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Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

October 18, 2019 - 5:55am #1

Hello,

im asking this question since I've read several conflicting answers on the topic of the "free" licence and/or development without a licence.

I work for a small non-profit organisation in the educational sector, which would like to develop a small application, that would be installed on about a dozen tablets for educational purposes.

It would be developed with Andorid Studio (since Unity does not have a free licence for non-school, non-profit organisations...) and will use the Image tracking feature, albeit with a maximum of a few dozen images.

My question:

Can I develop this App with the free development licence / or without the use of any licence at all?



I found this:

"You can also deploy Unity apps that take advantage of our Ground Plane, Device Tracker and Stereo Rendering features for free without a License Key."

Which does not apply, since I'm not able to use Unity. And then i found this comment from the Vuforia Engine Suipport:

"My understanding is that an app that is only for consumer use and has less than 1,000 app installs can be distributed in app stores with a Development license"

But I can't find any clarification in the Vuforia developer agreement or on the pricing site.



Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance!

Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

May 20, 2020 - 5:57am #8

Hi,

The term, is covered in our https://developer.vuforia.com/legal/vuforia-developer-agreement, search for publishing.

I guess after reading the above, you will have more questions :) so I will try to provide some advice. 

I would say whatever falls into the category of Product Development cycle would be ok to share.

For example you have a team of 10 people working on the app and installing it on different devices to test it etc. This is certainly allowed and recommended. Do you want to send your customer the apk file to show him the progress/ for him to the test it. Yes. You share your app with friends for feedback, also ok.

The key is not to abuse it. If you are saying you have a testing team made out of 200 people, that's not going to fly ;)

Hope this helps.

Vuforia Engine Support

P.S. In regards to your initial post/use-case please visit our new academic offering, https://www.ptc.com/en/academic-program/academic-products, maybe they can provide a free license for that use-case.

 

Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

October 24, 2019 - 1:40pm #7

Hi @mcotora - thanks for getting back to me. I looked at the FAQ and see what it is saying but it also doesn't really answer my question so I'll see if I can word it better:

With the free license can you share .apk files made with Unity to people who want to see what you have made so you can demo/showcase projects - not ones published to any storefront but rather "here is a cool thing I made check it out"

In terms of this question, what constitutes "publishing"?

Thanks

Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

October 23, 2019 - 4:52am #6

Thank you!  I'll do that.

Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

October 23, 2019 - 2:57am #5

Hi @matijf,

Unfortunately I don't know how to interpret it, my advice would be to contact https://engine.vuforia.com/contact/contact-sales

Thank you.

Vuforia Engine Support

Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

October 23, 2019 - 2:16am #4

Hi @mcotora,

thank you for answering Room40West`s question, but unfortunately your answer doesn't cover my problem.



We do not intend to provide an Apk download. The App won't be available for the public, and will only be installed on a small number of devices, which belong to the non-profit organisation.

Does this mean it's neither published nor commercialized?

 

Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

October 22, 2019 - 1:42am #3

Hi @Room4West

Under https://library.vuforia.com/content/vuforia-library/en/articles/FAQ/Pricing-and-Deployment-Plans.html we have the section Can I create an app at no charge? which I believe covers your questions.

Thank you.

Vuforia Engine Support

Non-commercial use in educational sector with development license/without a licence?

October 19, 2019 - 10:29am #2

I Have a similar question (I hope you don't mind me adding on to this thread matijf - if you do I will delete and make my own):

 

As a hobbyist learning Vuforia to get a job in AR, does the free license permit me to show my work to family/friends/employers by sharing an .apk file made using Unity/Vuforia if it is a non commercial or demo application? Having to pay for the license just to be able to share small projects (not on the app store) kind of puts Vuforia out of my reach at the moment.

 

Thanks.

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