BotDetect CAPTCHA: General Licensing Info

Licenses by Status and Type

Contemporary Licenses
Retired Licenses
  • Retired since 2019/XX:

    BDC r4 will continue being licensed under those Licenses -- so it can be used by their existing Licensees. Not sold anymore.

Discontinued Licenses
  • Discontinued altogether:

    BotDetect is not licensed under them ever since the very first BDC r4 release.

  • Discontinued as standalone:

    It is still included in the Developer and OEM Licenses. It will be replaced with the 'SaaS Use Rights' clauses -- and discontinued altogether in one of the upcoming releases.

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Contemporary Licenses

Enterprise License

Enterprise License covers:
  • Using BotDetect on an unlimited number of websites (sub-domains) on an unlimited number of domains assuming that you own both all the domains and all of the websites (sub-domains) on which BotDetect is being used.

    For example, using BotDetect on forms on: www.yourdomain.com, yourdomain.com, fr.yourdomain.com, www.yourbrand1.com, and blogs.yourbrand2.com requires a single Enterprise License.

Enterprise License does NOT cover:
  • The right to use BotDetect on websites (sub-domains) that are given / sold / rented to third parties, or used by third parties.

    Example 1) Purchasing the Enterprise License will not allow Atlassian to embed BotDetect in its 'Jira-as-a-service' on either user5.atlassian.com or jira.user5.com sites.

    To cover for such an use either Atlassian needs a license that includes the Shared-Hosting rights; what both the Developer and OEM licenses do -- or the 'User5' needs the Enterprise License.

    Example 2) Purchasing the Enterprise License will not allow Atlassian to embed BotDetect in its 'Jira-as-a-software'; and then license the 'Jira-as-a-software' to the 'User5'.

    To cover for such an use either Atlassian needs a license that includes the Distribution rights; what both the Developer and OEM licenses do -- or the 'User5' needs the Enterprise License.

Blueprint License

Blueprint License covers:
  • Enterprise License

  • Full BotDetect Source Code

    This allows you to be compliant with various internal security policies and/or external security regulations requiring you to have access to the source code of the deployed software.

    It also allows you to make source code modifications necessary to meet your website requirements, and deploy the resulting modified runtime components on your websites.

Developer License

Developer License includes:
  • Blueprint License

  • Shared Hosting License (Enterprise Version)

    You do not pay any fees for hosting on your shared-servers your customers' websites containing unmodified Enterprise Version of BotDetect on either your customers' (sub)domains or your customers' subdomains on your own domain

    To put it simply, it allows you to deliver your application containing unmodified Enterprise Version of BotDetect as a service from subdomains of your own domain or your customers' domains, as well as some other things on top of it.

  • Royalty-free distribution within your applications (Enterprise Version)

    You do not pay any fees when distributing an application containing unmodified Enterprise Version of BotDetect to multiple clients.

Developer License does NOT include:
  • The right to redistribute or share BotDetect source code (unmodified or customized by you).

  • The right to include BotDetect into website / form building tools, web application firewalls, and other products and services that directly or indirectly compete with the BotDetect.

    For example, Automattic couldn't use a Developer License to add BotDetect Captcha into WordPress Login, Register or Comment forms, and put it for download on WordPress.org

    Equally, Microsoft couldn't use a Developer License to make SharePoint Login, or to develop a Login SharePoint Feature / WebPart including BotDetect Captcha protection and redistribute it to their customers, which will then deploy freely the paid version of the BotDetect as a part of their SharePoint projects.

    To make this use case possible, both Microsoft and Automattic can either buy a custom license or each of their customers should purchase an adequate license for themselves.

OEM License

OEM License includes:
  • Developer License

  • Shared Hosting License (Derivative Works)

    You do not pay any fees for hosting on your shared-servers your customers' websites containing either unmodified Enterprise Version or modified Derivative work of BotDetect on either your customers' (sub)domains or your customers' subdomains on your own domain.

    To put it simply, it allows you to deliver your application containing either unmodified Enterprise Version or modified Derivative Work of BotDetect as a service from subdomains of your own domain or your customers' domains, as well as some other things on top of it.

  • Royalty-free distribution within your applications (Derivative Works)

    You do not pay any fees when distributing an application containing either unmodified Enterprise Version or modified Derivative Work of BotDetect to multiple clients.

  • Relaxed packaging requirements

OEM License does NOT include:
  • The right to redistribute or share BotDetect source code (unmodified or customized by you).

  • The right to include BotDetect into website / form building tools, web application firewalls, and other products and services that directly or indirectly compete with the BotDetect.

    For example, Automattic couldn't use a OEM License to add BotDetect Captcha into WordPress Login, Register or Comment forms, and put it for download on WordPress.org

    Equally, Microsoft couldn't use a OEM License to make SharePoint Login, or to develop a Login SharePoint Feature / WebPart including BotDetect Captcha protection and redistribute it to their customers, which will then deploy freely the paid version of the BotDetect as a part of their SharePoint projects.

    To make this use case possible, both Microsoft and Automattic can either buy a custom license or each of their customers should purchase an adequate license for themselves.

Free License

You can use the Free Version for free forever as long as you respect the Free Version limitations, and not try to disable, reverse-engineer, bypass or work around them in any way.

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Retired Licenses

Website License

Website License covers:
  • Using BotDetect on forms within a single website (sub-domain) that you own.

    Example 1) Using BotDetect on forms belonging to: www.yourdomain.com, es.yourdomain.com, fr.yourdomain.com, investors.yourdomain.com, support.yourdomain.com, blogs.yourdomain.com, and etc.yourdomain.com requires seven Website (Sub-domain) Licenses because those are seven different websites on yourdomain.com domain.

    Example 2) Using BotDetect on forms belonging to: www.yourdomain.co.uk, es.yourdomain.co.uk, fr.yourdomain.co.uk, investors.yourdomain.co.uk, support.yourdomain.co.uk, blogs.yourdomain.co.uk, and etc.yourdomain.co.uk requires seven Website (Sub-domain) Licenses because those are seven different websites on yourdomain.co.uk domain.

Please note:
  • The sale of Website License has been discontinued.

Domain License

Domain License covers:
  • Using BotDetect on an unlimited number of websites (sub-domains) on a single domain assuming that you own both the domain and all of the websites (sub-domains) on which BotDetect is being used.

    Example 1) Using BotDetect on forms belonging to: www.yourdomain.com, es.yourdomain.com, fr.yourdomain.com, investors.yourdomain.com, support.yourdomain.com, blogs.yourdomain.com, and etc.yourdomain.com requires a single Domain License because those are just different websites on the same yourdomain.com domain.

    Example 2) Using BotDetect on forms belonging to: www.yourdomain.co.uk, es.yourdomain.co.uk, fr.yourdomain.co.uk, investors.yourdomain.co.uk, support.yourdomain.co.uk, blogs.yourdomain.co.uk, and etc.yourdomain.co.uk requires a single Domain License because those are just different websites on the same yourdomain.co.uk domain.

    Example 3) Using BotDetect on forms belonging to: yourdomain.com, yourdomain.net, yourdomain.co.uk, yourdomain.us, yourdomain.com.au requires five Domain Licenses because those are different domains.

Domain License does NOT cover:
  • The right to use BotDetect on websites (sub-domains) that are given / sold / rented to third parties, or used by third parties.

    Example 1) Purchasing the Domain License and owning the typepad.com domain doesn't give third parties the right to use BotDetect on their individual blogs (such as sethgodin.typepad.com).

    Example 2) If Zendesk purchase the Enterprise License it will not give Zendesk the right to use it on zendesk.foursquare.com, nor it will allow Zendesk to let Foursquare to use it on zendesk.foursquare.com.

    To cover for such a usage Typepad and Zendesk will need a license that includes the Shared-Hosting License what both the Developer License and the OEM License do -- or Seth Godin will need the Website License to use BotDetect on sethgodin.typepad.com, and Foursquare will need the Website License if they do not use BotDetect someplace else within foursquare.com, or the Domain/Enterprise License if they do use BotDetect someplace else within foursquare.com domain.

Please note:

  • The sale of Domain License has been discontinued.

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Discontinued Licenses

Shared-Hosting License

Shared-Hosting License is meant for shared-hosting companies which host third-party websites on their shared-hosting servers and want to make BotDetect Captcha protection available to all of their shared-hosting customers' websites.

Shared-Hosting License includes:
  • BotDetect use by websites of your shared-hosting customers

  • Exposing BotDetect API to your shared-hosting customers' applications

Shared-Hosting License does NOT include:
  • BotDetect use by your (virtual or physical) dedicated-server customers

  • The right to redistribute BotDetect files (runtime or source) to your customers.

    You can instruct them to download the Free version of BotDetect for development purposes instead – they can use the Free version on their development machines to integrate BotDetect in their website source, and get the full BotDetect Captcha functionality when they deploy the application to your shared-server.

  • Providing your shared-hosting users read permissions to BotDetect library files

Please note:
  • The sale of standalone Shared-Hosting License has been discontinued. The Shared-Hosting License is now a part of the both Developer and OEM Licenses


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