I’d love to live in a world where mutual respect and sharing our abundance freely have become again the natural way of life, and money or bartering a concept of the past.
Until then I need to make a living – preferably doing what I love doing – and I also want to encourage others to use, develop, share and earn something with their creative gifts.
Posting coloured-in images on social media
If you just want to know whether you can post your coloured-in work on social media: Yes, you’re very welcome to do so, but please attribute to World of Magnifica, and add a link to the download page, so other people can get one to colour in, too.
In all other cases, please read on.
Content of this site and Newsletter
I have decided to license the content on this site and including the newsletter, for which I hold the copyright and except where otherwise noted, under a
The attribution I request for site content is that you link back to the respective source page URL here.
Regarding derivatives (that is stuff you make based on my designs) you are required to share your product under at least the same license. You could just add your own license on to the attribution (if you haven’t done it anyway for your blog or site). For starters you might find the simplified license summaries and Considerations for licensors and licensees at Creative Commons helpful.
The following are “all rights reserved”:
Any and all (!) uncoloured images, irrespective of whether you find them on this site or have bought them: You have bought the permission to print them as many times as you like and to colour them (= create a derivative), but you have not bought the copyright.
The eCards, for which I reserve all rights. You may however print them for personal use and also share them on social networks as long as you provide a working link back to that specific eCard page.
The Monthly Cards which I design in association with The Looking Glass Craft.
Any third party content, obviously, for which I do not hold the copyright but am allowed to use (for instances CC images from flickr or repositories). I do my best to attribute it and link back to the source I got it from.
Projects and other PDFs
You may not share the PDFs themselves unless I invite you to do so or if the PDFs are licensed as Attribution-ShareAlike (when in doubt, check which license is indicated on the respective Post/Project Page). The Title and a link to the post are sufficient as attribution.
But even if it’s “All rights reserved”, I give you the right and even encourage you to use my designs, printables or patterns to create items for sale (that is to create so-called derivatives), provided they are
- unique and handcrafted by you or a member of your family (for my idea of “handcrafted” see this article: Defining Handmade on Etsy),
- you attribute them as requested below
- and indicate how you modified the original (for instance “Modification: I hand coloured the original line drawing”, or “This embroidery is based on…”).
So, yes, you may for instance
- make cards from the printables and sell them at a craft fair (Exception: You may not sell any of the Monthly Cards I design for The Looking Glass Craft),
- enlargen a colouring page, colour it in and sell it as a poster via your website,
- use a design to embroider a pillow or make a quilt and sell them via your Etsy shop.
But you may not sell or share the PDFs or blank images themselves!
If you are a member of a small private craft group or club or involved with an educational, social or cultural non-profit organisation, you may also print and hand out – free of charge – my printables, designs or patterns to others in order to create handcrafted items for fundraisers and other charitable purposes.
If you own a business, a medical practice, a shop or a restaurant for instance and want to offer your employees, patients, clients, or customers colouring pages or such for creative relaxation, please contact me (scroll down to the bottom of the page to send me a message) and tell me the scope of what you’d like to do. I’m sure we can figure out something.
I guess you get the idea of how I’d like to handle this. If you have any questions or doubts, please contact me via the contact form at the bottom of the page.
How to attribute products that are based on my work
For more information and examples see Best practices for attribution on the Creative Commons site.
Here some suggestions which are sufficient for me:
Attributing physical products offline can be a bit awkward.
- If you are using printables, for instance colouring cards, you can just leave the copyright and license notice on the printable as it is.
- If you use only parts of a printable or turn a design into something else, for instance a collage, poster or pillow case, you could add a small card saying for instance
Handmade with love by [your name and your website or shop URL], based on [title of work] at World of Magnifica [link to project page URL]"
Copy/paste the snippet above and adjust the [text in brackets].
If you are promoting your own product via internet (including social media, email or newsletters), copy/paste the license text and links you find on the respective Project Page here on this site, or the Gumroad page URL.
The general structure for the Attribution-ShareAlike license looks like this:
[Title of your work] is based on [title of my work], used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Here’s the HTML code template of the above, for you to copy/paste. Adjust the [text in brackets] according to the Page URL. Then add a short description of how you modified the original.
[Title of your work] is based on <a href="[project page URL]" rel="dct:source">[title of my work]</a>, used under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/" rel="license">Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License</a>.
If the project happens to be “All rights reserved”, please use the following attribution, replacing the [text in brackets]:
Based on <a href="http://[project page URL]" target="_blank">[title of work]</a> with <a href="http://worldofmagnifica.eu/wiki/permissions/" target="_blank">special permission</a>
Why I do allow commercial use
This might be interesting for you, too, if you consider licensing your own creations:
At first I thought of choosing a “non-commercial use” CC license because I do not want someone to make perhaps a lot of money from my work without giving anything back, but then I discovered this brochure by Dr. Paul Klimpel: Free Knowledge based on Creative Commons Licenses -Consequences, risks and side-effects of the license module „non-commercial use only – NC“ on OpenGLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).
The bottom line: “Share Alike”, that is sharing under the same license, is much more effective than “Non-Commercial” in preventing commercial misuse, without restricting especially the people I want to support.
I’m not a lawyer. What I’ve written here is not in any way meant to be legal advice, instead I regard it as a declaration of my intent: to promote creativity and sharing and making a living with what you love doing anyway.
If I were a lawyer and had the power to put one single law into action, it would be the Law of Love & Unity – no other law would be necessary.
Weird? Impossible? A crazy idea I’d better not mention in public?
Just imagine everyone thought like this…how beautiful life on earth would be! And the more we unite as individuals, the closer we come to achieving it for the whole.
I’m trying to walk my talk as best as I can, and this is one of the steps towards this dream of mine.
What’s your dream, and your next step?