Closed source demo/beta before license purchase?


#1

hi jules.
i maybe want to sell some plug ins , so i guess i have to leave the source closed, to prevent people from selling modified version of my plug ins. but i can not afford the license fee right now. can i hand out demo/beta versions without source code?
the thing is i’m planning on distributing several little plug ins as donationware , pro and limited free version with unlimited demo etc.
(i dont want to make big business, just want to buy some time to make musik and programm musik tools)
but i would like to have at least a little feedback from some other people about the qualizty of my software. Can i give closed source versions of my plug ins to some people without breaking the license?

thanks.

d3ck


#2

Well that would be breaking the GPL license, unless you gave them the source as well…

If you’re not going to sell enough copies to make it worth getting a commercial license, then the “ethical” thing to do is to go open-source with it. That’s why I like the dual-licensing model, because it persuades people to either do more open-source when they wouldn’t have done so otherwise (which is good), or give money to me (which is also good!)


#3

Use an obfuscator if you are paranoid about source, but if you are going to have truly closed-source stuff, pay jules. He deserves it :wink:

FlyingIsFun1217


#4

I’ve been sitting on some projects that I don’t want to open source, but I’ve been gamely waiting for the dollar to recover any semblance of strength.

I’m close to giving up and just biting the bullet on buying a multi-license for myself. At todays exchange though, it’s gonna hurt.

(which reminds me, I should probably upgrade my works one to a multi too, since I’m nearing starting a new project).


#5

Yeah, for us in the US, it’s unbearable. Also noticed your quite close to me, I’m around the Fox Valley area.

FlyingIsFun1217


#6

[quote=“FlyingIsFun1217”]Also noticed your quite close to me, I’m around the Fox Valley area.
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SW suburbs? I’m not that familiar with the western suburbs, as I’ve only lived on the north side, and the south east suburbs (NW Indiana currently, but I can throw a stone at the state line).


#7

[quote=“valley”][quote=“FlyingIsFun1217”]Also noticed your quite close to me, I’m around the Fox Valley area.
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SW suburbs? I’m not that familiar with the western suburbs, as I’ve only lived on the north side, and the south east suburbs (NW Indiana currently, but I can throw a stone at the state line).[/quote]

Aurora area :wink:

Back on topic: Has the OP decided on a solution?

FlyingIsFun1217


#8

[quote=“FlyingIsFun1217”][quote=“valley”][quote=“FlyingIsFun1217”]Also noticed your quite close to me, I’m around the Fox Valley area.
[/quote]

SW suburbs? I’m not that familiar with the western suburbs, as I’ve only lived on the north side, and the south east suburbs (NW Indiana currently, but I can throw a stone at the state line).[/quote]

Aurora area :wink:

Back on topic: Has the OP decided on a solution?

FlyingIsFun1217[/quote]

yes, i decidet i’ll publish a free open source verison, but only after i have done some work on a forthcoming commercial pro version , so i’m a step ahead of the competition ;).

can you point me to a link/file wich writes what “texts” i have to include i i’m going to publish? maybe i’m even releaseing this week, but may also take a month or two (i have to do other tedious things to make some money:( ).

D3CK


#9

GNU GPL License (but does Juce use V2?).

FlyingIsFun1217


#10

Yeah, I’m sticking with V2 for now. Not sure about the V3 stuff.


#11

From the sounds of it, it would be smoother just to keep v2 and avoid any confusion with a new license :wink:

Thanks!
FlyingIsFun1217