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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Software freedom is the only viable business m

From: Andres Muniz Piniella
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Software freedom is the only viable business model.
Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2015 19:41:11 +0100
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On 04/04/15 18:29, Patrick Anderson wrote:
>> give the binaries for free but
>> charge $millions for the code
> No, but the inverse might be more realistic than it might at first seem.
> Give the code away for gratis, but charge for the binaries.
> I've seen this approach more than once (though I don't remember those
> projects right now), usually applied to a subset, such as the Windows
> version.
> You cannot disallow others from distributing the binaries, so if you
> overcharge, people will just setup an alternate distribution site, bit
> if the price is realistic, and if your site instills trust (a slippery
> and subjective goal), then some will purchase from you to avoid
> untrusted distributors and also possibly out of a desire to support your
> efforts.

And this does not invalidate the GPL.
This example is good not only the part about  trust or to support
efforts but just out of convenience of having to go elsewhere.



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