[REBOL] Re: Selling REBOL scripts - Scott's Distributed Licence - tm
From: rebolscott:yaho:o 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
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
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
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
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.