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for today’s design chat we’re going to be talking about copyright so if you’ve ever used an image that you found in a Google search in a project or downloaded a free font this video is for you

designers sometimes we need to bring assets into our work that we didn’t create ourselves like fonts icons images it’s perfectly acceptable totally legal but only if you choose the right assets just because something is available online for free it doesn’t mean you have the rights to use it in your project this is a guide to making sure you do have the rights to use the images icons and fonts you find on the Internet in your work now I will preface this by saying that I am NOT a lawyer but

this is just my understanding of basic copyright law and this is how I approach it the first thing to do when you find an asset you want to use in your work it’s to love information about the usage rights repository sites will generally have a page that gives you information about this and on sites like Flickr for example the usage rights will be listed by each photograph because the user gets to decide what they are they’re not a site-wide thing when you’re searching for free assets you might sometimes come across things that are marked as being in the public domain like this one here that means that

you can use it for whatever you want you also likely come across a lot of things that use a Creative Commons license now something to watch out for here is that there are many different types of Creative Commons license this one means you can use it for whatever you like as long as you give credit to the creator in your project this one means you can use it if you give credit but you can’t make changes or derivatives of it and this one here means you can use it if you give credit but not

if it’s a commercial project those are just a few of the main ones that I often see that there is a link in the description where you can find out more about them and what all those little symbols mean the type of Creative Commons asset you can use in a project depends on the project if it’s a project for a client or a business or one that you’re going to earn money from you should only use ones that are available for commercial use so none with this symbol here there are much less assets available for commercial use which is understandable so you might want to look into something like stock photography and I did a video all about that giving you some advice on it which you can watch right here you might also want to look into purchasing an icon set or a subscription to an icon site to get those assets please keep in mind though that just because you’re paying money for something that also doesn’t give you the x2 use it for whatever you want for example with fonts there’s a difference between purchasing the rights for a personal use license and a commercial license so read up on the usage rights carefully of the site that you’re getting this asset from and if you’re not sure if it’s not clear ask the site owner ignorance is no excuse to break copyright laws you might be searching for an asset and come across one that doesn’t have any rights information attached to it like on Google perhaps but just because there’s no information they’re readily available to you doesn’t mean you’re allowed to use it in your project you need to know explicitly that you do have the rights to use it but if you do insist on using Google images here’s a handy tip for you if you go into the search tools you can click on usage rights and select the license that you need for your project and then you’ll only see images that have that license and you won’t be tempted by other ones it’s really important to make sure that the work you’re doing is legal for all projects but especially for client projects you don’t want to be responsible for them being in breach of copyright because if they get sued guess what they’re going to pass that cost on to you you wouldn’t want someone else stealing an asset viewed worked hard on so don’t do it to other people and on that note I shouldn’t have to tell you not to copy other people’s work but don’t copy other people’s work there are ways to be inspired without ripping off their piece completely and I think I might do another video on that because it is a whole different topic with that said I hope that you enjoyed this video and that you found it useful please give it a thumbs up if you did if you’ve got any questions for me please leave them in the comments and I’ll answer as best I can but please remember also like I said I’m not a lawyer so this is just all from information that I’ve found online and being taught in design school if you were new to my channel hello welcome please stick around I make new videos about design style and DIY projects every Saturday and vlogs about my life here in London every Tuesday so hit subscribe if you want to see more from me and I will see you in the next one bye you