Martin, I was reading their help section a bit more and noticed the software is free for non-commercial purposes, but that they do charge for commercial purposes. Any idea on how much they charge? They seem to keep that up their sleeves.
If you look on their forums, you will find lots of info about licensing. It appears that they are in the process of updating their site (in a week or two?) in order to do billing/licensing so I think we will have to wait until then to get more info. But I did find this post on their forums that seems to sum things up for non-gaming users like us: (I am not sure what a seat is--you can tell I don't do online gaming).
<<<...our initial focus is on getting host providers licensed.
One of the biggest problems we have with Teamspeak v2 is that even if you wanted to purchase a license to use in a business environment, there is currently no mechanism in place for us to issue you a "license/keycode" that will activate your server. Teamspeak v3 will hopefully address all of these issues.
What I would suggest is to a) make donation if you're using it in a business environment -- suggested $20 per client which is still negligible for just about any small business and/or b) when the new site comes up go ahead and register your company and we can issue you a one time fee comparable to $20 per seat.>>>
However, if you aren't charging people to use the server then it's freeware. I believe this would cover most educational users. It seems to me that they are focussed on charging companies who provide rooms for gamers to use. However, I will be inquiring further.
Here is the (quite vague) license file.
TeamSpeak is freeware for non-commercial users. Commercial users need to buy a license.
Commercial use is defined as companies and their employees installing TeamSpeak.
If the server is installed on a company owned server: you need to buy a license.
If the server is installed by an employee of a company on a computer of a company: you need to buy a license.
If you are asking money to make use of your server: you need to buy a license.
If TeamSpeak is used to as an assistence to your company's processes (be it in any way): you need to buy a license.
For information about commercial use of the TeamSpeak server, pricing information and ordering: mail <span class="hyperlink">email@example.com</span>.
QUESTION: Who needs to pay for licensing?
ANSWER: You are subject to licensing fees if you charge an access or rental fee either directly, indirectly, OR via inclusion of a Teamspeak server as part of any rental or other paid service.
Direct Fees If you charge a rental or usage fee for a Teamspeak server OR channel you are subject to licensing fees.
Indirect Fees If you are a business entity and sponsor a clan and ask them to advertise for you in return for the use of a Teamspeak server OR channel you are subject to licensing fees.
Inclusion Fees If you provide a Teamspeak server OR channel to someone who rents a game server or is paying for some other service from you.
EXAMPLES OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
WHERE LICENSING FEES ARE **NOT** REQUIRED:
* An individual hosting a small Teamspeak server for their online gaming clan using their home Cable/DSL connection for non-profit.
* A church or other non-profit organization hosting a FREE Teamspeak server for online bible study discussions.
* A school hosting a FREE Teamspeak server that allows students to receive help with homework for their classes online.
so how does it work? would people have to put the teamspeak server software on their own web servers? Funny there's no open source voice-chat software going on ..
any other voice chat trials happening soon?
regards, michael, melbourne