Digital Resource Licensing FAQ

What is a License Agreement?

A license is a legal agreement made between the “Licensee” (YOU)–and the “Licensor”. In the case of my license agreements, the licensor is me, Carrie Stephens / the creator aka: copyright holder.

The license is the legal permission for the USE of assets and digital resources under terms as outlined by the license agreement and will include details of the terms of use for the product, copyright information, responsibilities

It is your responsibility to understand your needs as an individual end-user and therefore ask questions prior to using a licensed product, especially one for commercial purposes. It also means you are solely responsible for maintaining the agreement. This includes:

  • Upgrading to a new license that meets your needs.
  • Reading and understanding the Terms of Use, including the limitations.
  • or discontinuing your license if your needs or use exceeds the outlined terms within the license agreement for the product.

How does A license agreement work for Digital Resources?

By downloading digital products, you acknowledge this act as a binding legal agreement and understand that all intellectual property under this non-exclusive license remains the property of Carrie Stephens Art, worldwide.

Carrie Stephens reserves the right to make changes to these Terms and License.

When does a license agreement take effect?

You are bound to a license agreement upon purchase.

What if I do not agree to A “Terms of Use”?

If you do not agre, don't use it. A license is a legal document, and by downloading or using creative work that belongs to someone else, against the terms is never advised. A licensing contract is not negotiable based on how you feel, your needs or your perceived value and expectations.

Not every product is created for every type of user, that's okay! In this case you will need to find something else more suitable for you, or make your own.


Modifying Images to fit a larger concept, theme or design using graphics software is essential to success. This isn't custom art, you need to make design choices, layer, recolor, clip it to solid shapes, erase, mask and resize to suit your final purpose.

With that said, modification and transformation clauses do vary from creator to creator, if you have intent to modify the clipart shapes and colors within your designs and not just build a composition, you will always want to verify that this is allowable with that copyright holders' terms of use.

If you are modifying assets with the intent to sell them as new graphic assets, this is not allowed unless the work is in the public domain, has a creative commons license that allows it, or you have purchased a license that outlines permission for you to do this.

What about For CLIENT WORK?

You may create a design on behalf of a 3rd party client, providing you are not claiming work as your own. Your source must be disclosed so your client understands the licensing terms of the clipart.


🛑 Hey! If you are confused or worried by terms of use or licenses, I want to help! Most often, it isn't on purpose and it's not you, it just has to do with not being familiar with all the jargon and terminology we take for granted that you understand, too.

I've compiled a list of terms that will hopefully help clear up some understanding or misunderstandings about clipart, digital assets, downloads and general digital product licensing a little bit better! Sometimes, it's just the foreign terminology used that creates the disconnect!

❔ still have questions or is there something I didn't cover here? Take a moment to contact me, let me know where or what you're hung up on and I'll see what i can do to help / add it to the list!

Glossary of LicensE Terms:

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