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1Nina [Avatar]
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Hi all,

This is a post in connection with
http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/25/41557.page

Through the years, the question on commercial use has come up
many, many times. Answers from CL corners seem to be slightly different from time to time,
so “confusion” may be the right word to use on the matter- and it seems to stay as such.

asg;

I talked to Cyberlink and they did indicate that I cannot produce anything from Cyberlink software and sell it.


( I highlighted "indicate")

A few things change back and forth with the releases. Earlier, the slogan for Director Suite
had “professionals” attached to it. Now, it is “experts”.
Barry (The Crab) has been one to contact CL more than once on the matter.
I think he has more than one answer to offer, should he chime in.
(For him to chime in, the heading on the thread should have changed a little, since it
seems to have wandered a bit off topic - hence this "new topic".)

Kevin64;

As I recall from a past thread--and maybe my memory is not accurate--CyberLink used to tell people that
commercial use was okay. It makes me wonder if they paid the licensing fees before and now they don't.


Kevin64 has got his memory right.
Answer that commercial use was okay has been given earlier. Again, Barry will have records of this, I think.
What has possibly changed is just guessing- but it may have to do with money spent on CL’s part?

Nina

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SoNic67 [Avatar]
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Nina, two people already called CL (because they didn't believe me) and got the SAME answer - EULA is correct, you cannot legally use PowerDirector for any commercial work (as in getting paid for your products).
You could however acquire the needed licenses personally (for the video containers you put your material in - either MPEG2, MPEG4 or AVC h264).

Or get a NLE that is made for the commercial market - as in Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere CC.
There is no free lunch, a cheaper product is cheaper for a reason...

I will try to dig up the callers:
http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/15/41557.page#214609

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1Nina [Avatar]
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Well, my point is, I guess, that this "issue" seems to have been "solved"
in contradicted ways over the years.
I don't dispute any EULA, just pointing out there's apparently been changes.

Nina

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BarryTheCrab [Avatar]
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I would certainly consider paying a small premium for the commercial use rights.
As for the codec fees, they do not look very imposing.
I've only had 3 projects on television, and that was some time ago, and nobody at the station asked me about any codec rights.

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SoNic67 [Avatar]
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Well, PD12 and PD 13 have the same EULA. I doubt that at any point there was a difference, but I don't have a way to verify that.

Now, that would be a good idea, CL to offer commercial licensing for codecs for an extra fee...
It would keep price low for home users like me and make the commercial users feel fuzzy and warm about their product legality.
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