How do you distinguish between Commercial use and Academic use?

Academic use covers teaching in class and writing a Bachelor or Master thesis.

The following activities by academics are considered Commercial use and are not covered by Academic use:

  • A university professor gives a training to industry participants. This is Commercial use, since it enables the professor to charge a fee for the course, or to sell a research project to the company. Please note that it does not matter if the professors does charge a fee or does sell a project.
  • A Master thesis or PhD student works on a topic for a company. This is Commercial use, since the company will benefit from the findings, and the student raises his profile to get employed by the company after graduation.
  • A university professor, chair or department members participate in a research project for an industrial partner. The project requires a Commercial license.
  • A university professor, chair or department members participate in a publicly funded research project. The project requires a Commercial license.

These activities are typically considered Academic use:

  • A university teacher (professor or PhD student) prepares examples, exercises and Powerpoint slides for teaching in class, group exercises, or student homework.
  • A PhD student works on a purely academic project, without involvement of an industry partner. Check the answer to this question how we handle this case.

During Academic use, we reserve the right to monitor your usage. As agreed in the EULA, we are entitled to charge you 150% of the price for the nearest-fit commercial license, if we detect the commercial usage of an Academic license.

If your use case is not listed on this page, or you are still in doubt, send us an email to support@cc-api.com for a legally binding answer in your case.