stricteq differs from License Zero in how is presents the terms of “the deal” between developers and their users. Rather than talking first and foremost about a license, stricteq talks directly in terms of a deal, a kind of wrapper around the license terms.
The Deal lives at https://stricteq.com/deal. Right now, at version 1.0.0, it reads:
To use software listed on stricteq.com to make money or for work, beyond a free trial to make sure it works, you need to buy a license. If you’re part of a team, everyone on your team who uses the software needs to buy a license.
Otherwise, you can use and share the software for free.
The legal terms for paid licenses are at https://stricteq.com/paid.
The legal terms for free licenses are at https://stricteq.com/free.
The free license begins:
You may not use the software to make money or for work, except for Free Trials.
You may use the software for brief trial periods to verify that the software works as described, such as by running on test data or integrating into private, proof-of-concept prototypes.
The paid license is much like the paid license for License Zero.
The hope is that this will be:
- easier to understand
- easier to link to and explain
- better at emphasizing the relationship between developers and users, rather than the tool or implementation detail of licensing
What do folks think?