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NUKE Non-commercial and MARI Non-commercial are free, non-watermarked but functionally restricted versions of the NUKE and MARI software products respectively, available for download and use by anyone who wants to learn and experiment with the products at their own pace, while not using them for commercial work.
We are considering our plans for non-commercial versions of each product individually. We are working on solutions to remove barriers and make it easier for you to learn all our software products, so we encourage you to keep an eye on us for any updates.
“Non-commercial” use is any usage that does not enable the user to profit and is not connected with or forms part of the provision of services to third-parties. Examples of non-commercial usage are personal learning, personal projects, experimentation and research. Activities that indirectly generate advertising revenue—such as clips or free tutorials posted on YouTube or Vimeo—are permitted; however, the creation of content (such as tutorials) that a viewer must pay to access is not.
You can’t use a non-commercial product while actually working, whether you’re working at a commercial premises or at home. To help clarify, here are some examples of the kind of use that is not permitted:
Individual artists, students and graduates can use non-commercial licenses to create content for their personal demo reels to showcase their expertise. Companies, including professional freelancers, cannot use non-commercial products to promote services that would require them to have commercial licenses. Non-commercial software cannot be used to create content for project pitches, pilots or business promotional materials to gain commercial work.
You can post videos made with non-commercial software online, provided you do not charge for access to them. Indirect advertising revenue generated from such posting is permitted.
No. Not-for-profit organizations are not eligible to use non-commercial licenses. Use by not-for-profit-registered individuals and companies is classified as commercial use as it provides a service and is not personal use for learning, experimentation or research.
No. It is not possible to use non-commercial software products for this purpose. However, we issue developer licenses to cover this situation. Contact email@example.com to discuss your requirements.
Non-commercial software products cannot be used by educational institutions or professional instructors to teach. Educational institutions or instructors teaching The Foundry software products are classified as commercial businesses and are eligible for our education pricing and licensing program.
Yes, as long as it is for personal learning purposes. You cannot use these licenses to teach.
Non-commercial software products cannot be used for instruction or installation in a classroom or lab, or by students whilst they are receiving instruction. It is for home learning only.
Non-commercial licenses cannot be used by professional instructors or companies creating learning content, where a fee is charged to access such content. However, individuals who are not professional teachers or instructors can use a non-commercial license to create online materials for distribution on YouTube or Vimeo at no charge (as an example of their experience or to help others), even where these activities may indirectly generate advertising revenue.
Non-commercial licenses can be used to create entries to recreational competitions that offer prizes, as long as these do not include those offering the chance of future commercial development as the prize. Non-commercial products cannot be used for festivals where there is any revenue gained from the submission or where attendees must pay to view the content, even if the project and festival are not for profit. Festival entries that are created to gain future commissions or as pilots to sell into distribution cannot be made using non-commercial licenses.
Non-commercial licenses can be used with other commercial products (e.g. MARI Non-commercial with commercial MODO) for non-commercial projects and learning. The entire project must be non-commercial and may not violate any other usage restrictions for non-commercial licenses. Non-commercial licenses cannot be used in a pipeline with the commercial versions of the same product (e.g. NUKE Non-commercial and commercial NUKE cannot be used on the same project).
You can see The Foundry’s EULA here.
Our educational offering gives students, teaching staff, graduates and institutions access to heavily discounted, full commercial licences of the Production COLLECTIVE, which includes NUKE STUDIO, MODO and MARI. These licenses have the following benefits to eligible customers:
For full details of our educational offering, visit our Education page.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll talk you through the best options for getting your hands on the right versions of our commercial software products for your needs.
Non-commercial licenses will be available as node-locked licenses only, granted on a rolling 30-day free subscription basis.
This license works on a free subscription to maximise access to your non-commercial license. On first run, sign up using your The Foundry log-in details, then every day you start the software, we'll renew the license for the next 30 days (assuming you're connected to the Internet). This means you'll always be able to use our non-commercial software products for 30 days from your last Internet-connected session.
Licenses for non-commercial software are linked to your personal The Foundry account under a centralised product "entitlement", and can only be issued by our website. In order to get a license, the non-commercial product needs to communicate with our website to authorise the device; the website then creates a temporary node-locked license for that machine which the non-commercial product then installs. This method of licensing offers you far greater flexibility than ever before. You can run it on multiple devices consecutively, rather than being locked to just one, and you can manage your entitlement allocations from The Foundry’s website.
Your entitlement to each non-commercial software product will allow you to activate and run it on up to two devices at any one time. Should you wish to swap this to another device at any point, you can do so by first deactivating the non-commercial software product from one or both of your existing devices, before activating on the third. This can be done from the Help menu of the non-commercial software product, or from the manage entitlements area of your account.
Our non-commercial software products are not covered by The Foundry’s Customer Support team as this service is exclusive to those using commercial products with valid maintenance. However, there are dedicated help areas for NUKE Non-commercial and MARI Non-commercial in The Foundry Community. These areas are your central source of help and advice on installation, licensing and any other questions you may have. We’ll be doing our best to cover all possible installation and licensing questions with sticky notes and video content within this forum. Please be aware that the Community is not an officially supported area, so there are no guarantees of a response; however, we will monitor the forum for any serious issues or interesting features requested.
To get NUKE Non-commercial, visit the registration page and follow these simple steps:
NUKE Non-commercial is functionally restricted in the following ways:
System requirements for NUKE Non-commercial are the same as the equivalent version of commercial NUKE. These can be seen on the main system requirements page.
To get MARI Non-commercial, visit the registration page and follow these simple steps:
MARI Non-commercial is functionally restricted in the following ways:
System requirements for MARI Non-commercial are the same as the equivalent version of commercial MARI. These can be seen on the main system requirements page.