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I'm planing to use the Imgur API in my own application. According to their document(emphasis mine):

Commercial Usage

Your application is commercial if you're making any money with it (which includes in-app advertising), if you plan on making any money with it, or if it belongs to a commercial organization. To use Imgur's API commercially, ......

Free Usage

The Imgur API is free for non-commercial usage. Your application is probably free if you don't plan on making any money with it, or if it's open source.

The problem is that I do expect some money from it: there is a "donate" button on every page. However, I'm also willing to make my application open source.

So my question is: Should I pay for commercially using the Imgur API?

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The license terms are quite clear, in one place. They define "commercial" as the intent to make any money from the app. Having a donate button does not negate the intent to make some money. They murk things up by saying "Your application is probably free if you don't plan on making any money with it, or if it's open source". But that is not a promise of a license term, it is a suggestion. If the app were non-commercial, then use is free; if it is open source, you may negotiate with them.

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