Resources in Your Content

Third Party Content is anything that comes from a source other than Tuts+, or yourself.

You will regularly have to deal with third party content as you create a tutorial or course, and it's important to understand what type of content can be used as-is, and which you should receive permission to use before submitting.

Accepted Types of Content

There are certain types of third party content that you don't need to seek permission to use (providing you follow a few basic guidelines):

  • Creative Commons (CC) Content
    At Tuts+ we are free to use any CC work that allows commercial use. Any other types of CC license do not cover the way in which we use the content, so you must specifically use CC content that allows commercial usage.
  • GPL Code

Free Stock Photography

If you want to use stock photography, we prefer that you use Creative Commons images that are free for commercial use. If you use Creative Commons imagery that is not free for commercial use, then we won't be able to use the photos.

  1. Stock.xchng (Our Preferred Site)
  2. Our article recommending "30 Free Stock & Design Resources"
  3. CG Textures

Purchasing Stock Photography

If you can't find a stock photo that is free and need to purchase stock photography for your tutorial or course, we can do that for you with some restrictions. We can only purchase photography from a limited number of sites.

  1. Envato Elements (Preferred)
  2. PhotoDune

If you would like us to purchase an image for you, please contact your editor.

Asking Permission to Use Photography

In some instances, you might want to ask permission from a photographer to use their work in your tutorial or course. While we would prefer not to have to do this, we are willing if there are no other photos available. In order to seek permission, you must have your editor contact the original author on your behalf. Please discuss this with your editor before you use the asset in your work.

Using Commercial Fonts

We encourage you to use freely available fonts in your tutorials and courses wherever possible, as it makes it simpler for readers to follow along. You can use commercial fonts, but:

  1. You must own a license to use the font
  2. You must link to the font on a reputable store in your tutorial (e.g. fonts.com)

Other Types of Content Requiring Permission

There will be instances where you may want to use a piece of third party content, but are unsure of whether it has a suitable license.

In this case, you need to ask the owner of the content for permission to use it. You'll need to discuss this with your editor.

Questions? The Copyright Hub Has The Answers

For more information on how to make sure you have the necessary permission to use third party resources, visit The Copyright Hub. Here you can find detailed answers for how to include various types of resources while respecting the wishes of the original creator.

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