The xvc licence comes in three flavors: xvc free, xvc pro and xvc unlimited. All three xvc licenses are completely free of charge until 2018-04-01.
The full license agreement can be found here: xvc license r1.0.
The table below summarizes the properties of the three different xvc licenses.
|xvc free||xvc pro||xvc unlimited|
|Access to xvc reference encoder and xvc reference decoder||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Restricted usage||Can only be used for personal use, education, research, standardization and internal evaluation.||No restrictions.||No restrictions.|
|Grant back or reciprocity requirements||No||No||No|
|License fee||$0||$0.02 / instance and month*||$1,000,000 / month*|
|Reporting of number of xvc instances required||No||Yes||No|
An xvc instance is defined as an entity performing operations related to one or more xvc bitstreams. Such operations may include, but is not limited to; producing/encoding xvc bitstreams, decoding xvc bitstreams, transcoding to/from xvc bitstreams, analyzing xvc bitstreams, validating xvc bitstreams, distributing xvc bitstreams, transmitting xvc bitstreams, packing/unpacking xvc bitstreams, encrypting xvc bitstreams, fragmenting xvc bitstreams, mulitplexing xvc bitsreams. The licenses are not limited to the specific implementations of the xvc reference software. However, the licences apply only to the methods included in the reference software and only when used in the context of performing operations related to one or more xvc bitstreams.
The xvc pro and xvc unlimited licenses requires a signed xvc License Agreement to be sent to Divideon.
* starting from 2018-04-01. Before 2018-04-01 all usage of xvc is completely free of charge.