The difference between a personal and commercial papercut template

So, you’ve just started papercutting and want to purchase some lovely templates, but you keep seeing ‘commercial’ and ‘personal’ use on the listings. So, what’s the difference between a personal and a commercial papercut template? We’ll try to explain…

Personal Papercut Template

A personal papercut template is just as it sounds… for personal use only. You cannot sell it or make any profit from it whatsoever, but you can keep it yourself or give it away as a gift.

Some designers will let you sell for charity with a personal template, but you’d have to ask them directly.

Most template designers will want to be credited too, so any pictures on social media should be tagged or hashtagged with the designer’s name.

If you are gifting the finished papercut, it would also be nice to include the designer’s name on the rear of the picture.

Commercial Papercut Template

Purchasing a commercial template, with licence, gives you the right to sell your finished papercuts.

However, it’s not always that simple. Some people will put a time limit on the sales, eg, you can only sell for one year from date of purchase, or you may be limited to only selling a set quantity of a certain design.

There’s also the issue of using the design on other products, such as mugs, T-Shirts etc. Most often you will absolutely not be allowed to use the papercut design for anything other than papercuts.

Again, most template designers will want to be credited, so any pictures on social media should be tagged or hashtagged with the designer’s name. If you are selling the finished papercut, you should also include the designer’s name on the rear of the picture.

Commercial templates are often more expensive than personal templates.

Whenever you do  purchase a commercial template, make sure you read the terms very carefully, as the last thing anyone wants is a legal battle in the future.

You must also know that having a commercial licence for a papercut template 99% of the time does not allow you to sell the template, only the finished product.

Before you purchase your papercut template, you need to decide which licence will suit you best…

If you’re just practising or want to give a gift, there’s no need to buy a template with a commercial licence, so you can save yourself a bit of cash. If you’re more serious and want to start selling your finished papercuts, then you’ll need a template with a commercial licence.

In doubt about what you need? Buy a commercial template!

Hope that helped. 🙂

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