I'm a developer (startup) and I'm working in a few healthcare projects, I prefer Highcharts for data visualization.

My questions are as follows:

1. Why does one purchase a license when one can use Highcharts for free?

2. I will be one among 1,000,000 people using Highcharts, so how does Highcharts (company) spot me as a person violating their laws/terms of service?

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    this question is not about free/open source software
    – Zimm i48
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 19:08

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There is a free version of Highcharts, but it primarily pertains to personal (non-commercial) use. The most obvious answer to your first question is: because it's the law. Highcharts licenses their software for certain entities to use, so without obtaining the necessary license, you would be in violation of the applicable law. (I'm not a lawyer, so don't take this as legal advice.)

As for your second question, if you used their software without the correct license, they would probably only find out if someone informed them. The license requires neither a key nor activation, so there's no real registering of your usage of it.

I would strongly recommend purchasing the necessary license, rather than trying to use the software illegally for free. The "High-five License" is a very affordable option, but being a startup, if you contact their sales team, they may be able to work with you on pricing.

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