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Cricut’s Angel Policy for Licensed Images in Design Space

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Hey Cricut crafters – I’m tackling reader questions this week and several Cricut users have asked about selling products with licensed images from Design Space or cartridges. Unfortunately, you cannot sell a product with a licensed character – those are for personal use only.

Why can’t you use a licensed image in your product?

Cricut has a licensing agreement with companies that allows them to sell and profit from licensed images, for example Disney. The agreement between Cricut and Disney does not extend to the end user (you or your small business) to sell products with the licensed images. Cricut has what is called an Angel Policy which is a document that gives permissions. Within the Angel Policy is this specific text:

“Walt Disney Company (Disney Consumer Products, Inc.), Sesame Workshop, Hello Kitty (Sanrio, Inc.), Warner Bros. (DC Comics, c/o Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc.), Martha Stewart, Kirstie Allsopp (BBC Worldwide Limited), Entertainment One UK Limited, Nickelodeon (Viacom International, Inc.), and Boys Scouts of America characters and images MAY NOT be reproduced and sold.”

I urge you to take the time at least once to read Cricut’s Angel Policy in full at this link. It lays out several other specifics for what you can and can’t do with their images.

It’s just that simple – don’t sell products with licensed characters on them – even if you’ve purchased them through Cricut’s Design Space. Read more on copyrights and trademarks, a frequent topic here on Cutting for Business.

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Cricut's Angel Policy for Licensed Images in Design Space by cuttingforbusiness.com

Crystal

Thursday 8th of July 2021

I have read their angel policy and I have a question. I mainly use font and I understand the trademark items cannot be used for resale but there is an allowance for 10k finished items annually on products with a green a. I was told that and I did read...that we need to have something stated a cricut was used for the product...it could be on the tag etc. Is this even for items we only use cricut to for and not use their actual design?

Christine, Cutting for Business

Friday 9th of July 2021

I don't want to speak for Cricut, so reach out to them directly.

Carol

Sunday 28th of March 2021

I have a Silhouette and cricket. I don’t sell items on Etsy but may want to sell something at a small craft show or to friends. I really don’t make any profit since I sell Most of my items at cost, just so that I can recoup the cost of materials. Would this be a copyright infringement? Thanks

Christine, Cutting for Business

Monday 29th of March 2021

Hi Carol, I'm not sure what you are referring to being a copyright infringement. However, it doesn't matter if you make a profit or not - you would still need to follow copyright laws.

Monique

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Hi, i'm from germany and i hope my english is not that worse as i think it is. So here is my question. I would like to sell candles which are filled in glases an would like to create vinyl quotes and attache it onto the glas. Am i allowed to use the fonts in cricut acces to create own quotes and attache them as long as i don't sell more than 10.000 products a year? Greetings from germany ♡

Niki McAtee

Friday 13th of November 2020

I recently made a product with a design on design space that said “always late but worth the wait” well I got an trademark infringement notice as that saying is trademarked. Do I let Cricut know? I thought I was covered under the angel policy and do not want this to happen again and get my shop shut down.

Christine, Cutting for Business

Friday 20th of November 2020

No, it's likely that the phrase 'Always late but worth the wait' isn't trademarked on all products. For example: Maybe you used it on a bodysuit where there is a trademark, but it isn't trademarked on pillows.

Susan

Friday 14th of August 2020

Since so many people use the images in their small businesses, why even offer them?

Christine, Cutting for Business

Monday 31st of August 2020

You'd have to ask Cricut regarding their policy.