I am failing to understand what things could be included in "commercial use".

I have downloaded a book that has a license that says:

This work is licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)” license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). Below is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license (https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode).

You are free to Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

  • Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

  • Non Commercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

  • Share Alike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

The information in this book is distributed on an “as is” basis, without warranty. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this work, neither the author(s) nor Symfony shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this work. If you find typos or errors, feel free to report them at support@symfony.com. This book is continuously updated based on user feedback.

I would like to upload it along with some documentation in my company's cloud, but I am not sure if that is a commercial use (somehow everything related to a company sounds commercial to me, since I am uneducated on the matter). Would this be the case? Thanks!

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    I’m voting to close this question because the CC "Non-commercial" licenses are not open source licenses; see our canonical question for details. Aug 4 at 10:36
  • Any advice on any other site of SE to publish? I'll delete after that.
    – S. Dre
    Aug 4 at 10:45
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    @S.Dre with respect, it's not our job to do your research for you. That said, I'd suggest waiting a bit. If this question gets enough close votes to be closed as off-topic, then you can do your own spadework, and ask around in other sites' metas before posting; but if it doesn't get closed, the community doesn't feel strongly enough to reject this question, so you don't have a problem. You might also want to read amon's excellent answer here, and see if it answers your question.
    – MadHatter
    Aug 4 at 10:50
  • Hi @MadHatter, I understand, but at least in SO we typically have a closure option in which we specify the possible correct place for the question, that's why I asked. I don't have trouble in researching myself, but I just asked out of routine
    – S. Dre
    Aug 4 at 11:04
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    There are several questions on law.stackexchange.com that talk about what is possibly meant by "commercial use". See e.g. law.stackexchange.com/questions/29086/… The answer probably depends on how you actually use it. If you put it on your company's cloud and just intend to use it for your own reference or education, maybe that'd be considered personal, not commercial use. If you put it on the company cloud and everyone may refer to it during development of a commercial product, maybe that'd be considered commercial use.
    – Brandin
    Aug 4 at 11:45


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