Frequently Asked Questions about Licensing
Can I use Paint.NET for business, commercial,
school, or government use? Or is it only free for "personal" use?
Yes, you may use it for business, commercial, school, and
government use -- the Paint.NET application is free for all of these
purposes (and also for personal use). You may install it on as
many systems as you'd like, although we do request and appreciate a
donation to support our ongoing development
costs. The main restriction is that you may not modify the Paint.NET
software itself (e.g. change the name, add/remove features, "don't
modify the DLL or EXE files"), and as a corollary you may not distribute
modified copies of Paint.NET.
I run a website where I mirror lots of
freeware programs; may I also mirror Paint.NET?
Yes, so long
as you do not charge for access to your website, you may absolutely do
this. Redistribution of Paint.NET is permitted so long as it is
free-of-charge. For examples of this, see:
Softpedia (to name a few).
However, please note that you may not
redistribute plugins (from
the forum) unless you have permission from the plugin's author(s)
(this is just to respect standard copyright law, and is not an extra
restriction we are imposing on you).
May I include Paint.NET on a cover CD/DVD that
is included in the magazine I'm publishing?
Yes, in general,
you may do this so long as you are not charging extra due to the
inclusion of Paint.NET.
Can I use the Paint.NET libraries (DLLs) in my
own software or application?
No. Paint.NET is only licensed
for use as an application, and any use of Paint.NET in other software is
Why does the website refer to Creative
Commons? Is Paint.NET licensed under Creative Commons?
Creative Commons only covers the website contents, and not the Paint.NET
software itself which is covered by the license that is printed below.
Before using Paint.NET, you must accept
the License Agreement as part of the setup process. The license is as
follows, and should be perused.
dotPDN LLC and Rick Brewster. Portions Copyright (C) Chris Crosetto,
Tom Jackson, Michael Kelsey, Brandon Ortiz, Craig Taylor, Chris
Trevino, and Luke Walker. All Rights Reserved.
Paint.NET is a registered
trademark of dotPDN LLC.
Paint.NET is free for use in any
environment, including but not necessarily limited to: personal,
academic, commercial, government, business, non-profit, and
for-profit. "Free" in the preceding sentence means that there is no
cost or charge associated with the installation and use of
Paint.NET. Donations are always appreciated, of course!
Permission is hereby
granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this
software (the "Software"), to use the Software without restriction,
including the rights to use, copy, publish, and distribute the
Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to
You may not modify, adapt, rent, lease, loan, sell, or
create derivative works based upon the Software or any part thereof.
However, certain icons used in the Paint.NET user interface are from
or adapted from those in the "Crystal" icon set,
http://www.everaldo.com/crystal/, or the "Oxygen" icon set,
These icons are covered by the LGPL license,
http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/lesser.html. These icons are stored as
"loose" PNG image files in the Resources\en-US\ directory where
Paint.NET is installed.
The above copyright notice and this
permission notice shall be included in all copies of the Software.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND
NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS
BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN
ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN
CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE