When you seek permission to use copyrighted material, you may be asked to specify whether you are using the material commercially or non-commercially. This may also be a condition of any licence.
Commercial use generates income
Commercial re-use is defined as anything that generates income, whether directly or indirectly. This includes material that is sold, supported by advertising, or used to promote a business.
It includes the following commercial or promotional material:
- news reporting
- films, DVDs, CDs, downloads or other encodings
- broadcasts, whether online or not
- advertising, marketing and promotional material.
Non-commercial use generates limited or no income
Non-commercial use is primarily not intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or income generation. It also includes paid-for or promotional materials with a limited print or production run.
- use for education or research
- use in publications with a total print or production run of 500 copies or fewer over five years. This includes publications that are sold, supported by advertising, or used to promote a business.
- use in events with a projected attendance or capacity of 500 people or fewer in one year
- use in news reporting with a total print or production run of 200 copies or fewer per issue.