Continuing the discussion from Indie Code Catalog Free License v1.2.3:
This was a really great comment. I simply hadn’t thought about any connection between the Free Trials section and the Prototypes section. But that’s clearly there to be seen in the terms, especially given the reuse of the word “prototypes”.
Having looked at it, I’m thinking the right choice is to separate the concepts, rather than combine them. Something like:
You may use the software for brief trial periods to verity that the software works as described, such as by running on test data or integrating into
private, proof-of-concept prototypes.
For reference, this is how 1.2.3 defines “prototype” for sharing/copyleft purposes:
- You don’t use it for more than thirty days.
- You don’t share it outside the team developing it, other than for non-production user testing.
- You don’t use it on behalf of anyone outside the team developing it.
The only one of these criteria that I’d be tempted to reuse is #2. But even then, I’m not sure that really works. The main limit on the free trial is the time limit. You can use “to verify that the software works…”, but not any longer than that. If you want to run it on some production data and compare, so much the better for encouraging an eventual paid license buy.