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About Audacity Vendors and eBay

1. What is Audacity?

Audacity is a free, open-source audio editor for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. See the Audacity home page for more information:

2. Who is selling Audacity?

Several vendors are selling copies of Audacity on CD, especially on eBay.

Many vendors use a different name for the software, or otherwise try to hide its origin. For example, one company is selling Audacity under the names "LuxuriousitySound" and "LuxAudioEditor". Another is selling it as "AntbytesAudio".

3. Are these eBay vendors affiliated with the Audacity project?

No. They are using the rights granted by GNU General Public License, which allows anyone to redistribute or resell Audacity. These vendors do not have any special agreement with the Audacity developers, and the Audacity developers receive no compensation.

4. Is it legal to sell copies of Audacity?

Yes. The GNU General Public License (GPL) specifically allows redistribution of Audacity, for free or for profit, as long as the license and source code are made available.

Although these sales are allowed by the GPL, the Audacity developers prefer that vendors give credit to the Audacity free software project. We feel that disguising the program's origin is harmful to customers and prevents them from making informed purchases or comparisons.

Advice for Users

I paid for a product and then found out it was Audacity. What should I do?

If you feel you were deceived, or did not get your money's worth, you can ask for a refund, file a complaint with the seller, and/or contact appropriate authorities (such as eBay). Many sellers are understanding and will refund your money.

Where can I buy Audacity on CD?

If you want a CD of Audacity for Windows, the Audacity developers recommend TheOpenCD. This collection also includes Mozilla, GIMP, and other great free software programs, plus added documentation and custom installers. It is produced by a group of volunteer contributors. You can buy copies from several different vendors. To find out more, go to TheOpenCD website.

Advice for Vendors

Quite a lot of the advice in this section depends on whether you modify Audacity or not - generally we prefer that you didn't do so, unless it is done in agreement with us, and so possibly to the benefit of our users as well as yours.

- Legal Requirements

1. GNU General Public License

Obviously you are expected as a reseller of Audacity to abide by the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) under which we grant you the right to resell or modify Audacity. Detailed Frequently Asked Questions about the GPL are here. The fundamental requirements are:

  • You must include a copy of the GPL License
  • You must either supply the Audacity source code (or if you have modified Audacity, the source code of your modified product), or make a written offer to do so without being asked first.

If you are not modifying Audacity, you can comply with these terms simply by leaving LICENSE.txt and README.txt intact in your CD or download.

2. Trademark Issues