Disclaimer: The following information regarding various policies
of Zeus Productions is advisory only, and may not reflect the current policies.
No warranty regarding the accuracy of the following information is implied,
nor should it be inferred. This information regarding Zeus Productions'
policies was current as of July 25, 1997, but is subject to change without
Q. What are the licensing requirements for Zeus's Products?
The Run-Time licensing agreement itself is
modeled closely after Macromedia's
"Made with Macromedia" logo program. The Zeus licensing agreement
limits the number of royalty-free run-time distributions allowed to five
(5), rather than an unlimited license for an infinite number of products
as is granted by Macromedia to distribute Projectors.
Q. Are Zeus's Products royalty-free?
Yes, Zeus Software is royalty free
even if you distribute thousands of copies, but you are limited
usually to 5 product releases. If you intend to release more than five (5)
products, contact Zeus Productions regarding discounts on larger licenses.
When you purchase zLaunch or zOpen,
you get five (count 'em 5) run-time licenses per 5-pack purchased. That's
less than $60 per title ($50 per title if you buy a ten-pack). If you intend
to release more than five (5) projects, contact Zeus Productions regarding
discounts on larger licenses.
Q. I purchased zLaunch for both Macintosh and Windows, how many products
am I entitled to distribute?
You are entitled to distribute 5 cross-platform
titles (in actuality you obtained 10 run-time licenses, 5 for the Mac, and
5 for Windows, and a cross-platform products counts as one of each). If
you issue a single-platform product, it would only count as one license.
In fact, you can use the 10 licenses on either platform. For example, you
could issue one hybrid product (counts as 2 licenses), 2 Mac-only products
and 6 Windows-only products. NOTE: One project which launches,
say, five demos, only requires one license, with the remaining
licenses being available for other projects).
Q. Our application will be distributed on two separate disks (one for
Macintosh and one for PC). Will it will be treated as one product, leaving
us with a four (4) remaining licenses for the product?
If you purchase a cross-platform bundle (Mac
and Win), you are licensed to distribute the software (such as zLaunch
, zOpen or zScript)
with five(5) products on each platform. In this case, the Mac disk would
constitute one Mac product and the Windows disk would constitute one Windows
product, leaving four run-time licenses available on each platform for future
products. That is, it makes no difference whether you ship one cross-platform.
Q. I am a single user and don't require 5 count license. Can I get a
single-user pack for less money?
The license is not based on the number of
users, it is based on the number of projects
you distribute using Zeus Software. A 5-pack is the minimum purchase size,
and lets you distribute the Zeus software with up to five projects.
(Any number of copies of a single CD counts as a single project). It is
not a five user license.
Q. Are unlimited royalty-free licenses available?
Yes. Please contact
Zeus for more information
Q. Must we include the Zeus logo, copyright and trademark information?
Yes. These marking are required to protect
our intellectual property rights and prevent unauthorized piracy of our
software. Please contact Zeus if you have any
questions or concerns. Some products may qualify for software-only markings
Q. Is it possible to obtain a waiver for including the Zeus logo on
our printed materials?
We ask that you make a good faith effort
to include the Zeus logo with your printed materials, but we realize this
is not always practical or economically feasible. Waivers are available
for customers who have already prepared their printed materials, for products
that only make minimal use of Zeus software, and for customers for whom
including the logo would be an onerous burden. If you qualify for software-only
markings, we ask that you include the Zeus logo on subsequent products.
Please contact Zeus if you have any questions.
Q. What are software-only markings?
If your product qualifies, you may be allowed
to include the logo solely on the electronic portion of your product, and
exclude it from printed materials. Refer to Exhibit B in the licensing package.
Please contact Zeus if you have any questions.
Q. What page(s) of the licensing agreement do I need to return to Zeus
You need to return the signature page and
the appropriate attachment, such as Exhibit A or Exhibit B. There is no
need to return a copy of the entire licensing agreement.
Q. Where do I return the licensing agreement.
You may fax
or mail the licensing agreement to
Zeus Productions. Refer to our Contact Info.
Q. How should I fill out the licensing agreement if my product is confidential?
We simply need a record that the Zeus software
has been used in a product. Simply fill out the appropriate exhibit with
as much information as possible, putting <Confidential> where appropriate.
If the project is confidential only prior to shipment, you can return the
licensing agreement after the project ships, or is otherwise made public.
Q. Do I need to submit anything else?
Yes, you must ship
2 copies of the final product and any revisions to Zeus Productions.
Additional copies, or copies of other software made by your company are
Q. Should the year in the copyright notice read 1996 or 1997?
The copyright notice should read "zLaunch
Copyright 1996-1997. Zeus Productions. All Rights Reserved". (substitute
the appropriate product name, such as zScript
or zOpen, if necessary.
Q. Where can I get a copy of the Zeus Logo in various graphics formats,
such as PostScript format?
Download our licensing
package which contains all the graphics and other information you will
Q. I am creating a project for a client. Is the client allowed to repurpose
the Zeus software along with the material I am delivering?
If you license Zeus software, your clients
are NOT entitled to use it for any project other than the one which
was delivered to them by you, the licensee. If your client wishes to repurpose
the project, they can obtain a license directly from Zeus to do so. This
type of license allows them to redistribute the Zeus Software, a right which
they are otherwise not granted. This is a special SINGLE "re-purpose"
license in lieu of the ENTIRE five-license allowance. It is designed for
people who use Zeus Software in , say, a demo, and then re-distribute that
demo on a variety of media.
Q. Do I license the Zeus software for them or do they need to license
If you are a developer, it is up to you whether
you, or the product's publisher licenses the Zeus software for distribution.
If the developers licenses it, the developer may use the Zeus software on
additional products, up to the license's limit, but the publisher may not.
Conversely, if the publisher licenses the software, the developer may not
use it on any projects for other publishers or clients.
One CD product, regardless of how many copies
are pressed constitutes only one "distribution", so there is no
problem with distributing a large number of copies.
Q. Are we allowed to distribute the Zeus Software with our CD? We are making
Q. I only need your product for one project. Is there a single-license
You must purchase a full copy of zLaunch even
for use on a single project.
Consult our Policies page for details on our
philosophy and pricing policy.
Q. What does the 5-pack license entitle me to distribute?
A 5-pack entitles you to distribute five products
or use Zeuus software on five kiosks.
For example, the single-platform version of zLaunch is $299 and includes
5 Run-Time licenses, which equates to $60 per title.
The cross-platform version of zLaunch is $499 and includes 5 Run-Time licenses
per platform (ten licenses total) which equates to $50 per platform, or
$100 for a cross-platform title. (If a cross-platform title uses zLaunch
on both "halves" of the disk, it counts as two "products").
You can also use the ten licenses as you wish, say, five licenses on each
platform, or say, eight Windows licenses and two Macintosh licenses, if
not all your projects are cross-platform.
Larger licenses are also available, which lower your cost per title further.
Q. What are the licensing requirements for a kiosk?
Each kiosk counts as a single "product
distribution". Therefore the standard 5-pack license entitles you to
run Zeus software on five kiosks. Larger licenses are also available.
Q. I am using zAppleScriptXtraFat. Do I need to license zScript?
zAppleScriptXtraFat has been revised and renamed
"zScript". It is not freeware
or shareware, and you definitely must license it if you use it. If you are
using zAppleScriptXtraFat or zScript, and have not licensed it, you must
license zScript immediately.
The current licensing fee is $129 US.
This fee includes an upgrade to the latest version
Q. I am using your TranZtions. Do I need to license then?
are not freeware or shareware, and you definitely must license them if you
use them. If you are using TranZtions, and have not licensed them, you must
license them immediately.
The current licensing fee is $29.95 US.
Q. We are developing a product catalog, which will be followed by regular
updates. Do we have to obtain a new license for each update?
Our licensing structure is intended to be
flexible and equitable, so the answer is "it depends". Ordinarily
Zeus Software is licensed for five uses, each for a single "product",
which is usually defined as a single distribution (usually on CD), or one
kiosk site installation.
A licensee is entitled to release maintenance upgrades and minor revisions
without "consuming" additional licenses. But sequels or periodicals
(such as on-line monthly magazines or significantly revised catalogs) would
"consume" additional licenses.
As a general guideline, if more than 20% of the product's content has changed
from the original version to the current version, it would be considered
a new product and not an update. So, if the product changes 10% each revision,
the first revision would not "consume" a new license, but the
second revision would.
Even if the remainder of the CD does not change appreciably, an update may
require an additional license if the portion of the product using zLaunch
changes significantly. For example, will your updates launch the same applications
with identical (or only slightly different) documents? Or will they launch
different or additional applications, with significantly different, or additional,
If the client expects to need more than five licenses, larger licenses are
available at a discount.
Q. What is a redistribution license?
Separate licenses are ordinarily required
for re-purposing any project using Zeus software for use in additional products.
Your client may instead wish to obtain a "projector-based" license.
This allows the client to distribute a single projector that uses Zeus software,
on multiple products.
For example, zLaunch may be used for a promotional piece that is re-purposed
on dozens of different CDs or distributed with the sales force. In such
cases, in lieu of the five product license, Zeus Productions offers a blanket
license that allows you to use zLaunch with a single Director projector,
but distributed on different media. This does NOT allow you to use zLaunch
in four additional products, but allows you to redistribute the original
product on a wider variety of media than otherwise possible.
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