Designs offered through the Silhouette Design Store are protected by copyright and are owned by Silhouette America or its licensors. All digital designs are available for personal use (See Section 4 of the Terms of Service). Some digital designs are also available for commercial use by purchasing a commercial license for the specific design in question.

What is a Commercial License?

A commercial license provides you with the ability to use the design within a commercialized setting, so long as the design is not being redistributed in any digital file format. 

For example, a commercial license provides allowance for the following:

  • Use the design to create physical projects that are in turn sold (i.e. a shirt with the design cut out of heat transfer vinyl and applied to the shirt)
  • Incorporate the design into a digitally created image that is used for the purpose of displaying the image commercially (i.e. part of an advertisement)

Commercial license owners may not in any way redistribute or sell files in any format containing the commercial license image. Commercial license options do not provide any rights to adjust files and then claim them as original creations, thus bypassing the original copyright holder's ownership and rights.

All Commercial License options include a personal use license and can freely be utilized for personal use, as well. If a commercial license is unavailable for a design, that design is strictly limited to personal use only

It is permissible for individuals to reproduce physical goods using personally licensed images for any individual, organization, or event, so long as it is not with the intent of re-sale purposes.

Commercial License Cost

The royalty-free license fee is a flat, one-time payment for Unlimited commercial use of the specific individual design. Pricing will vary based on the design type and other select factors.

Purchasing a Commercial License

To purchase a design for commercial use (whether or not you already own the personal use version): 

  1. Go to the Silhouette Design Store
  2. Search for the design in question
  3. Clicking on the design to view the details pop-up window
  4. Check the 'Commercial Use' box, if available

    NOTE: If the 'Commercial Use' box is greyed out, then a commercial license option is not avaialble for this design

  5. Add the design to your cart

  6. Proceed to check out

Commercial License Records

Click here to view commercial licenses that you own on your Silhouette account and have commercial use rights for.

Older Commercial Licenses

For limited-use commercial licenses purchased before January 2018, the following terms apply: 

Commercial License options may be available for 1) producing up to 100 units, 2) producing up to 1,000 units, and c) an unlimited option, which allows you to produce an unlimited number of units for commercial purposes.

For instance, if you plan to produce 50 scrapbook page kits using a design from the Silhouette Design Store, you would need to purchase the commercial license allowing "Up to 100" units. If you plan to produce 150 units, you would need to purchase the license type allowing "Up to 1,000". 

You can always upgrade older commercial licenses to the current default unlimited use option by following the steps above.