Hello ~

According to the definition of online dictionaries, "license fee" and "royalty" seems not same, which I didn't expect.
The dictionaries say, "License fee is a payment to government" and "royalty is a payment to government or some party regarding permission of some property."

My question is :
Are the two things actually different ? or
is it just a definition, which can be quite different from the usage of real world ?

I hope I made clear of my question.

Any comments would be thanked.

A royalty is a fee paid for permission to make use of someone's intellectual property, eg., to profit from your recording of their song. A license fee can be that too, but it's also a fee paid to some authority for permission to perform some specific act. For example, to fish, to carry a concealed weapon, to operate a bar, to drive a car. This could also be called a permit fee.
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I wonder why those online dictionaries don't have such explanation, I mean about "license fee." ^^
They are in fact two different things, though royalty may be considered as part of the license fee. You paid a license fee upfront to the licensor so that you have the permission to use the name and/or logo (or product). On top of that, the licensor may also request that you pay royalty (a percentage of your sales or profit) in the long run (e.g., in the first 10 years of the agreement).

Eddie T.C. Lam