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Can I use Render Engine on AWS for automated rendering?

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I want to setup a website where my clients can choose a template, colors, as well as upload their images, and create an order. Then this order will be taken by a script running on another computer (Amazon VM) with After Effects Render Engine installed. This script will run the renderer that will render the ordered template into a video file that will be sent to a client for download.

I want to know if this scenario may violate any of the terms in Adobe license agreement. I have read the license carefully and didn't find any point there that this described scenario will violate, but I want to be sure. To clarify, none of my clients will have access to the AFX render engine. Please advise.

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So if instead of Amazon I used my own physical machine in the same scenario there wouldn't be any problem?

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Can I use Render Engine on AWS for automated rendering?

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I want to setup a website where my clients can choose a template, colors, as well as upload their images, and create an order. Then this order will be taken by a script running on another computer (Amazon VM) with After Effects Render Engine installed. This script will run the renderer that will render the ordered template into a video file that will be sent to a client for download.

I want to know if this scenario may violate any of the terms in Adobe license agreement. I have read the license carefully and didn't find any point there that this described scenario will violate, but I want to be sure. To clarify, none of my clients will have access to the AFX render engine. Please advise.

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So if instead of Amazon I used my own physical machine in the same scenario there wouldn't be any problem?

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I want to know if this scenario may violate any of the terms in Adobe license agreement.

Sure it does. You are redistributing the software to a third-party service. Aside from a million technical problems, of course.

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Thank you for your answer. Can you please clarify how it's different from taking client's order and rendering it manually using my own template and then giving the result video to client? Are you saying no one should use AfterFX to make money by doing work for clients?

And again, I am not redistributing the software. My clients will have no interaction with the software. They will only create an order that I will build and render for them using my own templates and ae licensed to me, as well as some automation tools.

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You are planning to run AE on Amazon's servers, are you not? That by letter and action is redistributing the software to a third party unless Amazon do provide pre-configured AE instances for rental of their own. The rest doesn't matter. You can sell to your clients whatever you want, but unless you obtain a specific license agreement for server-side use from Adobe (which is expensive and only possible by contacting sales to negotiate terms),you are not allowed to install a gigazillion AE or AME instances on Amazon and sell this as a service, which ultimately is the point.

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So if instead of Amazon I used my own physical machine in the same scenario there wouldn't be any problem?

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So if instead of Amazon I used my own physical machine in the same scenario there wouldn't be any problem?

Correct.

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Ok, thanks!

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Yeah, that may be a cool notion, but it's as illegal as hell.  Time for Plan B.

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Hello! Any updates on this subject? @ dana80480687 How did you solve it? had a plan B?

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