License for GrabCut?

asked 2014-07-24 18:08:59 -0500

JimNeutron gravatar image

I saw that OpenCV is under BSD license. Nevertheless grabcut is patented from Microsoft. Am I correct that in this case it's not allowed to use GrabCut in an commercial application?

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AFAIK if there was a license on the implementation that is in OpenCV, it should have been in the non-free module like SIFT. I am guessing you can go ahead and just use it for a commercial application. Probably the OpenCV implementation differs somewhat to the original one and was manually built using the paper as reference. In that case you are not using the original code of the project and thus the patent doesn't apply. That is how I understood patents for software algorithms...

StevenPuttemans gravatar imageStevenPuttemans ( 2014-07-25 03:51:52 -0500 )edit

I'm searching for the same answer as well. There are many versions of GrabCut algorithm, but I don't know what are the copyrights to OpenCV version. Does anyone know if it is possible to use it in commercial application?

SilverMan gravatar imageSilverMan ( 2018-01-22 09:40:19 -0500 )edit