Individual use-restriction license?
April 10, 2010 11:42 AM Subscribe
Making-money-on-freely-distributable-software-filter: Software licenses that (like typical FOSS licenses) forbid restrictions on modification and redistribution
of the software BUT (unlike typical FOSS licenses) permit individual contracts that restrict the particular recipient's use
of the software?
posted by Anything to computers & internet (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If I write a program based on existing GPL'd code, I can ask people if they would give me money in exchange for me releasing the program. This works fine if they are willing to pay without getting to use it first, but if I understand correctly, I cannot give them a copy for a free trial and still expect them to have any obligation to pay me if they wish to keep using it.
This problem would be solved by the permission to sign a deal with the initial recipients of the code obliging them to either pay a sum of money after X days or refrain from using the software; this agreement should neither restrict their license to distribute the software to third parties nor in any way restrict the third parties' right to use the software.
I don't see this having any downsides compared to the common FOSS scenario in terms of the FOSS idea of software getting propagated and contributed to (since modification and redistribution cannot be restricted and the default status on usage is also unrestricted), but I haven't found any licenses that enable this, nor have I been able to find any discussion on such an idea.