Whimsy Clips Standard License Agreement, which has always been in place and included in every zip file, now has its own easy to find category allowing you to quickly download and reference the terms.
The clip art must be used as a design element; A design element is integrated with and compliments text and other design pieces on a page or project to create a new design/material and is not the main and/or only component.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each of the questions below are covered under the terms, however, I'm posting the most frequently asked questions below to help you find what you might be looking for quickly.
The answers below are in regard to commercial products (free or paid).
Any personal usage at home or in the classroom is fine.
Question: Are moveable pieces allowed?
Answer: The standard licensing terms do not allow for moveable pieces in software of any kind where the images can be extracted.
Per the Standard License Agreement all images must be flattened into the slide background when used in presentation software such as PowerPoint. No loose files of any kind are permitted, which includes but is not limited to free-standing images, image with text overlay or images placed over textured or pattern-filled shapes.
In regard to BOOM Cards - moveable pieces are allowed in BOOM products as the product is secure and the content can't be extracted. No additional license is required.
Question: May I use the clip art in paperless resources?
Answer: Per the terms: Smart Board and PowerPoint usage is permitted as long as the images are flattened as part of a background AND not loose in the file.
Explanation: Flattened into a background means the slide background as one complete image hence the "AND" not loose in the file.
Question: May I use the clip art in Google Slides?
Answer: Yes, as long as the pieces are not moveable and follow the same terms as Smart Board and PowerPoint usage (as stated above): the images are flattened as part of a slide background AND not loose in the file.
Question: May I use the clip art in Boom Cards?
Answer: Yes. The images in Boom Cards are secured and can't be lifted by the user, therefore this usage is allowed under the Standard License Agreement.
Question: Are sensory bin pieces, story retell pieces, and puppets allowed?
Answer: No, not in commercial products (free or paid) as they are not considered a design element and are standalone.
Please keep in mind that the clip art must be used as a design element and combined with other text and design elements to create something new.
Question: Are picture cards allowed?
Answer: Not when a standalone image is placed inside a shape or box or repeated on a page and not integrated into a design that includes text.
Please remember the image must be implemented into the design so that it is not considered reselling images and does not directly compete with the clip art.
Question: Are "Editable" games/activities allowed?
Answer: Sheets of just images that contain no design or educational content and text, and where the user is instructed to add their own content on an image or on the same page or card as a standalone image is not allowed. As this does not meet the design element requirement and is considered a digital collage sheet and selling of images. This is also transferring rights to use the artwork to create an activity, which is also not allowed.
Question: May I create templates to sell?
Answer: No. Using the artwork in templates to resell are not allowed under the Standard License Agreement. Creating and selling templates to a third-party to use and/or profit from is transferring the rights of the copyright owner and is not permitted.
Question: May I use the clip art on my webpage?
Answer: Per the terms: You may not display an image on the Internet (whether it’s a blog or website) in its original form. By placing an image on the Internet in its original form the images could be stolen by others and used without permission – this is strictly prohibited.
However, you CAN use the images in a header as long as the image is part of a design and overlapped with other design elements so that the image can't be lifted from the design.
Question: May I use the clip art in a school yearbook?
Question: Under disallowed uses you mention digital backgrounds and digital papers. What does that mean?
Answer: It means the images may not be used to make a digital background or digital paper to sell.
An example of a digital paper is a pattern-filled tile or full page background with a repeating patterns.
Question: What if a usage I'm interested in is not listed in the licensing agreement?
Answer: When you license artwork you are allowed the rights listed within the agreement. If a usage is not mentioned then you have not licensed those rights and they are not allowed. If you find that you have a need for a particular usage please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also working on extended licenses and uses that will hopefully be available later in 2018.
The terms are pretty fair and allow for a lot of uses. The biggest things are to please make sure that 1.) the images can't be lifted/copied. 2.) don't place the images on the Internet. Pretty simple, right? Have fun, be creative. :)