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Can You Legally Use Bitmoji Avatars in Your Small Business?

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I’ve noticed a lot of Silhouette and Cricut business owners using Bitmoji Avatars in their business logos, social media profile pictures, and advertising materials. I’ve had an uneasy feeling about the legalities of doing this, so I set off to do some research. 

What is a Bitmoji Avatar?

Before I share my findings – and in case you don’t know – a Bitmoji is a cartoon illustration of yourself that you can create in the Bitmoji App.

Can You Legally Use Bitmoji Avatars in Your Small Business?

Unfortunately, no. Bitmoji Avatars are only permitted for personal use and they cannot be used commercially. This means you could use one you’ve made in personal messages or your personal social media. Also, you cannot sell Bitmoji Avatar products – like a vinyl decal of yours or someone else’s Bitmoji.

Can You Legally Use Bitmoji Avatars in Your Small Business? By cuttingforbusiness.com.

Bitmoji is owned by Snap, Inc (the creators of Snapchat). Here is a screenshot from their brand guidelines. I added the red arrows. If you’d like to read the Brand Guidelines in the entirety, click here.

Alternatives to Bitmoji Avatars

If you’d like to use an avatar of yourself (or someone else) in your small business, I’d recommend you hire an illustrator to create one for you. If you don’t know where to turn, this is the perfect job to seek out on Fiverr. Click here to see some gigs for creating avatars, ranging from $5 and up. Of course, remember that Fiverr is a marketplace and not all sellers are created equal. Always check feedback before purchasing.

If you are currently using a Bitmoji you’ve created in your small business, now is a good time to straighten it out and remove the Bitmoji for an alternative. 

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Les

Thursday 24th of March 2022

Bitmoji supplies you with a mannequin. You dress it ,give it hair,color, size etc. You create it.If you create it how can you not own the copyright to the finished product? It's your creation. Bitmoji just supplied the free platform. I could see them owning the copyright if I was charged for their service, but I was not. And they have taken upon themselves to change my Avatar, which I am not pleased with. But there is not I can do about it. Like Pandora radio and You Tube Music. They seem to know what my taste in music is based on a couple of dozen songs? When did we let the internet own us?

Don Bentley

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

What about using your bitmoji in your classroom? virtual.classroom? What about child counselors using bitmoji in virtual or in person sessions?

Christine, Cutting for Business

Thursday 15th of July 2021

Hello! You can read the full brand guidelines here: https://www.bitmoji.com/bitmoji_brand_guidelines.pdf.

T Diaz

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Thank you for this information. I contacted Snap directly eons ago and never received a reply, but what I suspected was the case, that they're copyrighted images that you can't use commercially, I now know for a fact :)

Christine, Cutting for Business

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Happy to share!

NYTEACHNC

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

HA! Under DO: "Make your Grandma a Bitmoji." :-D Love it! Thank you so very much for all of the research and hard work you do to make things easier on me (us)!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

I saw that! It's nice when companies show a little humor isn't it?