As an author at Codeaz, you have the opportunity to create and license your original content to our global customer base. This means that there are legal responsibilities associated with licensing items through Codeaz platforms that you need to adhere to, so we can ensure that we keep our community safe and respectful.
It is your responsibility to ensure you carry out the correct legal arrangements and consents for your projects in order to protect both yourself and others, including following any applicable laws, tax & financial requirements, our user terms and author agreement, along with any guidelines or policies set.
Respect and protection for intellectual property (IP) and the work of others is at the core of these responsibilities. Intellectual property is a complex area of the law and covers a whole range of things like copyright, trademarks, design and patents, among others.
There are many types of IP but as an author, there are some specific areas that would be especially relevant to your items and the assets used within your items, so please review the articles linked below:
Copyright: This gives the author or creator of an original work the exclusive right to do certain things with that original work. They have the right to choose if anyone else can use, adapt or resell their work and have the right to be credited for that work. This means that you need to ensure that your item, and anything included within it, is not taken from elsewhere unless you have an appropriate license to do so. This includes third party assets like images or fonts that are included within your item or it’s preview and description. You must make sure that you have properly licensed all assets you are using within your individual item(s).
You can also read more on what copyright is, how copyright can be infringed and common pitfalls in Copyright 101.
Model and Property Releases: This is a legal document signed by the person (model release) or the property owner (property release) of a photograph or video or other image, granting permission to use or publish the subject in one form or another.
When uploading footage or photographs that depict recognizable human beings or identifiable buildings, you must obtain and attach a signed release form (see where you attach it in the Upload Instructions). You must also retain a copy of a photo ID for the model so that the signature on the model release form can be verified. View an example list of internationally recognized buildings requiring a property release, sample releases and the risks of liability related to uploading an item without the appropriate releases in the Model Release Policy.
Trademarks & Real-World Products: A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that is legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. A real world product is a reference to a real-world thing, like a car or a tablet or even a shoe.
You may want to use one or both in your items, however this can be a complex area of intellectual property and there are different rules for assets in item previews (these assets don’t get distributed to your customers, they are for preview purposes only) and assets in item download (refers to assets that are included in the download of the file).
You can use trademarked words in your item previews if they are describing factually what your item is, or how a customer could use your item. Similarly, a logo in your item preview could show what platforms your item works with.
In most cases, a real world product cannot be the focus of an item. This is because Codeaz does not offer editorial licenses, and you may be infringing the intellectual property of someone else.
View more on the rules and exceptions in the Trademark and Real World Product Rules or dig deeper into the Trademark Guidelines for Item types,, which illustrates the rules of using trademarks, logos and real-world products in your items.
There is much more information to do with intellectual property but these are the core concepts that you need to be familiar with regardless of what content-type you are selling or which site - these areas apply to all authors. For more information on the specific areas outlined above, you can also click on the linked articles.