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    11= Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions = 
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    3 This page deals with questions you may have about !VirtualBox and its licensing. This information is accurate for !VirtualBox 4.0 and later. You may want to look at the [wiki:"User_FAQ" User FAQ] and [wiki:"Developer_FAQ" Developer FAQ] for additional topics.  
     3This page deals with questions you may have about !VirtualBox and its licensing. This information is accurate for !VirtualBox 5.2 and later. You may want to look at the [wiki:"User_FAQ" User FAQ] and [wiki:"Developer_FAQ" Developer FAQ] for additional topics.  
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    55 1. '''How is !VirtualBox licensed?''' 
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    7  The !VirtualBox base package (i.e., everything but the !VirtualBox Extension Pack) contains the full !VirtualBox source code and platform binaries and is licensed under the [wiki:"GPL" GNU General Public License, version 2]. You can distribute and modify the base package, provided that you distribute all modifications under the GPLv2 as well. 
     7 The !VirtualBox base package contains the full !VirtualBox source code and platform binaries and is licensed under the [wiki:"GPL" GNU General Public License, version 2]. You can distribute and modify the base package, provided that you distribute all modifications under the GPLv2 as well. 
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    9  The !VirtualBox Extension Pack is available under the [wiki:"VirtualBox_PUEL" VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License], which is a free license for personal, educational or evaluation use, or an Enterprise License, which is for fee license that covers most other business uses. 
     9 The !VirtualBox Extension Pack is available under the [wiki:"VirtualBox_PUEL" VirtualBox Extension Pack Personal Use and Evaluation License], which is a free license for personal, educational or evaluation use, or an Enterprise License, which is a for-fee license that allows most commercial, non-distribution uses restricted by the PUEL. 
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    11  More information about the Oracle VM !VirtualBox Enterprise License for the !VirtualBox Extension Pack can be found on the [http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/virtualbox/overview/index.html Oracle VM VirtualBox] pages, which also contains a link to the [https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=dstore:product:25714122115624::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PPI:114347640102492137513432 Oracle Store] where you can directly buy licenses. Please [mailto:VBOX_OEM_SALES_WW@oracle.com contact Oracle] for additional information. 
     11 More information about the Oracle VM !VirtualBox Enterprise License for the !VirtualBox Extension Pack can be found on the [http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/virtualbox/overview/index.html Oracle VM VirtualBox] pages, which also contains a link to the [https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=dstore:product:25714122115624::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PPI:114347640102492137513432 Oracle Store] where you can directly buy licenses. Please contact Oracle for additional information. 
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    13  2. '''Will the licensing terms of !VirtualBox be changed in the future?''' 
     13 For information about a license to distribute the !VirtualBox Extension Pack, please contact [mailto:vbox_oem_sales_ww@oracle.com]. 
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    15  We are not currently planning to do so, but it doesn't really matter. The license that Oracle has granted you with the GPL is perpetual and cannot be taken back. Even if Oracle were to change the license again, this would only affect future versions, and anybody would still be permitted to redistribute the existing !VirtualBox code under the terms of the GPL. 
     15 2. '''Will the licensing terms of the !VirtualBox base package be changed in the future?''' 
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    17  3. '''What do you mean by ''personal use'' and ''educational use'' in the [wiki:"VirtualBox_PUEL" Personal Use and Evaluation License] (“PUEL”)?''' 
     17 We are not currently planning to do so, but it doesn't really matter. The license that applies to the !VirtualBox base package is perpetual and cannot be taken back unless you violate the license. Even if Oracle were to change the license again, this would only affect future versions, and anybody still in compliance would still be permitted to redistribute the existing !VirtualBox code under the terms of the GPLv2. 
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    19  Personal Use is defined in the PUEL as an instance of the !VirtualBox Extension Pack that is downloaded onto a single Host Computer and accessed on the same Host Computer or on a single client that is connected to that Host Computer for the purpose of displaying Guest Computers remotely. 
     19 3. '''What do you mean by ''personal use'' and ''educational use'' in the !VirtualBox Extension Pack [wiki:"VirtualBox_PUEL" Personal Use and Evaluation License] (“PUEL”)?''' 
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    21  Educational use is defined in the PUEL as “any use by teachers or students in an academic institution... as part of the institution’s educational curriculum.” 
     21 Personal Use is defined in the PUEL as an instance of the !VirtualBox Extension Pack that is downloaded onto a single Host Computer and accessed on the same Host Computer or on a single client that is connected to that Host Computer for the purpose of displaying Guest Computers remotely for noncommercial purposes. 
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    23  4. '''What are the benefits of purchasing an [https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=dstore:product:25714122115624::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PPI:114347640102492137513432 Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise] license?''' 
     23 Educational use is defined in the PUEL as “any use by teachers or students in an academic institution ... as part of the institution’s educational curriculum.” 
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    25  With Oracle VM !VirtualBox Enterprise, you can better manage, track and record your !VirtualBox Extension Pack software usage within your enterprise and ensure that all installations are properly updated and have the latest security patches. In addition, Oracle VM !VirtualBox Enterprise can optionally come with world class support from Oracle covering both the Oracle VM !VirtualBox base package and the !VirtualBox Extension Pack. 
     25 Personal Use and/or Educational Use expressly exclude any use of the Product for commercial purposes or to operate or run a business, organization, governmental organization, or educational institution. 
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    27  5. '''How do I purchase an [https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=dstore:product:25714122115624::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PPI:114347640102492137513432 Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise] license?''' 
     27 4. '''What are the benefits of purchasing an [https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=dstore:product:25714122115624::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PPI:114347640102492137513432 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise] license?''' 
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    29  To purchase Oracle VM !VirtualBox Enterprise licenses, [https://shop.oracle.com/pls/ostore/f?p=dstore:product:6346313915457813::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PROD_HIER_ID:114347640102492137513432,4510278280861805728469 visit the Oracle Store], or [http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contact/global-070511.html contact your local sales office].  Oracle VM !VirtualBox Enterprise Named User Plus licenses must be purchased in an initial quantity of at least 100. 
     29 Oracle VM !VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise license includes the use of the Product for commercial purposes or to operate or run a business, organization, governmental organization, or education institution. 
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     31 With Oracle VM !VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise license, you also can better manage, track and record your !VirtualBox Extension Pack software usage within your organization and ensure that all installations are properly updated and have the latest security patches. In addition, Oracle VM !VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise license comes with world class support from Oracle covering both the Oracle VM !VirtualBox base package and the !VirtualBox Extension Pack. 
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     33 5. '''How do I purchase an [https://shop.oracle.com/apex/f?p=dstore:product:25714122115624::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PPI:114347640102492137513432 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise] license?''' 
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     35 To purchase Oracle VM !VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise licenses, [https://shop.oracle.com/pls/ostore/f?p=dstore:product:6346313915457813::NO:RP,6:P6_LPI,P6_PROD_HIER_ID:114347640102492137513432,4510278280861805728469 visit the Oracle Store], or [http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/contact/global-070511.html contact your local sales office]. Oracle VM !VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise Named User Plus licenses must be purchased in an initial quantity of at least 100. 
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    3137 6. '''Can I redistribute the !VirtualBox base package binaries?''' 
     
    4349 9. '''Can I redistribute the !VirtualBox Extension Pack?''' 
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    45  No. Neither the [wiki:"VirtualBox_PUEL" Personal Use and Evaluation License] nor the Oracle VM !VirtualBox Enterprise license allows you to distribute the !VirtualBox Extension Pack binaries. So you may not make them available on your own websites or other mirrors or distribute them in any other way.  
     51 Not without a special license from Oracle. Neither the [wiki:"VirtualBox_PUEL" Personal Use and Evaluation License] nor the Oracle VM !VirtualBox Extension Pack Enterprise license allows you to distribute the !VirtualBox Extension Pack binaries. Unless you obtain a separate license from Oracle, you may not make them available on your own websites or other mirrors or distribute them in any other way. If you are interested in obtaining a distribution license, please contact [mailto:vbox_oem_sales_ww@oracle.com].  
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    4753 10. '''Which guidelines apply to the use of the name ''!VirtualBox''?''' 
     
    4955 The term “!VirtualBox” has been registered by Oracle as a trademark in various countries. If you choose to ship custom binaries and/or source code revisions of the product, you may not use the !VirtualBox name in those versions. 
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    51 Last updated 17 November 2016 
     57Last updated 20 July 2017 

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