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  • Matt, I've always like PDFlib but get confused every time I read the license. I'd be interested in your take of what you can and can't do...
    • by Matts (1087) on 2002.02.12 5:35 (#4371) Journal
      What do you want to do with it? If you want to distribute commercial software based on pdflib, you have to buy it. Otherwise you can use the free version as much as you like. At least that's my take on it, and I'm pretty sure that's the intention of the license.
      • Re:PDFlib (Score:2, Informative)

        We had a discussion with the authors, which
        basically led to us removing the software from
        our machines. The apparently unlimited server
        or unlimited copies deal cannot be mixed in their
        eyes. Since we wanted to install it on 31
        locations in commercial servers, they wanted
        a rather large amount of money.
        • The license covers only instances of use of PDFLib where you're not charging money for something that includes PDFLib, be it a program or a web service. It sounds to me like you're talking about an internal app (albeit on a large scale), and the license explicitly states "to a third party". But I guess I'm no lawyer, and the license does have some bad "smells" to it.

          But sure, if you're making money off pdflib, I guess you have to pay.