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As the title says, can I use the output, a jpeg image, of a software which states it can be downloaded free of charge for academic, government, nonprofit, and personal use, but which requires a licence for commercial users, in an art project that may be sold for profit? In short, does this make me a commercial users, as the license form specifically requires company information.

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  • It depends, most likely. Which licence? – MadHatter May 14 at 5:48
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    We cannot tell without knowing the license terms, and the question might be off topic if the license is not an open-source license. – Bart van Ingen Schenau May 14 at 8:42
  • The vendor of the software can usually explain you their license. free-of-charge does not mean open-source. – planetmaker May 14 at 9:16
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If you use the program to create something you want to sell (and do so by using said program in the way it is supposed to be used, not e.g. just to show it's colorful splash screen on some computer in the background)), I'd say that is clearly commercial use. No, "the image created is a tiny part/will be licensed separatately for free" probably won't cut it.

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