free clip art
Clip art usage is ruled by the terms of usage rights and
individual copyright. It is important to understand the
legalities of these two acts. Image rights are classified in
three common groups, namely, ‘royalty free’, ‘rights
managed’ and ‘public domain’.
Mostly commercial clip art is marketed via a limited royalty
free license. This permits the client to use the clip art
image for educational, personal and non-profit operations.
Some clip art belongs to the royalty free segment. This
implies limited commercial rights, meaning the permission to
use art images for non-profit applications. Royalty free
image rights are different for different vendors.
Another way of managing the market for fine art clip art
is to sell it on a rights managed basis. This category of
image rights has gone out of market in the last twenty
years, royalty free licenses being a more popular mode of
clip art marketing.
Public domain images prevail over other forms of clip art in
popularity because the image rights are free for the same.
Many images are wrongly interpreted as belonging to the
public domain but are actually part of copyright. It is not
legal to put them to personal use without prior permission.
Confusion reigns in this area because as soon as an image
from the public domain is edited or restructured, it becomes
new, and this can be copyrighted by the editor.
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