Our New Rights Management System... All the Colors Belong to You!

Our New Rights Management System... All the Colors Belong to You!


When I first built COLOURlovers as a weekend project I had no idea it would become this amazing community. At the time, I threw together a terms of use and privacy policy modified from some of the big sites on the web... and the language used about who owned the content you uploaded here was WAY too aggressive. Basically, it said we "owned" anything you uploaded. It may have said that in small print somewhere, but that's never how we thought about or treated your creations.

Recently we took the time and the budget to update the terms to appropriate language clearly stating that you own everything you create here... but that you give us a commercial license to also use your content (without this we couldn't run the site or showcase your work in things like the Color Inspirations book).

BUT... Updating the terms weren't enough, as we want to fully hand over control of your content to you. Today we're launching two new features that hand the rest of the control of content here at COLOURlovers to you, our awesome and creative members.

Rights Management for all COLOURlovers Content

Can I use this pattern as the background for my blog? Is it free to use this? I don't understand the license you provide for the content on COLOURlovers... We get questions like this all the time. And although we've had a Creative Commons license on the bottom of every page... It hasn't been very clear what people can or can't do with the content shared on COLOURlovers.

License Display Area
So we've added a new section in the right column of each creation page to clearly show the license for that content. There are icons and bullet-points to explain what is allowed with each specific license, as well as a link to the Creative Commons site to learn more about the license terms.

Changing Your Content Licenses
To change the license for a specific color/palette/pattern/etc. you can click the "Edit" link above the license box in the right column. A window will open and allow you to change the license for that specific creation.

Default License Settings
The default license for all content on COLOURlovers is a By Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike license. (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

You can change your default license for all future creations in your account settings area (Set Default License). You can also update the license for all your existing content on this page. There is a checkbox at the bottom of the form to "Change All Existing" which will do a big bulk update for all your creations... ie, would you like to allow commercial usage of all of your existing content? You can do that here.

What Each License Means

There are a few different ways you can specify what people can and can't do with the content you share here on COLOURlovers.

All Rights Reserved
Nobody can use your creation without first getting your permission. This is the most protective license option. Ie, Selecting this license on a pattern template you've designed means that nobody else can color the template in. The license area for a creation with this license will link people to a page to send you a love-note to ask for permission to use the content.

Creative Commons
The Creative Commons is a non-profit that aims to "give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to keep their copyright while allowing certain uses of their work — a “some rights reserved” approach to copyright — which makes their creative, educational, and scientific content instantly more compatible with the full potential of the internet."

All creative commons license options include "By Attribution"... meaning people can use it as long as they credit you for the original creation.

Additional options under the CC license are:

Allow commercial use.
Selecting this license option will allow other people to use your creation in work that they sell or market commercial services with. It could be an Etsy seller using a pattern as part of a gift wrap paper package they sell, or a real estate agent using your pattern as the background of their website.

Allow derivative works to be created.
Selecting this license will allow users to remix & modify your original creation. For example, if you have created a pattern template that you would like others to be able to color in... it needs to be licensed with a derivative license.

Derivative works must be shared with the same license you’ve selected.
Selecting this option will require all derivative works to be shared with the same license as the original creation. If this option is set for a pattern template, there is no option to change the license terms of colored-in patterns. They must retain the original pattern template license.

License for Colors & Palettes

It's easier to understand these licenses in the context of pattern templates, but it's a little trickier when talking about named colors & palettes.

Colors
Technically you can't own the rights to a color (despite some large corporations trying to copyright their specific branding colors). All 16 million colors already exist, we're just allowing you all to come up with clever names to associate with those colors. For now, all color names on COLOURlovers will continue to have our default (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license.

Palettes
You also can't technically own the rights to the usage of certain colors together... ie, if you make a palette with Red, White & Blue... you can't prevent the US from printing more flags. What you can own the rights to is the combination of the colors in a specific order, and or the amount of colors presented as a 5 color palette like the way we do here on COLOURlovers. Ie, if you select an All Rights Reserved license for your palette: Somebody else can't present your palette anywhere else the way it is presented here on COLOURlovers. Even with an All Rights Reserved license though, they could still use that color combination to draw an illustration or design a logo.

We'll be adding a section to the site to explain the licenses better moving forward, so if you have any questions or think we should better explain something, please let us know.

Deleting Creations from COLOURlovers

If you really own all your creations, then you should be able to remove them from COLOURlovers too... and now you can. There is a new OPTIONS button in the About header for all creations. You're able to Edit & Delete your creations from here.

It's rare, but we know that sometimes people want to remove something they've shared on COLOURlovers... a palette they no longer love, a template they messed up on, etc. You're now able to delete all your creations, but the way we handle how things are deleted is a little different depending on what's being deleted. Here's a little more about what happens when you delete your different kinds of creations:

Colors. When you delete a color it will remove the color from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information. The color will now be available for another member to name and list as one of their creations. A deleted color will still show in any palette or pattern, but will no longer have a name and will simply display the HEX value.

Palettes. When you delete a palette it will remove the palette from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information.

Patterns. When you delete a pattern it will remove the pattern from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information.

Templates. When you delete a pattern template it will remove the template from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information. Any patterns colored in by other members will still exist on the site even after you delete the template, but no new version will be allowed to be created with the template.

*Gone But Never Forgotten*
Deleted content might still show up in search results in COLOURlovers for a brief time until our database runs it's regular updates to clear it out. Badges for your deleted creations will still exist, but the badge will be updated to show that the content has been removed, and the page for the creation will show that the creation has gone missing.


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Wow! This is great news! To all of you who help run this amazing website...THANK YOU!
A BIG Thank you for finally incorporating this into COLOURlovers! And Congratulations it's really well done.
Changing Your Content Licenses
To change the license for a specific color/palette/pattern/etc. you can click the "Edit" link above the license box in the right column. A window will open and allow you to change the license for that specific creation.

This is especially handy and impressive.

So, just one little clarification : If a CLer chooses the ARR option as their default license are they still extending COLOURlovers.com a commercial license or will CL also have to ask the user permission to use their content in promotional materials etc.?
...clearly stating that you own everything you create here... but that you give us a commercial license to also use your content (without this we couldn't run the site or showcase your work in things like the Color Inspirations book).

All Rights Reserved
Nobody can use your creation without first getting your permission. This is the most protective license option. Ie, Selecting this license on a pattern template you've designed means that nobody else can color the template in. The license area for a creation with this license will link people to a page to send you a love-note to ask for permission to use the content.
Team
Answering questions that have popped up in the forums and consolidating them here:

i think that when i choose the "All Rights Reserved" license option, the "Download Options" should not be visible on the palette page.


If you set the license to ARR, the download options shouldn't be there. We'll update.

How "All Rights Reserved" are we talking here? Selecting that option, will lovers have to ask permission before using a palette each time they want to use it to create a pattern?


As I noted in the blog post... You can protect your arrangement of the colors along with the name you've selected for it and widths... ie, how we present the palette here on COLOURlovers. But you can't really own the combination of those colors. If somebody takes the colors from a palette and puts it into a pattern, that's technically a new work.

What happens if we delete a template that others have coloured? Does it show up on their page as broken?


When you delete a template it doesn't delete the versions that were colored by other members. But no new colored versions will be made.
Thank you!
...and what happens to deleted & used colors?
Team
@cstallions: So, just one little clarification : If a CLer chooses the ARR option as their default license are they still extending COLOURlovers.com a commercial license or will CL also have to ask the user permission to use their content in promotional materials etc.?


You extend a commercial license to us for everything uploaded to CL... If we didn't have that permission we couldn't host anything here.

With that being said, we won't abuse the privilege. If we do another book, or make some posters or cards, etc... Creations with ARR licenses won't be used. If for some reason we really want to use an ARR creations, we'll ask your permission.
Team
@ycc2016...and what happens to deleted & used colors?


They get added back to the pool for other lovers to name. The colors will stay in any palette or pattern they've been added to... just the name will change to the HEX code until another member names it.
This is awesome, thanks so much!
Awesomeness!! Thank you very much for the welcomed changes!!! ♥
Cool! =D
one more question: If someone delets an account - do all the colours also become free?

So - I can finally delete this old template:
Morning_Coffee_News
=P
... but this pattern will stay! right?
that's very cool! I like it! =D

COLOURlover wrote:
@ycc2016...and what happens to deleted & used colors?


They get added back to the pool for other lovers to name. The colors will stay in any palette or pattern they've been added to... just the name will change to the HEX code until another member names it.
Excelsior!

Nice work team CL.
hello. i am not in this industry, yet enjoy naming colors. my foolish notion that although colors exist to a computer, a bundle of colors without names (defaults) do not specifically exist, and the resulting composition is blurred. as example, i have watched the clarity of my avatar go in and out of focus during different color periods, over the past year. it is for this reason i enjoy naming colors. making money from this would be good, but i do not wish to change my status. i can not understand if i am to select ARR and you have commercial license, what would be my advantage? i understand it to only relate to pattern templates, and those alone would require time answering love requests. it will not apply to colors, so i will not have to answer 1,000 color requests. is there any advantage to ARR to me, in my future? i can not see if with this change it would be to my advantage to select ARR now.
Team
@rollzone

The rights management is most easy to understand with regards to the pattern templates... as Palettes & Colors are harder to protect the rights too.

As mentioned above:
Technically you can't own the rights to a color (despite some large corporations trying to copyright their specific branding colors). All 16 million colors already exist, we're just allowing you all to come up with clever names to associate with those colors. For now, all color names on COLOURlovers will continue to have our default (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license.


Meaning, you can't set a license of ARR for colors... if somebody did this then another member couldn't use that color in a palette or pattern.

If you just use the site casually, then it probably makes sense not to change your license as the default is both fair protection to you and permits others to remix, use your creations so long as they give you credit.

The whole spirit of COLOURlovers is about sharing your ideas and inspirations... ARR is a little counter-productive to this idea as it means others can't use your creations... but in order to fully respect your rights as the content creators we felt it was appropriate to give you this option... I would hope people continue to share with Creative Commons licenses.
Wow! Thank You
COLOURlover wrote:
ARR is a little counter-productive to this idea as it means others can't use your creations...


Agree and those 'Whoops! The Template you selected is not available for coloring due to license restrictions." are quit annoying - specially if there's a lot in a row.
Are there plans to remove them from the public database? from the "pattern colorizor" as we can't use them anyway?

I respect ARR but I won't encourage... I even feel that it's going to influence my judgement. I may not click love the same way. Hard to ignore things like this.
Petty when ppl have been abused and start to get paranoid and over-protect themselves. - understandably.
Team
@ycc2106, where would you find "a lot of these in a row?"

They shouldn't be showing up in the pattern coloring tool... but sometimes might still show briefly as we update the cache for the database.
Wow this is amazing! I definitely have some deleting & coloring to do! ^.^
Well done. I feel better educated and I'm also especially pleased that i can delete patterns i don't like :)
this is really amazing :)
Thanks Darius (ColourLover)! This is excellent. It looks as though a lot of careful thought was given to this in the interest of doing the right thing. ~ ketisse
Great updates!
What about Templates?
This is my license by default:
Credit must be given to Verub.
Commercial use is not allowed
Derivative works are allowed, but must be shared with this license.

Then my question is: suppose you choose one of my templates, and you by default has a free commerce license, your pattern will be a free commerce or it will be respect my license "commercial use is not allowed"?

Thanks for keep improving the website!
To COLOURlover

If I Want To Get Back To This Site Where Do Can I Find It?
Thanks And Have A Great Day!
V^@^V
oh so they're not supposed to be there!
Not physically in a row - I had like 3 on 1-2 'pages' - but I clicked on them, nearly in a row ^^'
Thanks!

COLOURlover wrote:
@ycc2106, where would you find "a lot of these in a row?"

They shouldn't be showing up in the pattern coloring tool... but sometimes might still show briefly as we update the cache for the database.
You mean find this page again?
When I search for a blog article I use Google advanced search options and ask to search only colourlovers.com - like this
blog License site:http://www.colourlovers.com (3rd result)

and if I remember enough words used in the blog title, I simply search :
colourlovers.com blog rights management (1st result)

Nie Niez 1702 wrote:
To COLOURlover

If I Want To Get Back To This Site Where Do Can I Find It?
Thanks And Have A Great Day!
V^@^V
Thanks a lot for the very clear and informative article (these things usually go into such levels that for a non-native English speaker (even though I'm a law student) the whole concept is just a blur). Oh, and all-in-all, fantastic updates! You really know how to run a website :)

So, let's see if I'm right here (I don't care about the ARR as I won't be using it):
If I choose the "free for commercial use" option, it's basically up for grabs for anyone even without asking me, as long as they have me credited somewhere? If I don't have that option chosen, then everyone will first have to ask me? ... Although, it says that "commercial use is not allowed", but I don't mind that, I'd just like for a little question first (not that anyone is going to use my stuff, of course).

The derivative option is mainly for templates, and having that basically means that when someone makes a pattern out of it, and I have chosen that it "can be used only with the same options", it means that they must ask both me and the pattern creator (if that's how I've chosen) before they can use it? Or if it's free for commercial use, then the pattern must also be?

What about if *we* want to use something we made here, commercially? Or, say - using an example I had a year or two back, in a design contest (this was RYZ shoe design back when they still had steady open-design contests)?
Just signed up for an account, posted up my first scheme, and love this site!! Where has it been all my life? :)

Thanks!
I finally am able to delete my F-ups! YES!! Thank you, lovers! <3
Saaahwheet!
I'm so glad we can finally delete templates! UGH! I have some I'm embarressed to admit I created.
I don't think we should be rejoicing about being able to delete templates we don't like. What we think is rubbish is someone else's masterpiece, and keeping your mistakes lets you learn from them in the future. I won't be deleting any of mine, even though there are some that I wince at when I look at them. You never know when inspiration will strike...
Apparently, many people want the ability to do this and I think it has been handled in the best possible way. While I see my creations that didn't turn out the way I wanted as learning experiences. others see them as the troll who is guarding the bridge to perfection.
If deleting a template gets the troll out of the way, I guess the ColourLover will be happier and freer to create to their own high standards.
My observation is that others are not paying such close attention but when they do, one ColourLover's clunker is often seen as a masterpiece (much to that ColourLover's bewilderment).
krakabom wrote:
I don't think we should be rejoicing about being able to delete templates we don't like. What we think is rubbish is someone else's masterpiece, and keeping your mistakes lets you learn from them in the future. I won't be deleting any of mine, even though there are some that I wince at when I look at them. You never know when inspiration will strike...

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