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Licensing

  1. 1. Software Licensing TypesAdwareThis is software that has advertising for other products and/or services built intoit. The “price” you pay for the software is having to give up some of your screenreal estate (and your attention) for the advertising. Adware is often, in reality,spyware (see below.)DemowareThis is software that is intended to allow the user to see what the full version of a program looks like so they willthen purchase the unlimited commercial version. Cripple ware, time-limited software and trialware are all varioustypes of demoware.FreewareThis approach is programming that is offered for your use at no cost, monetary orotherwise. You may use it for as long as you wish. However, it is usually copyrightedso that you can’t incorporate its programming into anything you may be developing.At one time, freeware was a trademark of Andrew Fluegelman, the author of thewell-known MS-DOS communication program PC-TALK III. The trademarkwasn’t enforced after his mysterious disappearance and presumed death in 1984.LitewareThis is a free version of program that normally costs money. The features are limited, but the missing features arenot “grayed out” (disabled) in the menu. No critical features like “Save” or “Print” are missing. You can still usethe program to accomplish something. The missing features might be nice to have, but are not critical and aresimply listed where the “pro” or full-featured version is promoted. If you don’t read the promotion, you will notbe aware that any features are missing.Software Licensing Types C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi Revised 10-15-02 Copyright ©2002. All rights reserved. Page 1 of 3 This document may be copied and distributed for nonprofit educational purposes only Provided that credit is given to C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi.
  2. 2. SharewareThis is a “try before you buy” approach that is obviously not freeware since ultimately you are supposed to payfor the software. There are several kinds of shareware: • Crippleware - limited in the amount of features available. Purchasing the software removes these limitations and renders the software fully functional. Not the same as trialware, since you can save and print. • Nagware - there is a popup (nag) screen at program startup, exhorting you to purchase the software. There’s nothing wrong with this; the software author has a perfect right to solicit payment for his/her software if they so choose. • Time limited - also considered by some to be trialware (see below), some of the features or the entire program become unusable after a period of time.SpywareAny software that installs components on your computer which allow companies and/orindividuals to access your hard drive or spy on your surfing habits. The cost you pay is yourprivacy and/or security. You can learn more about spyware at http://www.spychecker.com/spyware.html or http://www.tom-cat.com/spybase/spylist.html.Often, after you remove the software, the files that do the spying remain on your hard drive.An excellent freeware utility for removing such garbage is AdAware, available at:www.lavasoft.de/aaw/index.html.TrialwareThis is usually commercial software that is limited in the ability to save and/or print. Theintention of the author is that you learn what the program can do and how to use it so that 30you will then purchase the unlimited commercial version. daysSoftware Licensing Types C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi Revised 10-15-02 Copyright ©2002. All rights reserved. Page 2 of 3 This document may be copied and distributed for nonprofit educational purposes only Provided that credit is given to C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi.
  3. 3. Links for Shareware, Freeware, and Trialware Web sites • DOWNLOAD.COM http://www.download.com • EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE PORTAL http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8259/sware.html • NONAGS.COM http://www.nonags.com • PROGRAMFILES.COM http://www.programfiles.com/ • SOFTPILE.COM http://www.softpile.com/ • TUCOWS.COM http://www.tucows.com • ZDNET DOWNLOADS (really the same as Download.com – merger) http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/2001-20-0.html?legacy=cnet Contact Information: Voice: 662-325-5009 Web site: http:www.create4ms.orgSoftware Licensing Types C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi Revised 10-15-02 Copyright ©2002. All rights reserved. Page 3 of 3 This document may be copied and distributed for nonprofit educational purposes only Provided that credit is given to C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi.

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