6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 9, 2015 8:46 PM by philmodjunk

    Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale

    tays01s

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      Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale

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      I realise that what one uses is v. dependent upon the product you are selling. However, I'd just be interested to read peoples experiences/ examples. Currently I've got 2 eBooks (pdf's) + associated QuickTime movies I'd like to incoporate into container fields. These won't be updated more than yearly. I also have a calculation software that may need updates every 4-6months.

      People generally like to buy outright, then decide themselves when they would like to update. I suppose a big attraction to a 'time-limited' version is that a) It scupper anyone managing to copy an Activation-key and b) means you are earning money from continued use rather than giving support for no new sales.

      As mentioned, I'd be interested in views.

        • 1. Re: Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale
          RickWhitelaw

          Are these ebooks you've written? QuickTime movies you own? If not you're running serious legal risks by selling or leasing. What does your calculation software involve? All that said, I know people who swear by the subscription model. However, IMHO, short of complicated schemes for protecting runtime files, the best way is to host the files on FMS and lease access to the files. That way it's simple to simply terminate an account should the fee not be paid in a timely fashion.

          • 2. Re: Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale
            RickWhitelaw

            Are these ebooks you've written? QuickTime movies you own? If not you're running serious legal risks by selling or leasing. What does your calculation software involve? All that said, I know people who swear by the subscription model. However, IMHO, short of complicated schemes for protecting runtime files, the best way is to host the files on FMS and lease access to the files. That way it's simple to simply terminate an account should the fee not be paid in a timely fashion.

            • 3. Re: Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale
              tays01s

              Yes I own the eBooks and software.

              The calculation software estimates nutritional requirements. I will have to update the equations occasionally as medicine advances + regulary update the specialised feeds within the database.

              Actually I was hoping to sell/ rent out Runtime versions as most users will not have access to iPad/iPhones (for FM Go) and won't buy FMP, so will be using a Runtime on a Windows PC.

              • 4. Re: Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale
                philmodjunk

                Yet won't most of your users have access to a web browser?

                The other avenue of distribution would be Publishing your database to the web via Web Direct or custom web publishing.

                • 5. Re: Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale
                  tays01s

                  Yes, they would, but wouldn't I need FM Server; currently I have FM Advanced.

                  • 6. Re: Licensing: Rental vs 1-off sale
                    philmodjunk

                    Yes and no. You would need server, but you would not need to purchase server as you could contract with a hosting service to host your solution on their copy of server.