I’m considering a change to the terms of the “standard deal” that folks using strictEq (once it’s renamed) will offer for their work. I’d sure appreciate feedback. In short:
I propose to make use of the software by children under the age of majority—usually 18 years old—free for any purpose.
I see two reasons to adopt this change.
The first is technical: If you’re not old enough to enter contracts, which you have to do to buy a license or sign up for the website, you shouldn’t be shut out. And you shouldn’t have to cajole your parent or legal guardian to buy a license for you.
The second is more personal and professional. I think one of the big reasons a lot of us feel so strongly about open source is that it gave us tools, raw materials, and opportunities when we were very young, before we had access to meaningful money, credit cards, and so on. It’s part of the ethos of any strong and worthy trade or profession to lend a hand to those just starting out.
I suppose there might be some children out there who are working somehow, or trying to start small businesses despite their age. With family support, some of those ventures might even make money. But I think those use cases are still very sympathetic, as well as massively outweighed by the benefit of telling kids that they can try stuff out.