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The $5-Ware License

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The $5-Ware License

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Here is a crazy idea after all the discussions about "The future of open source": The $5-Ware License. We grab an Apache License 2.0 and add this one clause to it:

 "If you are using this product for commercial use, you must make a one-time donation of $5 to the developer".

How about that?

 Or we can have two $5 licenses:

  • $5 Ware Life Time License
  • $5 Ware Annual License

The $5 Ware Life Time License means a one-time donation. The $5 Ware Annual Licence means a $5 donation each year. $5 is not going to ruin anyone! Not even if paid once a year! Unless you are using hundreds or thousands of free programs.

But $5 will definately make some difference in income to the developer (compared to $0), and thus perhaps motivate the her / him to move the project forward a little faster. Who wants to do a $5 Ware License for the community?? :-)

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