- What is a Copyright?
A brief introduction to copyright.
- When is Permission Required?
Do you need permission to use Corel copyrighted material?
- Use of Images
Information on the use of:
- Use of Text
Information on using text from:
- Use of Software
Information on the following subjects:
- Permissions Department
How to submit a request for permission to use Corel copyrighted material.
- What is Corel's Policy on making my own copyrighted materials available through any of Corel applications and websites?
Information on the uploading, posting or transmission of content through any application or website offered by Corel.
- How do I report an alleged infringement of my own copyrighted work?
Information on Corel's End User Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Policy.
What is a Copyright?
Copyright is a right granted by statute to the author or originator of certain literary or artistic productions, where the author or originator is invested, for a specified period of time, with the exclusive right to do and to authorize a number of acts. Its most important aspects are the right to make copies and the related right to prevent others from making copies of the work. In the past, copyright has been used to protect literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works in print or written form. Today, copyright protection is utilized as a primary source of protection for computer programs and other works in digital form, which, even when they exist in a form unintelligible to humans, such as object code, are considered to be literary works for the purposes of copyright law.
When is Permission Required?
Without obtaining written permission, you may be allowed to use certain images, software or text for advertising, in books and other printed matter, on clothing or other promotional items, online and Internet locations, for public exhibitions or demonstrations, in software applications, in television programs, commercials, movies, and/or video tapes; provided the use is not disparaging. The use must fall within the definition of "fair dealing" or "fair use" as defined under Canadian and/or U.S. and other applicable International copyright law. No use should mislead the public as to Corel sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement of your products or services.
NOTE: Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) and other product documentation which accompanies each copy of Corel software to determine what rights are granted to a licensed user of Corel product. In addition you should consult with your own copyright attorney in determining whether your intended use constitutes "fair dealing" or "fair use", as applicable.
Use of Images
Corel does not object to third-party use of box shots of our software products in advertising, on documentation, in books and other printed matter, on video tape, in software applications, on World Wide Web pages or in television programs/commercials/movies ("Your Product"), so long as the use is not disparaging and falls within the definition of "fair dealing" or "fair use" under International and/or Canadian copyright law, as applicable. Provided you adhere to the following guidelines, no further written permission is required:
1. You may not disparage Corel or any of its products in your use of Corel product box shots.
2. You should not use our product(s), product name(s), corporate name, box shots or other copyrighted material in a way that would indicate Corel sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement of Your Product.
3. The Corel product box shot(s) must not be the most prominent visual element. Your Product, company name, logos or graphics should be significantly larger than the size of the Corel product box shot.
4. You should use only Corel approved box shots, including the entire product packaging. You may NOT use portions of the graphics, artwork or trade dress from the packaging, nor may you alter the box shots in any way except to resize to fit your needs.
5. The copyright attribution should state: "Box shot(s) reprinted with permission from Corel Corporation."
6. If any Corel product(s) is mentioned, the full name of the Corel product(s) should be used at first and most prominent mention or as soon as practicable thereafter, and the Corel trademark(s) should be marked as they appear on the Corel product packaging. A footnote attributing trademark ownership to Corel should be used.
All other use of box shots of Corel products requires written permission. Please submit your request in writing with samples, drawings or mock ups of the box shots showing how you wish to use them. Please follow the instructions on How to Request Permission.
To see if your intended use falls within the terms for permitted use, please refer to the Corel Guidelines for:
If you are having difficulty deciding whether your intended use is appropriate you should seek the advice of your own attorney. Corel will not assist you in making this determination.
Your use of photos included in Corel products may be considered appropriate use and may not require written permission. Please refer to Corel Guidelines for the use of Clipart, Stock Photo Images and Premium Photo Images to see if your intended use falls within the terms for permitted use. If you are having difficulty deciding whether your intended use is appropriate or whether you require written permission, you should seek the advice of your own copyright attorney. Corel will not assist you in making this determination.
Please Note – There are certain screen shots to which the following guidelines do not apply. If you wish to use any of the following types of screen shots, you must obtain written permission.
- Corel Product boot-up screens, opening screens or "splash screens"
- screens from beta products or products that have not been commercially released
- screens or Internet pages which contain third-party content. You should contact the content provider directly for permission
Corel does not object to third-party use of screen shots of our software products in advertising, on product packaging and documentation, in books and other printed matter, on video tape, in tutorial software applications, on World Wide Web pages or in television programs, commercials, movies ("Your Product"), so long as the use is not disparaging and falls within the definition of "fair dealing" or "fair use" under Canadian and/or U.S. or other applicable International copyright law.
Provided you adhere to the following guidelines, no further written permission is required.
- For all use of screen shots, rules No.1 to 4 apply
- If your use of screen shots in Your Product is as part of a printed advertisement, book, product packaging or other printed material or as part of an Internet/World Wide Web Page, rules No.1 to 7 apply
- If Your Product is a video, rules No. 1 to 8 apply
- If Your Product is a software application, rules No. 1 to 10 apply
- If Your Product is a television, motion picture or advertisement (ie. commercial) production ("Production"), rules No. 1 to 4 and rules No. 11 to 13 apply.
1. You may not disparage Corel or any of its products in your use of Corel product screen shots.
2. You may not use our product(s), product name(s), corporate name, screen shots or other copyrighted material in a way that would indicate Corel sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement of Your Product.
3. You may not alter the screen image and/or title bars, drop down lists, dialogue boxes or icons in any way, provided that you may resize the screen shot to fit your needs.
4. Screen shots from our products must not be the most prominent visual element in Your Product.
5. If any Corel product(s) is mentioned, the full name of the Corel product(s) should be used at first and most prominent mention or as soon as practicable thereafter, and the trademark(s) should be marked as they appear on the Corel product packaging.
6. A footnote attributing trademark ownership to Corel should be used. See Guidelines for Using Corel Trademarks.
7. Your Product must contain the following copyright attribution: "Screen shot(s) are [INSERT COPYRIGHT STATEMENT APPEARING ON THE COREL PRODUCT PACKAGING (e.g. (c) Copyright 2003 Corel Corporation and Corel Corporation Limited)], reprinted by permission."
8. Trademark and copyright attribution must be in the form of a screen dedicated to same and/or a label on each product.
9. Your Product will provide audio and/or visual instructions to overlay the screen shots of the Corel product(s) at a minimum of every five screen shots of the Corel product(s) so that there is no likelihood of confusion as the distinctness of the Corel product and Your Product.
10. Your Product will not allow actual access to the Corel product, unless the end user of Your Product has a valid license to the Corel product, and there is no likelihood of confusion as to the distinctiveness of the Corel product and Your Product.
11. Any prominent use of screen shot(s) captured in still photos (which might be used in advertising your Production, for example) must include copyright and trademark attribution stating the full name of the Corel product(s), with our trademarks noted as they appear on our product(s), as in the following example: "Screen shot(s) from [INSERT COREL PRODUCT NAME] are [INSERT COPYRIGHT STATEMENT APPEARING ON THE COREL PRODUCT PACKAGING (e.g. (c) Copyright 2003 Corel Corporation and Corel Corporation Limited)], reprinted by permission."
12. If applicable, any printed use of our trademarks during the filming of the Production shall include the full name of the Corel product(s), and our trademarks should be referenced as on the Corel product(s).
13. If any prominent references to Corel, Corel products or trademarks occur in your Production, please submit a written request providing script samples and other relevant information.
All other use of screen shots of Corel products requires written permission. Please submit your request in writing with samples of the screen shots showing how you wish to use them, and following the instructions on How to Request Permission.
Corel permits you to use its logos in both plain word and stylized form for the purpose of promoting and advertising Corel products or services, provided you accept, comply with and execute Corel's Guidelines for using Corel Logos and Trademarks (PDF, 30 KB, 1). Please indicate your acceptance to such guidelines by sending a signed copy of Corel's Guidelines for using Corel Logos and Trademarks. You are not permitted to use any Corel logos until Corel has received a duly executed copy of this document.
Unless you are licensed by Corel, use of Corel logos is not allowed. If there is a specific Corel logo you are interested in using, please contact the Corel Permissions Department. If you have not yet been licensed, you may be eligible to use a box shot of a Corel product instead. Or, you may choose to simply refer to a Corel product as described in the Referential Use section of this Web site.
Corel does not object to third-party use of our icons ("Icons"), so long as the use is not disparaging and falls within the "fair dealing" or "fair use" under Canadian and/or U.S. or other applicable International copyright laws. Providing that you adhere to the following guidelines, no further written permission is required.
- The Icons may only be used in relation to Corel products or services. This means that you may not display the Icons on any non-Corel product or service including any associated packaging, documentation, advertising or other materials in a manner that suggests that such product or service is a Corel product or service, that Corel or any of the Icons are associated with such product or service or that Corel is affiliated with, endorses or sponsors you or any of such products or services.
- When displayed, the Icons must be substantially less prominent than your trademark, trade name, logo or product name. The Icons may not be used as, or as part of, a company name.
- A minimum amount of empty space must be left between the Icons and any other object such as type, photography, borders, edges, etc. The required border of empty space around the Icons must be x wide where x is the height of the Mark.
- You may not combine the Icons with any other feature including, but not limited to, other logos, words, graphics, photos, slogans, numbers, design features, or symbols. Further, you may not display your own logos or Icons or other text or graphics in the same or similar get-up, graphics, look, or trade-dress as the Icons.
- The Icons must not be used in a manner that, in Corel's judgment, may diminish or otherwise damage Corel's goodwill in the Icons, including but not limited to uses which could be deemed to be obscene, pornographic, or otherwise in poor taste or unlawful, or which purpose or objective is to encourage unlawful activities.
- You must place an asterisk (*) or similar notation mark beside the first use of a Mark and include the following attribution statement on the materials in which the Icons are featured.
" * Trademark(s) of Corel Corporation"
This permission may be revoked at any time, in Corel's sole discretion. Use of the Icons does not create in your favour any right, title, or interest in or to the Icons and/or Corel's trademarks or copyright.
Use of Text
Corel® Press Books
If you have a copyright question or reprint request with regard to products published by Corel Press, please submit your request to McGraw Hill. Your request should include the following information:
- Full Corel Press title
- Author's full name
- Specific pages you wish to reprint (give page numbers)
- Reason for reprint
- Intended audience
If you wish to copy, redistribute or reprint a Corel product manual, you must submit your request to the Permissions Department.
You should not assume that all articles, documents, manuals, help files, white papers or other documents that are contained in www.corel.com Web pages are owned by Corel. Corel is not the copyright owner of everything that is posted on our Web site. Therefore, you must first determine whether or not Corel is identified as the copyright owner. If another party is identified as the copyright owner, please contact them directly for permission to use the documentation. If there is no copyright attribution, or if Corel is identified as the copyright owner, please submit your request to the Permissions Department.
Certain use of text from www.corel.com Web pages may not require written permission as the use may be similar to making use of screen shots. Please see the Screen Shot Guidelines to determine whether your use of Web pages is covered under these guidelines.
Use of Software
Although certain Corel software products, files, patches and updates are available free-for-download via www.corel.com, Corel, as copyright owner, retains its intellectual property rights to said technology. The software files that are posted on www.corel.com and referred to as freely downloadable may be used by you without payment to Corel; however, unless expressly stated otherwise, they are not free for you to redistribute. You may not redistribute any copyrighted materials without such redistribution being specifically authorized under the accompanying license agreement. Please read the accompanying end user license agreement accompanying the software to determine your redistribution rights. Any questions or subsequent permission requests must be submitted pursuant to the instructions on How to Request Permission.
While Corel has developed some fonts in-house, most of the fonts found in Corel products have been licensed from independent font vendors. If you wish to license a particular font, you should contact Bitstream at www.bitstream.com, not Corel. Corel does not make fonts developed by it available for licensing.
Donations of Product
If you wish to donate Corel software products, software licenses or hardware on which Corel software is installed to another party, please see License Transfer, below.
If you are a non-profit organization and you are seeking a donation of software or software licenses from Corel for use by your organization, please visit the Community Programs Web site.
You may donate or transfer Corel software product, software licenses or hardware loaded with Corel software to another party provided you comply with the terms and conditions of the end user license agreement (EULA) which governs your use of the applicable Corel product*. All transfers of license, either through a sales transaction or by way of gift or donation, must include all product documentation, product manuals, original disks and licenses. Further conditions of transfer may be included in the EULA. The individual or entity transferring the software product and license should understand that they are giving up all of their rights to the transferred software, including all rights to upgraded versions of the software.
*PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated in the EULA, academic versions of Corel Product are non-transferable.
What is Corel's Policy on making my own copyrighted materials available through any of Corel applications and websites?
By making any content available through any of Corel's applications or websites, you represent and warrant that you own all rights necessary to properly do so. Please see our End User Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Policy page.
How do I report an alleged infringement of my own copyrighted work?
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please see our End User Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Policy page.