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You probably want someone trained in legalese reading the documents and binding the company
to abide by them.
While you shouldn't take it as fact from me, in my reading of the license, the restrictions on the
file geodatabase API are for *commercial redistribution* -- charging others for that which Esri
has given to you without charge. You are certainly free to distribute the *run-time* DLLs with
your binaries (royalty-free!), just not the include files and link libraries -- anyone who wants
them must agree to the same license (this is a common characteristic of most "open" license
agreements -- it levels the playing field and prevents Esri from becoming embroiled in squabbles
involving third or fourth parties). It probably isn't wise to assume the license terms will change
If you wish to negotiate a different license (though it hardly seems necessary), you should
probably take that up with your local Esri marketing office, not with the good folks here in
the User Forums. If your company's legal staff has interpretation questions, then the local
RO is still the best way to link them to Esri's contracts department.