Clipart Licensing Restrictions
Even if a clipart image is approved for commercial use, there may still be restrictions regarding how you can incorporate the image into your book.
One common restriction for clipart used in desktop publishing projects is a clause prohibiting you from using images to imply endorsement or association with a specific service or activity. This applies to representations of identifiable individuals, as well as clipart images of logos, emblems, or trademarks.
Many clipart licensing agreements have clauses preventing you from using images for projects that could be classified as inappropriate. If your book deals with sex, drugs, violence, or other highly controversial topics, this could be an important consideration. In addition, if your book deals with a topic that could be considered defamatory, such as an unauthorized biography of a famous person, you may not be allowed to use certain clipart images as part of your illustrations.
Example: You wouldn't be able to use a clipart drawing of President Obama to imply that he has given personal approval to your book.