I am an Adobe CC paid subscriber, I volunteer and design for a non-profit (Master Gardeners) that is very careful about copyright. The non-profit is part of the University of California, which has their own contract with Adobe. As a volunteer, I signed a Volunteer Agreement that states, "UC Regents retains a non-exclusive license to use images, video, and educational content created by UC Master Gardener volunteers while acting as agents of UC."
Is it okay to use a free Adobe stock image for the UC Master Gardeners, knowng that ultimately, the usage license is between the Regents of the University of California and the issuer? I need to provide evidence of this in order to continue my work, can Adobe point me to where I can find this information or provide information that states this?
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Any free items come with a licence. What you can do with those assets is ruled by this licence. Free pictures come with a standard licence, free vodeo with an enhaced licence, other assets come with the licence they got attributed to. You can licence and transfer the rights to your customer as laid out here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock-discussions/transfer-license-to-a-client/td-p/11990240
I, however, suggest that the Organisation you work for, licences the assets and transfers them to you to do whatever you need to do for them. As such, it is clear, that your organization licenced the asset, and there is no doubt whatever to who is responsible. To licence free items, the one licencing those only needs a free Adobe ID.
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 on reading and interpreting the licence terms and on fair use for both the buyer and the artist/stock company, but I cannot rule out that my interpretation is wrong. I'm not an Adobe employee).