Licenses for text products

Every downloadable product on Distribly must include a license. As a seller, you need to choose a license which contains the rights you want to grant or not grant to buyers of your product. Distribly offers a few different license types, and also lets you add your own custom license.

Licenses for text

On a license page you can find a brief overview of the license and the rights it grants. Then, the full text of the license is displayed underneath. Make sure you read the license text in full as the license overview isn't part of the license.

Here is a general overview of what makes up each text license type, the licenses can vary individually, so this table should be used only as a guide, please see the full license text for a product to see the actual terms of the license.

Type of license What can be done with this license?
 Personal Use Only
  •  Use the product
 Resell Rights
  •  Use the product
  •  Sell the product
 Master Resell Rights
  •  Use the product
  •  Sell the product
  •  Sell the rights to the product
 Private Label Rights
  •  Use the product
  •  Sell the product
  •  Sell the rights to the product
  •  Modify the product

Choosing the right license

If you already have a license you want to use for your product, then add it as a Custom license.

Most standard products use the Personal Use Only license. If you want to let the buyer modify or sell the product, then one of the other license types is more suitable. For more information about which license you should use, click the link below.

Which license should I use?

Personal Use Only License

The product can only be used for personal activities, such as reading. It can't be resold or modified in any way. Personal use includes making backup copies. The product cannot be distributed in any way. This is normally used for things like ebooks and commonly referred to as the abbreviation PUO.

What can be done with this license? What can't be done with this license?
Use the product according to "fair use" principles- including:
  •  Reading
  •  Studying
  •  Non-profit teaching
  •  Private performances
  •  Sell the product
  •  Sell the rights to the product
  •  Modify the product
  •  Claim the copyright to the product

Read the Personal Use Only license for a thorough explanation of how the product can be used.

Resell Rights License

The product can be resold by a buyer once purchased. The product must be sold "stand alone" with this license, the Resell Rights cannot be passed on with the product so it must include a Personal Use Only License when resold. This license is commonly referred to as the abbreviation RR.

What can be done with this license? What can't be done with this license?
Use the product according to "fair use" principles- including:
  •  Reading
  •  Studying
  •  Non-profit teaching
  •  Private performances
  •  Sell the rights to the product
  •  Modify the product
  •  Claim the copyright to the product
Sell the product:
  •  Sell the product for any price
  •  Sell unlimited quantity of the product
 

Read the Resell Rights license for a thorough explanation of how the product can be used.

Master Resell Rights License

The product and the rights to sell the product can be sold, but no modifications can be made to the product. This license is commonly referred to as the abbreviation MRR.

What can be done with this license? What can't be done with this license?
Use the product according to "fair use" principles- including:
  •  Reading
  •  Studying
  •  Non-profit teaching
  •  Private performances
  •  Sell the Private Label Rights
  •  Modify the product
  •  Claim the copyright to the product
Sell the product:
  •  Sell the product for any price
  •  Sell unlimited quantity of the product
 
Sell the rights to the product:
  •  Sell the Master Resell Rights
  •  Sell the Resell Rights
  •  Sell rights without the product
  •  Sell rights along with the product
  •  Sell the product without the rights
 

Read the Master Resell Rights license for a thorough explanation of how the product can be used.

Private Label Rights License

The product and the rights for the product can be resold and the reseller keeps 100% of the profit. The product can also be modified in any way. This license is commonly referred to as the abbreviation PLR.

What can be done with this license? What can't be done with this license?
Use the product according to "fair use" principles- including:
  •  Reading
  •  Studying
  •  Non-profit teaching
  •  Private performances
  •  Claim the copyright to the product
Sell the product:
  •  Sell the product for any price
  •  Sell unlimited quantity of the product
 
Sell the rights to the product:
  •  Sell the Private Label Rights
  •  Sell the Master Resell Rights
  •  Sell the Resell Rights
  •  Sell rights without the product
  •  Sell rights along with the product
  •  Sell the product without the rights
 
Modify the product:
  •  Edit part or all of the product
  •  Divide the product into smaller parts
  •  Translate the product
  •  Add the product to an existing product
  •  Make yourself the author of the product
 

Read the Private Label Rights license for a thorough explanation of how the product can be used.

Custom license

Products can also be sold with a custom license. To add a custom license, choose Use a custom license from the license drop-down menu when you're creating a product. Here you can add your own license text, or paste a link to the license or licenses you want to use.

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