Nonprofit Licenses

TechTalk donates free licenses to charitable nonprofit organisations, academic organisations and open source projects. To apply for a nonprofit license, please provide us with the necessary information to demonstarte your eligibility as described below.

Charitable Nonprofit Organisations

Nonprofit and non-governmental organisations must be recognised as charitable organisations in their respective countries to be eligible for a free nonprofit license. Eligible organisations must operate on a not-for-profit basis and their mission must be to benefit the local community. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Providing relief to the poor
  • Advancing education
  • Improving social welfare
  • Preserving culture
  • Preserving or restoring the environment
  • Promoting human rights
  • Establishment of civil society

Academic Organisations

Licenses are available to schools, colleges and universities, for the purpose of research, teaching or internal software development.

Commercial software development or internal software development involving third parties (e.g. commercial service providers) are not eligible for a free nonprofit license.

Non-commercial Open Source Projects

Open source projects must meet the definition of open source. They must be published and freely available through an open source portal, eg.: GitHub, Source Forge, CodePlex etc.

The source code must be provided under a recognised non-commercial open source license, eg.: MIT, Apache, GNU LGPL etc. Open source projects that provide “dual licensing”, offering additional commercial licenses, are not eligible for a nonprofit license.

The project must have a website, an active community, and must have been in active development for a minimum of 3 months.

In exchange for the nonprofit license, you are expected to mention the use of SpecLog on your project’s start page or on a specific “project supporters” page.

Ineligible Organisations

The following are ineligible for a free nonprofit license:

  • Nonprofit organisations that have not obtained recognised charitable status in their respective country;
  • Governmental organisations or agencies, including international governmental organisations and United Nations entities;
  • Healthcare organisations; exceptions include independent nonprofit community, behavioral and women’s health clinics; hospices; emergency services; and blood banks.
  • Commerce and Trade Associations without charitable aims or activities benefitting non-members;
  • Sponsorship of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances;
  • Fund-raising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments;
  • Political, labor, and fraternal organisations;
  • Religious or faith based organisations that have not obtained recognised charitable status; and
  • Individuals; contact us instead if you are interested in joining the SpecLog ambassador licensing program.