From: John Stone (
Date: Tue Oct 18 2022 - 15:12:00 CDT

  I just saw this and I have to correct the misinterpretation of the license:
NO, you do NOT need a commercial license to be able to use VMD to make
images that are sold.

The license terms clearly state that you do NOT need a commercial VMD
license if you are just using the program.

The commercial VMD license is only needed in cases when VMD --itself--
will be redistributed to third parties, or in cases when someone wants
to incorporate the VMD source code into other programs that will themselves
be redistributed to third parties.
So long as VMD and its source code aren't being redistributed or sold,
you don't need a commercial license.

Best regards,

On Tue, Oct 18, 2022 at 08:29:18AM -0500, Diego Gomes wrote:
> Producing images to sell is¬ a commercial use of the software.
> To my understanding it requires a commercial license.
> 7. Commercial use of the Software, or derivative works based thereon, ¬
> [1]
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 10:35 AM Henrique Fernandes
> <[2]> wrote:
> Dear VMD developers,
> I would like to clarify the terms and conditions of using VMD for
> commercial use.
> Is it possible to use VMD (free) to produce images and videos (rendered
> with Tachyon) and sell them to non-profit or profit companies?
> Thank you very much.
> Best regards,
> Henrique Fernandes
> --
> Diego Enry B. Gomes, PhD
> Department of Physics
> Leach Science Center
> Auburn University
> [3]
> +1 (334) 559-4016
> References
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