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[REBOL] Re: Selling REBOL scripts - Scott's Distributed Licence - tm

From: rebolscott:ya:hoo at: 8-Jan-2002 8:26

> - license monitoring (eg. good for 5 license) > - time bomb (eg. good for 30 days for evaluation) > - time out (eg. expire on Feb 14 2002) > > Is it something that RT can addon easily ?
Hi first post, I am intrigued by the different flavor of discussion one gets with a non open source community. Anyway there is an easier way to "sell" rebol software while giving away source code. Lets call this copyrighted method the Scott's Distributed Licence First with rebol being internet ready there is no need for all of the code to be distributed to the user. All of the software you sell can securely connect to your site for key componets. But what are the key componets that you want to host. That compent would be the lincens audit feature. Whenever someone runs the software they hit your server so you know where it is being used. Any particular user licences it for maximum number of concurrent users. If they go above they have to pay more. But how do you stop a user from modify the code so that it doesn't access your site at all. First there has to be a minumum ammount of usage otherwise the consumer has to pay a very large kill fee under the assumeption that it has been hacked "you put this in the contract" Second you make the code self inspecting, so that periodically the code will copy the version on your customers machine to yours so you can do a audit of the software. So here is as way to keep source code open, and sell it at the same time. Note, the customer should get the right to inspect your code too. to make sure you are not incorporating their code into your product either. Basically its arms inspection. Anyway that is/was my first post. I hope you guys find some merit in my idea. Scott