Am I allowed to use clipart or stock images?

Both stock imagery and clipart can have strict licensing restrictions. We help you to follow these general rules by restricting the use of stock imagery and clip art to certain design categories on 99designs. 

We also understand that using stock imagery can be important for your design within the design categories that they are allowed.

So, to get started, you must read through our Stock Image and Clip Art policies to fully understand where you can and cannot utilize them.

Stock Image & Clip Art Policy

  • DO NOT submit stock art, free vectors, or clip art of any kind to logo, illustration, or button/icon contests.

If you are going to use a stock image in a design that is NOT for a logo, illustration, or button/icon contest YOU MUST:

  • DECLARE ALL stock images used at the time the design is submitted.
  • CHECK THE LICENSE and be absolutely certain the stock image can be legally used how the client intends.

If you plan to use stock in categories where allowed please be VERY familiar with the rules around stock images - failure to follow the rules WILL result in your 99designs account being suspended or possibly closed forever.

We also have a partnership with Adobe Stock to help make finding and declaring stock easy. Please review this overview about the Adobe Stock integration. Hopefully, this helps clarify the process around stock!

*Keep in mind that clients aren’t going to be happy if they are legally pursued over copyright issues arising from your work — and you’ll be liable for any costs and damages they incur!

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