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[REBOL] Re: Selling REBOL scripts

From: sunandadh:aol at: 8-Jan-2002 10:12

Hi Petr,
> I don't want to sound negative, but what do you need Encap for? Noone will > use your > script in enterprise if license doesn't allow it. So - what is Encap good > for?
I don't want Encap as such. I want the ability to distribute scripts in a secure way. By which I mean copy protected and tamper proof. If I distribute scripts now, anyone could copy them to anyone else; and anyone could change them. In lots of instances both those abilities are ideals and not handicaps. And I have given away scripts for free, and will continue to do so. But I need the freedom to do otherwise on occasion. I do not want to be called at 3 in the morning and told "Your system is broken. All we did was change some colors in the source and now it says 'Syntax Error: Missing ] at end-of-script'. Come in and fix it NOW!!". Also, if I have sold someone say 5 licences for a product, I want to make reasonably sure that they are not overly abusing that limit. And again, if part of my code is some sort of security routine, I do not want that source exposed to anyone. I've gone to some efforts to ensure my scripts are relatively tamper proof, including a bit of obsfucation and some checksumming. But it'd be nice to have a standard "core" way of distributing such scripts. Encap isn't that way. The licensing is too restrictive (as I understand it), and buying Encap is too expensive for what I want to do. So, for all these reasons, I'd like to see some mechanism within Rebol for the secure distribution of scripts. Encap is almost it. So, as I write before, if RT can tweak Encap to meet the needs of the market, the rebolution could come earlier. Sunanda.