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I'm building a (for-pay) web/mobile app that will generate PDF reports for customers. Do I need to pay someone a royalty? Who? How much and what are the terms?

Surprisingly, the best info I was able to find was from the PDF wikipedia page where it simply lists PDF as an "Open" format. But no mention of royalties, etc.

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Adobe grants every individual and organization in the world the royalty-free right, under all Essential Claims that Adobe owns, to make, have made, use, sell, import and distribute Compliant Implementations. If a licensee brings (or participates directly or indirectly in the bringing of) a lawsuit or similar action against any other party claiming that a Compliant Implementation infringes an Essential Claim, Adobe may revoke the rights granted above to such licensee. Upon such revocation, such rights will be deemed to have never been granted.

https://www.adobe.com/pdf/pdfs/ISO32000-1PublicPatentLicense.pdf

  • So, in layman terms, "it is free, but if you piss me you are going to thoroughly regret it"? – Davidmh Dec 10 '15 at 9:29

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