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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: FileForum, MajorGeeks, download.com, and 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 strictly prohibited.

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.

License
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.

Paint.NET
Copyright (C) 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! http://www.getpaint.net/donate.html

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 do so.

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, http://www.oxygen-icons.org/. 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 SOFTWARE.
 

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