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Is Paint.net free for commercial use?

I have an interest in implementing this as an alternative to Photoshop. I did a quick search on the forums and FAQ but I was unable to find any topics covering this issue.

Depends really. You can use it under the terms of the MIT license, but by the looks of it your making this sound more like advertising.......

Edit by Rick: Fixed "MTK lisence" to be "MIT license"

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You can find a copy of the licence from both the Download page:

http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

...and the Help Documentation (accessible by pressing F1 whilst in Paint.NET):

http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/en/License.html

It confirms what barkbark00 just said.

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  • 2 months later...

From the general information on the website I am getting the 'legal standing' for this software is 'personal use only' with no commercial applications and no method to purchase a commercial copy, even by donation.

Hopefully I am wrong and this isn't a waste of company time.

Can I, at work, use paint.net to edit graphics for a paying customer?

I do not want to sell paint.net, I do not want to sell a PC with paint.net installed, I do not want to sell a software CD with paint.net on it, I only want to edit commercial images with paint.net.

Thanks!

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Bottom line: You can use it in a commercial setting. No problem.

Eeep.. Well I showed this post to our in-house software cop and he looked at the license and said "no, this license says no commercial use and it does not clearly define commercial use."!

So I have to use paint .. pixel by pixel or find a program with a better license and expense it. That seems so wrong. :(

If I can get a donation for the software, atleast $20US, could someone work on the license definition?

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Eeep.. Well I showed this post to our in-house software cop and he looked at the license and said "no, this license says no commercial use and it does not clearly define commercial use."!

So I have to use paint .. pixel by pixel or find a program with a better license and expense it. That seems so wrong. :(

If I can get a donation for the software, atleast $20US, could someone work on the license definition?

Paint.NET is indeed free for commercial use.

The license has limitations on using some of the built-in resource assets, like the icons you see in the Paint.NET menus and toolbars, but not use of the software itself. And, the license does not "legally infect" any files you create or modify with Paint.NET.

The Paint.NET Blog: https://blog.getpaint.net/

Donations are always appreciated! https://www.getpaint.net/donate.html

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