Character Images and Creative Commons

Jul 29, 2013

I am producing content for a goverment grant. My content must be open source or Creative commons lincensed.

Can I use the built in character images in story line. Will that be violating storylines copyrights?

So anyone could download the source files and use them however they would want to under Creative Commons.

I could not find any information on thier website.

Any information would be apreciated.


3 Replies
Tom Kuhlmann

Storyline comes with one licensed photographic character and the 40 vector characters. The other photo characters are purchased and come with a licensing agreement.

If you create a .story file and share it for other Storyline users to use the file, then you can freely share the file and the character/one photo assets since the other users would need Storyline to access and edit the file. Thus they already have rights to the assets. However, the purchased photo pack characters can't be freely shared since we license them.

If the intention is that someone can save out the images in the .story file and use in other non-Storyline projects, then that would go against the licensing agreement.

Hope that helps.

Robert Lawson

So if you are using creative commons licenses for a learning object created with Articulate Storyline, then it is best to avoid using any of the photographic or vector characters, purchased or un-purchased, since they could possibly be re-used by someone for another open educational resource that doesn't use Storyline.  But if we use our own CC-licensed images to create the OER, then we are good to go -- we can still use Articulate to create the OER?



Lauren Connelly

Hi Robert!

Great question! Here's a quick breakdown of what you can do with the assets in Content Library 360:

  1. You are free to use the assets in Content Library 360 in e-learning courses you intend to promote to the public. You may share it on any website or LMS, distribute it to any audience, and charge learners a fee to access it.
  2. You are free to use Content Library 360 assets within an Articulate 360 tool, but you cannot add them standalone into other applications. 
  3. Content Library 360 images, icons, and videos are royalty free for commercial and non-commercial use. No attribution required.

To review our full terms of service, click here for our ToS page.

Please let me know if I can clarify anything!

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