|FREEWARE||You may freely use and distribute copies of this
|1. Grant of License
Pierce Business Systems (hereinafter PBSys) grants you a limited non-exclusive license to use the SOFTWARE free of charge. If you are using the SOFTWARE free of charge under the terms of this Agreement, you are not entitled to any support whatsoever; however, you can try and email us.
2. Disclaimer of
3. Scope of Grant
For that software which includes the source code, this paragraph applies: you may modify the source code for yourself, your organization, or your non-english language. However, you are not permitted to sell or distribute the modified software (except within your company). The intent of this clause is to permit you to make any modifications you need to use the software; but to also preclude unethical people from slightly altering the code and then re-distributing the application as their own.
|To my knowledge, we coined this type of
shareware in December of 2000 (after the Trustware concept went bust). Others may
have come up with something similar on their own before us.
"Subscription Shareware" requires that an annual fee be paid to the software author, much like a magazine subscription. You can also view subscription shareware as renting software, where you pay annual installments. The advantages to you of subscription software is that the price is lower, you can opt out at the end of your current subscription (single or multi-year), and you receive software updates for free as part of the subscription. For the author, this pricing model provides a more constant revenue stream, attracts clients to view the software as a service or lease rather than a one time shareware purchase (partner rather than vendor), and exposes more prospects to the software (cheaper entry price).
|TRUSTWARE||This is a 'trustware' product where 'trial use' or even
'infrequent use' is free; however, 'regular use' should obligate you to purchase a
site license by sending a check of up to but no more than $10 to the address below.
However, if you cannot afford the $10 fee (heh heh), then I hereby grant you a free
|Discliamer of Warranty
THIS SOFTWARE AND THE ACCOMPANYING FILES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.
In no event shall the author be held liable for any damages whatsoever, including without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other loss arising from the use or inability to use the software.