Splash screen required for non-commercial use?

#1

Hello,

I have a question regarding the use of FMOD in a non-commercial open source game. The licensing FAQ page https://www.fmod.com/licensing says:

Q: When do I need a license?
A: A license gives permission to redistribute FMOD as part of a game for commercial purposes. […]

Q: Do I need to display an FMOD logo in my game?
A: All FMOD licenses require a logo be displayed on a splash screen, as outlined in the attribution guide. […]

Q: Do I need to include any other attribution?
A: All use of FMOD must include a credit line in the software available to users, as outlined in the attribution guide.

So you could come to the conclusion that it’s sufficient to add a credits line, since it looks like non-commercial games do not require an FMOD license and that only FMOD licenses require the game to show a splash screen. However, the attribution guide hxxps://www.fmod.com/attribution says:

Projects using FMOD Studio must include an in-app credit line and the FMOD logo.
The FMOD logo is required to be displayed on-screen during application startup.

And the EULA hxxps://www.fmod.com/resources/eula/ says:

All products also require a logo to be presented during start up of the application […]

Can someone please provide a definitive answer on whether non-commercial games are required to show a splash screen?

#2

Hi ,
It says ‘All FMOD licenses require a logo’ … this is pretty clear. All types of license require a logo. Indie is one of the types of license.

Basic and premium have the option to pay to remove the logo requirement. Indie doesn’t.

#3

Thank you. So you need an Indie license even for non-commercial use?

#4

Indie license is a commercial release with $0 to $500k budget. If it is not a commercial release then it is not an indie/basic or premium license. This is what the eula is for as it describes what to do if you’re a non commercial user.
As the EULA says, it is for people who use fmod non commercially and it has an attribution clause, so the product requires a logo and attribution.

#5

Thanks.
What is the latest version of FMOD Studio that comes without the splash screen requirement? I tried to find the version that introduced it to the EULA but it seems all downloads (even the latest) come with EULAs that do not even mention the splash screen.

#6

Versions don’t really matter, it is a requirement now