)|
|N||Rubber Stamps * (You can make them for yourself, but you cannot give or sell them to anyone else.)|
|N||Software Programs of any kind|
|N||Anything in digital format|
|N||Layout Templates (like templates for Print Artist or any other program)|
|N||Stickers * (You can make them for yourself, but you cannot give or sell them to anyone else.)|
|N||Stock Art Pages|
|N||Any form of artwork or graphics for use by a 3rd party, whether for free or not.|
Flags for Media License
Note: Although you can technically use the Media versions for printing, the same as the Print versions, unless they're used at a really (really) small size, they will not print very well. They're really designed for use on screen which doesn't have the same demands of higher resolutions that printed materials need.
The same answers as above apply to the Media versions with the following exceptions.
|Y||Web Pages (For myself, my company, or a client) (For illustrative purposed only)|
|N||Web Page Templates (ANY KIND)|
|Y||Using them for illustrative purposes only in a design for a third party client (like a web page / site, a presentation or an application).|
|Y||PDF Documents (For illustrative purposed only)|
|Y||Computer Software Programs (For illustrative purposed only)|
|Y||Game Console Programs (For illustrative purposed only)|
|Y||Phone Apps (For illustrative purposed only)|
|Y||PowerPoint (or similar) Presentations (For illustrative purposed only)|
|Y||Adobe Flash (or similar) Applications (For illustrative purposed only)|
|N||Templates (ANY KIND)|
|N||Digital Embroidery Files (ANY KIND)|
|N||Stock image(s), stock graphic(s), clip art (ANY KIND)||N||Offering them for download or any kind of distribution to anyone other than the original licensee.|
Again, this is just a reference for the common usage questions we're asked about. It is in no way a replacement to the actual Software License.
It really boils down to allowing licensed users to use the Flags as much as possible within the the terms of their software license, without shooting ourselves in the foot.
For example: If someone creates stickers from our flag illustrations and then gives away or sells those stickers to a third party, that third party can then use the stickers to apply our artwork (which we worked hard to create so that we can earn a living too) to whatever without ever compensating us for our work. The person or company creating the stickers is taking our work and providing it to someone else in a way that would most probably keep that third party from ever needing or wanting to buy that graphic from us. The third party might think: "I really like those flag illustrations and I can buy those stickers from so and so and use them on my stuff." By them doing that, the chances are slim that they will ever need or want to buy those graphics from us. In essence, the person distributing the stickers is taking our hard work and giving or selling it to other people and completely eliminating us (the creators, the ones with the major investment in the work) from the food chain.
On the other hand: If someone creates t-shirts using Cliptures World Flags and then sells or gives those t-shirts to a third party, that third party will hopefully like them so much that they will come back to our customer (you) and get you to sell (or give) them more t-shirts. What they can't easily do is take the artwork and start making their own t-shirts. Yes, they can scan or copy it which is illegal. They can also steal bottles from babies which is at least a morally bad thing to do. We can't control what bad people do but we can define the ways and means for honest people. And by providing it to them as a finished card, t-shirt, or craft item, you have not provided them with an honest means to pilfer our work.
It's also possible that in the person who has been buying products from you may find and decide to buy Cliptures World Flags for themselves and make their own stuff. That is an inherent risk you take in using any type of stock illustrations. But it's also the tradeoff you get when you don't have to go out and spend major dollars to develop your own graphics!