If I made an image that includes a pattern that comes with CorelDraw X4 and attempted to sell it printed on a T-shirt online, would that be a copyright violation? This is from the CorelDraw license agreement, but it seems contradictory and I don't understand it:


Corel products may contain clipart, photo images and sample content such as forms, templates, “tubes” or similar items (collectively referred to as the "Images") which are either owned by Corel or licensed from a third-party. As a user of Corel products you are free to Use, modify and publish the Images as you wish subject to the restrictions set out below. If you are uncertain as to whether your intended Use is in compliance with the Guidelines set out below, Corel recommends that you seek the advice of your own attorney or legal counsel. Corel will not provide you with an opinion as to whether your Use is in compliance with these Guidelines.

2.1 YOU MAY, subject to any restrictions set out in Sections 2.2 and 2.3 below:

(i) incorporate any Image(s) into your own original work and publish, display and distribute your work in any media, provided you include a copyright notice in your work reflecting on the copyright ownership of both you and Corel as follows:

"Copyright (c) 200__ [your name] and its licensors. All rights reserved."


(ii) make one (1) copy of the Image(s) for backup or archival purposes.


(i) resell, sublicense or otherwise make available the Image(s) for Use or distribution separately or detached from a product or web page. For example, the Image(s) may be Used as part of a web page design, but not be made available for downloading separately or in a format designed or intended for permanent storage or re-use by others;

(ii) provide the Image(s) to third parties or permit the Use of the Image(s) by third parties separately or as part of any other product, however, third parties may be provided with copies of the Image(s) (including digital files) as part of a work product;

(iii) create scandalous, obscene, defamatory or immoral works using the Image(s) nor Use the Image(s) for any other purpose which is prohibited by law;

(iv) Use or permit the Use of the Image(s) or any part thereof as a trademark or service mark, or claim any proprietary rights of any sort in the Image(s) or any part thereof;

(v) Use any of the Images which contain identifiable individuals or entities for any commercial purpose including, without limitation, in a manner which suggests their association with or endorsement of any product or service;

(vi) Use the Image(s) in electronic format, on-line or in multimedia applications unless the Image(s) are incorporated for viewing purposes only and no permission is given to download and/or save the Image(s) for any reason;

(vii) rent, lease, sublicense or lend the Image(s), or a copy thereof, to another person or legal entity. You may, however, transfer all your license to Use the Image(s) to another person or legal entity, provided that (i) you transfer the Product, including the Image(s), and this License, including all copies (except copies incorporated into your work product as permitted under this License), to such person or entity, (ii) that you retain no copies, including copies stored on a computer or other storage device, and (iii) the receiving party agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of this License; or

(viii) Use any Image(s) except as expressly permitted by this License.

  • Para 2.1(I) says you can do what you propose as long as you include the prescribed copyright notice, subject to the restrictions of section 2.2, none of which apply, and section 2.3, which you haven't included. It would help if you added that extra section. Aug 25, 2018 at 2:16
  • 2.3 GOVERNMENT CRESTS, SEALS AND OTHER INSIGNIA: The national and municipal insignia contained in this product are protected by various laws against misuse. Generally speaking, all logos, insignia, patches, seals, flags and coats of arms are for official use only. It is your responsibility to obey all national and international laws regulating display of the insignia, seals, flags and coats of arms contained herein.
    – raphael75
    Aug 25, 2018 at 2:36

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The license permits you to include Corel clipart in your product, and sell and wear the resulting t-shirt, provided the result is not scandalous, obscene, defamatory, and provided no one uses the resulting image as a trademark or service mark. There are other restrictions, as well, including on which patterns you can use (you can't use any clipart or patterns that depict an individual, for instance).

That answer masks a lot of gotchas, though. For one, you must set limits on the use of the t-shirt image. Consider this scenario: you do the image, make the t-shirts, and someone buys one. A third person sees the t-shirt and thinks it would make the perfect costume for a photograph. Recognizing your copyright in the t-shirt, he asks if he can put a model in your t-shirt and take a picture. On the language of the license, your answer must be, "no." You do not have the right to sublicense the Corel clipart to the photographer, so you cannot authorize the photograph. Technically, you will need to be careful about using it in your online t-shirt store for this same reason: if you provide a final (non-downloadable) image for use in the store, you are probably fine. But if the store permits images to be downloaded and permanently stored, that use is forbidden.

The final image to be printed on the t-shirt, the clipart image, your intended and possible future uses of the final design, and much more information about the particular online t-shirt store would all be helpful in giving you a more complete answer. But the basic answer to the question as posed is, "No, using an image from Corel clipart incorporated into a t-shirt design and attempting to sell the t-shirt likely would not be a copyright violation on this license."

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