Product Licensing Policies

The Powder Diffraction File™ databases are licensed, copyrighted databases. To purchase an ICDD database license, an end-user must purchase the license directly through the ICDD or place an order directly through one of our licensed distributors.

Academic Licensing Policy:
An academic price is awarded to degree-granting (Assoc., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) institutions and organizations that provide resources for student’s course work that are affiliated with the degree-granting institution. Institutions may be required to submit documentation to verify eligibility. Please consult ICDD’s price list for eligible products.

Site License Policy*:
ICDD’s Site License Policy is designed for a multiuser laboratory to facilitate multiple licenses of the PDF-5+, PDF-2 or PDF-4 databases at a single site. A single site is defined by the building where the database will be installed. Multiple users in different buildings need to purchase separate site licenses for each building. A site license includes the purchase of a Master License, and the purchase of Secondary Licenses (discounted additional licenses). Customers may purchase an unlimited number of additional licenses at discounted pricing. The number of computers that will be running the database in a single building determines the number of licenses. ICDD requires that the Master License and all Secondary Licenses be purchased concurrently on a single purchase order. ICDD does not offer licensing for local servers or networks.

*PDF-4/Minerals is not eligible for site licensing.

Single License → Site License:
Customers with a single license may add additional licenses to create a site. To qualify for additional license pricing, the single license must be current. If necessary, customers may need to renew their single license to the current release, then add an additional license to create the site.

Site License Renewals:
In order to take advantage of the site license renewal pricing, both the Master License and the Secondary Licenses of the database must be renewed yearly. To renew a site license, ICDD requires that the Master License and all Secondary Licenses be purchased concurrently on a single purchase order.

Multi-year Site License:
In response to customer requests, ICDD offers multi-year site licenses. The multi-year site license is offered as a convenience to our customers using site license pricing. This license is serviced by subscription and is available for a PDF-5+ and PDF-5+/Web. PDF-2 databases are not eligible.

Multi-year License Policy:
To assist customers with their yearly renewals, ICDD offers multi-year licenses that allow you to prepay for future renewals. The multi-year license renewal pricing provides savings on yearly license renewals, along with fixed pricing on the renewal for the purchased license term. Multi-year pricing is available for PDF-5+ and PDF-5+/Web. If the price for these products increases during your multi-year license period, you will not be billed the difference.

To purchase a multi-year license, users need to purchase a new license to the current release of the PDF, or renew their license to the current release using the current prices. Users may then purchase additional years for their license. All shipping charges will be billed on the original invoice. The multi-year license is serviced by subscription with yearly automatic renewals based on the anniversary of the original invoice date for PDF-4 databases. For each year in your multi-year license, you will receive the newest release of your PDF product. You will need to install and register your new product for each release.

Multi-year license renewal pricing for PDF-4/Minerals is offered as a convenience to our customers. It is not subject to the discount offered with our other multi-year licenses. Please contact ICDD for further information.

PDF-5+Scholar – Multi-year License for Academics

PDF-5+Scholar is an incentive available solely for our academic customers who qualify under ICDD’s academic license policy. PDF-5+Scholar is a five (5) year multi-year license package for PDF-5+, which includes a license for SIeve+. It is identical to PDF-5+ in content and capability. The difference is in the licensing terms – the PDF-5+Scholar Package offers one extended license term of five years on the last product release in the multi-year license. The PDF-5+Scholar Package is available on DVD or USB.

  • Customers will need to purchase the current release of PDF-5+ in order to purchase the PDF-5+Scholar Package.
  • Customers with a current release of the database will only need to purchase the PDF-5+Scholar Package.

Like all PDF products, the PDF-5+Scholar Package is handled by automatic subscription. Your yearly automatic renewals will be shipped based on the anniversary of the original invoice for the PDF-5+Scholar Package. For each year in your PDF-5+Scholar multi-year license, you will receive the newest release of the PDF-5+. The last release in the package will be the PDF-5+ Scholar product, which is licensed for five years.

Product warranty is on the preferred computer specifications associated with the product release. If you need to change your computer specifications, ICDD recommends that you reference the ReadMe.txt or product insert for your product release to check for compatibility.

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Check with your software vendor annually to confirm software compatibility when purchasing a multi-year license.

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