Does Canva Own My Designs?

Canva is a popular graphic design platform that allows users to create their own designs and customize existing templates. Users can upload their own images, use free images provided by Canva, and purchase premium images if desired.

With its easy-to-use interface and vast library of elements, it’s no wonder why Canva is so popular with both novice and experienced designers alike.

But the question remains: if you create something on Canva, does Canva own your designs? The answer is complicated. Canva’s Terms of Service state that “when you upload content to Canva, you grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, publish and communicate your content.” In other words, while you maintain ownership of your design, Canva has the right to use it as they please.

However, this does not mean that Canva can take your design without permission or credit. If a user discovers that their design has been used without permission or credit given, they can reach out to the Customer Support team for assistance. Additionally, all users retain the right to remove their content from the platform at any time if they no longer wish for it to be used.

Canva also offers Pro subscribers the option to opt out of having their designs shared with other users in the community library. This ensures that only those who have explicitly given permission will be able to access or use these designs.


In conclusion, while users maintain ownership over any designs they create on Canva platform and have complete control over how they are shared or used by others on the platform; it is important for them to understand that by uploading content onto the platform they are granting Canva a non-exclusive license to use it at their discretion.