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Are Map Resources Maps "Copyright Free"?

People often ask us if we sell "Copyright Free Maps".  

We allow our users to put their own copyright notice (©) on the maps they make using our digital map files, along with Map Resources copyright. So if you need maps for a book, web site, broadcast, or other media project which you need to copyright, you can go ahead and use our maps as part of your product, and still copyright the final product as your own work.

The copyright notice should read ©[your company], map portion ©Map Resources.
If you use the map in materials that do not include any copyright, then you do not need to include the Map Resources copyright.

We use the licensing term "Royalty-Free" to describe our license because it is the standard legal term to mean that our license only requires a fixed payment for virtually unlimited use for a single customer, and never requires additional usage-based royalty payments for additional uses. This is distinct from "Rights Managed" licensing in which you pay different license fees for different uses, for example paying higher fees for larger print runs, for using the map on a cover, printing the map at a larger size, or if you use the same map again in additional uses (such as web, video, or broadcast, etc.)  Our Royalty-Free license never requires you to pay such additional use fees.

Licensing graphic content is an important issue, and we have made it as easy for you as possible by offering a wide selection of royalty free maps online. You can use our maps in print, web, multi-media, and even some for-sale commercial products for a single flat fee, which includes our standard Royalty Free License. Additional per-piece usage fees are not due, for as long as you want to use the map.

Our standard license agreement allows our customers to use the map in print, web, multi-media, and even some commercial product uses, for a single flat fee. For other uses, such as broadcasting and map resales products, you can purchase an Extended Use License.
Regardless of whether you use the Standard RF License, or an Extended Use License, per-piece usage fees (royalties) are never due.