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Help me understand licensing rules and sharing assets

New Here ,
Nov 12, 2020 Nov 12, 2020

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We create printed booklets that include Adobe stock images and icons. In addition to printing, we offer PDF downloads of these booklets on our website. I know this part is covered in our standard license.

We also have offices in other countries who translate our books for print and online use, but when we send them the files to them currently, we've been removing the images so they can't use them - we require them to license and download their own images through whatever sites are available to them.

The license agreement says we can't use the images in "templates", which is what we've been considering these files (we share packaged InDesign files for them to translate and reproduce) - which is why we haven't been sharing the images with the InDesign files. But the license agreement also says that we can share images with employees and contractors, and the people we would share them with are employees and contractors of our organization - just in different countries.

Can we legally share packaged InDesign files with licensed assets with employees in other countries (not on our Adobe Team) - or are we safer to continue stripping the assets from the files before sharing?
An example - This image (https://www.lhm.org/discoverhouseholds/hhofhouse.png) uses stock icons from Adobe.  Can we share a booklet file with this graphic WITH those icons for our other offices to translate and reproduce, or do they need to license their own icons separately if they are not a part of our Adobe Team?  I'm attaching another example of a booklet we created - if we share the INDD file for our other offices to translate, do we need to continue to strip out the images, or can we legally share these images as part of the product for them to use?

The FAQ page specifies sharing within a CreativeCloud library, which would require that they are on our Adobe Team, but I'm asking if we can legally share in a packaged INDD file for them to translate and reproduce. Does that fall under "Share the unmodified asset with your employees and contractors who have contractually agreed to abide by the license terms." in the terms on https://stock.adobe.com/license-terms
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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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Your question is quite complex so it would be better to consult with a specialized lawyer.

 

Look here for more information on licensing: https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock/links-for-licensing-terms/td-p/11366788
(Disclaimer: As always with licensing, this is my interpretation of the rules. I think they are correct and advice is based reading and interpreting the license terms and on fair use for both the buyer and the artist/stock company, but I can not rule out that my interpretation is wrong. I'm not an Adobe employee)

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Thank you for your reply!

We decided to play it safe and just remove all graphics and photos from our files before sharing them with our other staff.  They can find their own images for the booklets, and everyone can stay legal! 

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