Can I legally use static vector images downloaded from freepik or pixabay to create my own animations and then sell them? Their license terms are a bit confusing for me. They say that I can use those assets in personal and commercial projects as long as I include attribution. But at the same time they disallow selling any "derived work". Do my animations count as derived work?

What if I buy a pro account on these services, which frees me from including any attribution. Can I then create and sell such animations?

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License to use does not mean license to create derivative works

These are different rights under copyright. If you want to make a derivative work, which your animations are, you must have a license to do so.

  • Thank you... so if I use those vector files in a website (after re-coloring, cropping etc.), that will not be seen as derived work?
    – dotNET
    Jun 14, 2021 at 8:20
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    Yes it would be
    – Dale M
    Jun 14, 2021 at 11:06
  • Then what does it even mean that I'm allowed to use it in my commercial projects? What am I allowed to do? Can I put that image into a website (without modification) and sell the website, but I can't sell the image (or the website) if I have modified the original image?
    – dotNET
    Jun 14, 2021 at 12:29
  • @dotNET yes - exactly
    – Dale M
    Jun 14, 2021 at 20:47

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