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Would You Agree to this License? It appears to Acquire Rights to Everything You Upload

Exercise caution when signing up for ANY online service, meaning read the usage/license agreement carefully.

I received this email today:

My name is Danviel and I’m part of the family here at Canva. In case you haven’t heard of us before, we’re an online design tool that allows people to easily create beautiful designs using ready-made, highly customisable templates and they can even create designs from scratch with over 100 layouts of their choices.

I recently came across your page and noticed that you have shared a number of online collage maker.

We just so happen to have a simple collage maker which you and your readers may find useful:

I hope you like what you see and if it's not too much of a bother, could you please consider including us on your site? Thank you for your time and I look forward to your reply!

Part of the family”—um, ok.

I read the license agreement, and section 5 caught my eye. It appears to be one more variant of the same thing other major online services have gotten a black eye over: hijacking rights to anything you upload. Need I say anything about the ethical issues at work here?

I’m no lawyer, but the way I read it is plain and simple: Canva gets unrestricted rights to everything you upload, and tries to hide that fact with something about “necessary to host them in public view”. Which is pure BS—read the highlighted area which goes light years beyond what is needed to display something.

I’ve dealt with companies that have such clauses and when I got through to a lawyer with one of them, he tried try to mumbo-jumbo my questions away and in the end evaded my question and never answered it. Remember that what you agree to is the ONLY binding agreement.

Egregious license agreement for online service Canva


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