Envato Elements License Terms
An Item is not permitted to be used as part of an End Product where the primary component or value of the End Product is the Item itself.
You are not permitted to distribute an Item “as-is”, or otherwise make the Item available in its original form with only superficial changes, or minimal changes.
If the Item is a piece of music, the value of the End Product must not be predominantly derived from the music and instead, the value must stem from a combination of the music and other audio-visual elements. If it’s likely that people will click on the video to just listen to the music, it’s likely that the video is in breach of the license terms.
You would not be permitted to distribute or broadcast the ambient music as part of a Youtube video where that video is simply a single image or compilation of images with the music overlayed over the visual, with the title “Relaxing Music for Work”. In this instance, the music track would be the primary component as the user is seeking relaxing music to listen to and the video component is secondary.
Can I edit music items I download from Envato Elements?
Yes, you can. However, you cannot release music (even edited) as a music track. It must form a part of a larger project that is not merely a music track.
Do I need to relicense an item each time I use it?
Yes, you do. You need a license for each end project. This ensures contributors are paid for your usage of each asset & you and your clients have the legal right to use the item. Envato Elements Relicense Items instruction
In relation to YouTube it means: You need separate license for every video. You can’t use one “Elements license” on all videos. The Envato Elements license does not have a series policy. If you need to use a multi-use license, check out Envato AudioJungle whose license allows up to 52 episodes per year with one license.
Can I use music items for TV/Broadcast?
No, your Envato Elements subscription does not allow you to use music items for Broadcast use. Pursuant to our license terms, ‘Broadcast’ means:
- Traditional television or radio broadcast (e.g. terrestrial, cable or satellite TV, broadcast radio); or
- Mobile or online substitutes for traditional television or radio broadcast (e.g. mobile TV, IPTV streaming TV or video-on-demand, and streaming radio).
Your Envato Elements subscription does allow you to use music items for Indie Films, being a film not for general theatrical or broadcast use.
If you would like to use a music item for a broadcast project, you can purchase AudioJungle music items - with a suitable license for such use.
Can I create an End Product that is a music track from songs on Envato Elements?
No, you cannot create an End Product that is a music track with songs from Envato Elements.
Can I use music items downloaded from the Envato Elements library in YouTube videos?
This depends on how the music is used in the YouTube video. The value of the End Product (i.e. the video) must not be predominantly derived from the music; instead, the value of the End Product must stem from the combination of the music and the visual (as well as any other elements). If it’s likely that people will be clicking on the video mainly to listen to the music, it is likely that this video is in breach of the license.
Do I need to credit the author of the item?
No, it is not mandatory to give the author credit. But we do encourage that if your end product has credits as part of its design (such as a film or TV show), please credit the author and Envato. Also, as the author retains ownership of the item, you should not claim copyright.
Trademark & Copyright
Can I trademark something I have created using an Envato Elements item? (eg: a Logo)
This is not allowed. Your license for Envato Elements items is non-exclusive, meaning you cannot trademark an asset created using an item.
Can I claim complete ownership and authorship of something I have created using an Envato Elements item?
You cannot claim ownership or authorship for any item included in the end product that uses those items.
You are not permitted to claim any trademark or service mark rights for the End Product.
Music Item special terms
3. For Items other than fonts and add-ons, a Single Use is the use of the Item to create an End Product (requiring an application of skill and effort) in one of the following ways:
b. For an Item that is an audio item, the End Product is a sync of the music with an audio-visual or audio-only work that incorporates the Item as well as other things, so that it is larger in scope and different in nature than the Item.
9. You can modify or manipulate an Item, or combine the Item with other works, to suit your End Product. The resulting works created using the Item are subject to the terms of this license. You can do the things allowed in this clause as long as the End Product you then create using an Item is one that’s permitted under clause 3.
19. For music Items, the rights granted under this license are subject to the following restrictions:
d. The original author of the Item retains ownership of the Item. You can’t claim ownership of the Item, even if modified in accordance with this agreement, for example through content identification systems.
Example: if you use a music track synced in your video, you can’t claim rights to the music (e.g. through applying “Content ID” or similar systems to the music in your video).
28. The owner of each Item (the item author) retains ownership. You can’t claim ownership of an Item, even if modified under clause 9, for example through content identification systems.
Additional: AudioJungle license FAQ
Can I use music in an audio-only end product such as a podcast, audiobook, or guided meditation?
Yes, as long as the audio-only end product is larger in scope and different in nature than the music itself. As a rule of thumb, the music alone must not comprise the primary value of the end product, and should have speech overlayed and interspersed throughout. You can never distribute the music track as-is or with superficial modifications.
Example: You can use a relaxing music background to underscore your guided meditation voiceover recordings, and sell a CD of this to your spa customers.
Can I use an AJ track in a stand-alone music track? What about sound effects?
You may not use music in stand-alone music tracks, but you could use sound effects in a music track.
Example: You can't add lyrics to an audio track and sell it on iTunes
Envato generates licenses and creates conditions for their use. Elite Alliance monitors compliance with the conditions. An author is engaged only in content creation and takes only indirect participation in management. Hundreds of projects with my content are released every week, I cannot know and physically control them all. That's what a rights management agency is for.
When opening a dispute, claims are hidden from the author, I’ve no idea what is happening in the background until (IF) a manager contacts me regarding a specific request.
If a dispute has been opened, only an Elite Alliance manager can remove a claim.