ICDD Licensing

ICDD databases and software products are licensed for use on a single PC. Database and software licenses grant end-users a limited, nonexclusive and nontransferable license to access the contents of the product for personal or internal business purposes; and to download such contents on the hard drive of a single computer, as needed, to facilitate data processing. It cannot be installed, accessed or displayed on more than one PC without purchasing additional licenses. It is expressly prohibited to access the database over a network, or access the database using desktop sharing or screen sharing software. License terms vary by product. Please click here for information on WebPDF-4+ licensing.

It is recommended that all ICDD databases be installed and registered within the first 30 days after product purchase and receipt of product. This will insure that your database license will correspond closely with your product subscription. Please note that your product subscription is based on the month of the original invoice; not the date of the license registration key.

Database License Term: This is the amount of time available for access to the purchased database (see License terms).

Registration License Key: The license key is issued on the date of registration and will allow access to the database in accordance with the purchased product license term.

Product Subscription: The PDF-4 product line, as well as all database site and multi-year licenses are serviced by subscription. All subscriptions are based on the original invoice date. This means that PDF-4 renewals, site licenses, and multi-year licenses are due on the month of the original invoice. For example, if your original invoice was in May 2015, then your renewal will be due in May 2016.

PDF-2: The initial term of the license for PDF-2 and SIeve is five (5) years from the license registration key date. At the end of your five (5) year license term, you will have two options for your license. Option 1: Purchase a license for the current release of the PDF-2, SIeve, or PDF-4+. Option 2: Extend your original license for one additional consecutive five (5) year term, free of charge, provided that the licensed user has the same organization name and address (i.e., the registered user), and the product license has not been previously renewed or converted to a PDF-4+ product.

All PDF-4 products are licensed for one (1) year. ICDD offers a subscription service that provides automatic renewals for your PDF-4 products. Prior to the expiration of your license, ICDD will automatically invoice and ship your PDF-4 renewal based on your original invoice date.

Statement of Pricing and Licensing

ICDD’s pricing and licensing policies are integrated to provide value to our customers in the form of user options for price and performance. PDF-4 products contain more data from contracted global sources and annually upgraded software features. These performance products are sold with annual renewable licenses and are serviced by subscription. PDF-2 products provide basic functionality and data and are licensed for 60 months. These value options are designed to provide users with a selection so that optimized service is provided to leading materials research laboratories, teaching facilities, and quality control operations.
Both PDF-2 and PDF-4 products can be renewed. Annual renewals always contain new data and new database capabilities. Pricing policies for all products are designed to reward frequent update customers, site laboratories, and degree granting academic institutions, through price discounts. 

Since license terms and pricing are combined and customized to service different segments of the scientific community, licenses are generally not transferable (for exceptions see ICDD License Transfer Policy).

The majority of PDF databases are sold through ICDD’s global distribution network. Distributors provide added function and functionality in terms of integration with advanced diffraction analysis software, as well as regional technical and sales support.

ICDD License Transfer Policy

This document describes the procedures that must be followed to validly transfer or assign an existing ICDD software or database license.  If you transfer the license for a product suite or site license, the license applies to the entire suite of products. Individual products within a product suite are not eligible for a transfer of license. The transfer of a license includes all previous versions of that product. If you transfer your registered copy, then you transfer your rights to all previous versions of that license as well.

Host Transfers

PC failures or operating system reconfigurations may require the user to transfer the license from the registered host PC to another PC. As long as the licensed entity or product type has not changed from the original registration, a re-registration to a new PC environment can be requested by contacting ICDD’s registration desk (registration@icdd.com). Host transfers are limited to once a year and are subject to approval by the ICDD.  

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License Transfer

Licenses are not transferable, with the exceptions of transfers due to acquisition, merger, consolidation, or transfer to an affiliate.

A licensed customer does not need ICDD’s consent to transfer licenses in the event of an organization acquisition, merger or consolidation. The ICDD needs to be notified of a change in organization name, contact name, or address if the user wants to remain eligible for future license renewal discounts. Notification can be made using ICDD’s online license transfer form or by directly contacting ICDD customer service (sales@icdd.com).

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Affiliate Transfer

An entity may transfer its right to use the Powder Diffraction File and associated software to its Affiliate. An Affiliate is another entity where at least 50.1% of its voting power is owned or controlled by the transferring entity or where as least 50.1% of the transferring entity's voting power is owned or controlled by the transferee. In the specific case of academic institutions, an affiliate may also be a staff/faculty member of the registered entity.

In the case of a transfer to an affiliate, the transferring entity must apply to ICDD for approval of the re-license using the transfer of license application. The original licensee must approve the transfer in writing and, upon signature of the application, the original licensee’s licenses are terminated.

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