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Dash of Inspiration: DIY Public Domain

June 23, 2014

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

DIY Public Domain

Do your own research before you use/submit a design which may contain a song lyric, poem, quote, bible verse, slogan, clip art, photographs, and the like.  You, as a designer creating a for profit design in a public market have the full responsibility to ensure you are adhering to any and all license agreements (TOU) for the elements used in your design.

Here are some great links to help you get that research done. DIY and add the URL link for each entity you use in your card design to your Notes to Reviewer field, and you’ll be saving precious review time.

Remember … just because it says in Public Domain you:

  •  Still MAY NOT be able to use it for profit
  •  MAY NOT be able to use it in a stand alone manner (non-derivative work)
  •  MAY NOT be able to use it without attribution (credit to the author)

So you need to understand the various licenses, how to recognize them, and how to interpret them properly. View and read these licenses:

 Public Copyright License

Open content

Free content

 Creative Commons Licenses


Here are some great links for DIY research in Public Domain:

How To Find Public Domain Works with Google By Wendy Boswell

Looking for a Specific Phrase? Use Quotation Marks By Wendy Boswell

Discover whether a work is under copyright or in the public domain. Here’s how.

What Is Creative Commons?

Here are some helpful resources:

Free public domain bibles and commentaries

Savetz’s Unofficial Internet Public Domain Index –  this is an old list no longer maintained so there are so bad links, but also lots of links which are still very helpful.

Wikipedia: Public Domain Resources

So until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2014 1:27 pm

    Excellent advice!!

  2. June 29, 2014 1:03 pm

    Always appreciative of the time you spend putting such useful information in one place!

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