Crystal Reports Training by Ken Hamady, MS, Reporting and Training Nationwide
Broadcast License (CRBL)
In the fall of 2002 I had a
call with several Crystal Reports product managers to discuss the
Reports v9 Broadcast License (CRBL).
We all agreed that the wording of the license did not provide a very
definition of broadcasting. I was told that Crystal Decisions
to post a clarification on their website. I was also told that,
the unfortunate wording used in the license, only FULLY automated
are considered broadcasting. If either the generation of the
or the distribution of the report, requires some human intervention,
no broadcasting has occurred (see update below).
We discussed several scenarios to make it clear:
1) A company employee exports an HTML page from Crystal Reports and
it to the company web site for 1,000 people to read. This is not
because exporting and posting the file involves manual intervention.
2) A company employee exports a file to PDF and attaches the PDF to an
message. The Email message is sent to 1,000 people. This is
broadcasting because exporting the file involves manual intervention.
3) A company has a scheduler program that automatically exports a
to an HTML file every Monday at 2am. The scheduler exports this
directly to a web site folder where 90 people will read it on Monday
This is broadcasting because there is no manual intervention.
4) A company has a scheduler program that automatically exports a report to a PDF file every Monday at 2am.
also initiates an Email program that sends out messages to 90 people,
the PDF attached. The This is broadcasting because there is no
When you eliminate the manual intervention, and fully automate the
you have violated the Crystal Reports license. You would need to
a CRBL for $35,000 to be in compliance. In my opinion, that
of money can buy a lot of manual intervention.
2003. I based the above material on clear written
from Crystal Decisions Product Managers (not sales). These
were sent to me last fall. I have recently been informed by the
peson that these written statements were "incorrect". I am in the
of clarifying this with them because I think customers have the right
on written statements provided by the management of Crystal Decisions,
if a customer makes a business decision based on that information.
you feel that this might affect you, then I suggest that you read the
in my April newsletter which gives the
of this issue. From there you can read the entire Email dialogue that I had with Crystal Decisions,
is the basis for the above material. I hate being the conduit
elses incorrect information.
2003. Two important developments. First some good
Crystal has just changed their licensing model for CRv9 to
the $100,000 broadcast license. You now get full broadcast rights
you buy CRv9 Advanced Edition. Based on the fact that that price
went to $100,000 a few months ago, I am thinking that my efforts in
this issue are one of the factors involved. The bad news is that:
1) You must buy and register the Advanced edition to be
to broadcast reports.
2) You still need to buy the $100,000 license if you are
3) The definition of broadcasting has been changed since I was given a
definition in the fall.
4) None of this applies to Crystal Enterprise.
I have updated the Email Dialogue with the