[unrev-II] License Model: Preliminary Suggestion

From: Eric Armstrong (eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com)
Date: Fri Apr 21 2000 - 21:59:46 PDT

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      If there is a revenue stream, and the software
      plays a part in producing it, we want some.
      For everyone else, the software is freely available.

    Who Gets it for Free
      * an individual
      * a partnership
      * a non-profit corporation
      * an educational institution
      * a government agency
      * a pre-profit corporation, or a
        for-profit corporation that is not currently
      * An individual or group in a corporation that
        wants to evaluate the software to see if it
        is useful

    Who Pays
      * A for-profit corporation that is making a profit,
        and who is using the software as part of their
        day-to-day operations

    A First Cut at Some Text
      This software may be freely copied and distributed,
    provided that this license remains intact, with one
    exception: No for-profit corporation that is currently
    operating "in the black" shall use this software as
    part of their normal business operations without
    paying us a negotiated license fee for the privilege.

    Pricing Structure
      Number of "knowledge workers" in the company
    (defined as number of employees minus blue collar
    workers and clerical workers) who have access to
    the system, times some reasonable "per seat" usage
    fee. (A yearly license, where the first 5 or 10
    years may be fixed at some negotiated rate, in
    return for a commitment to renew the license each
    year for that period of time, plus a discount
    pricing structure for payment in advance.)

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