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Re: Additional promise to the MCA
On 08/10/2009, at 8:48 AM, Michael Widenius wrote:
Arjen> Dual would only make sense for discrete/distinct components,
Arjen> there it might be easier to just have it be GPL or BSD.
This is for the case where the customer does not want to have the code
under GPL. BSD is not an option as then they could release the code
and we would not have any dual-license revenue anymore.
I regard the traditional dual licensing (in this context) as a non-
viable revenue model.
If it's custom code, have user pay for it and license code as GPL or
If it's BSD, they can also use it in commercial - you could charge
extra for making it BSD rather than GPL, for instance.
Arjen> People come back to the original company for expertise/
Arjen> anyway, as they're the experts. As long as the service is good.
Arjen> There's also no incentive to like republish stuff, as that
Arjen> the core business of the client company. They wouldn't have
Arjen> in that.
If you are successful, there is always someone who will take
advantage of you...
Some will, so be it.
They'd have to be a customer first to do this (with the above example)
and you wouldn't keep them as a customer anyway, so there's no real
In general, people will act properly - particularly if the environment
is *perceived* as fair to them.
Look for example at MySQL; If they would license their GPL code as
BSD, they would at once loose all their licensing business.
Good. I wish Sun/MySQL all the best and success, and for their own
good their old licensing has to cease.
It is still causing a lot of bad publicity.
It also rips off users/clients, because unscrupulus Sun/MySQL sales
people selling licenses where none are required.
By stopping it, this would make a clear statement that Sun does not
support that kind of behaviour.
It's no longer part of a legitimate business model, it's turned out as
a devious scam.
Furthermore, people *perceive* it as a scam, and thus it's not
interesting for you or I to be doing something similar.
"Dual Licensing" in the sphere of MySQL is a no-winner. Just drop it
and lead by example.
Arjen Lentz, Exec.Director @ Open Query (http://openquery.com)
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