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Topic: Questions on the Acrobat SDK License
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56136
From: jflipp
Date: 5/29/2002 05:17 PM

Hi,

I work for a german software company. Our product is a media data base and we
intend to write a plug-in for Acrobat (NOT Acrobat Reader) that can be
remotely controlled and adds images and text snippets to PDF documents.
As far as I know, this is technically feasible.
We want to sell this plug-in together with our product to our customers
who already have Acrobat or get it from elsewhere.

To make this clear, by Acrobat I mean the software package which also
contains Distiller and Catalog and costs a couple 100$. By Acrobat Reader I
mean the, well, reader for PDF documents which everybody can get for free.

Now I had a look at the EULA accompagnying the Acrobat SDK and found some
legalese which is not 100% clear to me.

I quote from the Acrobat SDK EULA:

3. API INFORMATION USE RESTRICTIONS
You agree that You will not use the API Information to do any of the
following:

(a) remove the menu item that calls up the Acrobat "About Screen" in any
Acrobat product or any product incorporating an Acrobat Product or any part
thereof;

(b) create or develop any program or software that can both (i) communicate
with Acrobat Reader AND (ii) that can also modify or save a PDF
(Portable Document Format) document (including saving any modifications to a
separate file for such documents);

(c) create or develop any program or software capable of viewing a
PDF document that exposes the APIs described in Section 1, above;

(d) create or develop any program or software that will work as a plug-in
with Acrobat Reader, unless specifically licensed to do so by Adobe; or

(e) open encrypted documents without the authorized knowledge of the document
passwords or violate the access rights specified for a document, or create
any products that will perform either of such functions.

End of quote.

First question:
The functionality of our plug-in is completely analogous to that described in
(b), except that our plug-in works with Acrobat and NOT Acrobat Reader. So
our plug-in is legal. Did I get this right?

Second question:
(d) does not apply to our plug-in since, again, it works with Acrobat and NOT
Acrobat Reader. (I know that plug-ins for Acrobat Reader must explicitely
Reader-enabled from Adobe). Did I get this right?

Is there anybody who has experience with licensing questions concerning
Acrobat plug-ins?

Suggestions, hints, comments, and, most of all, decisive answers would be
greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Johannes

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