Earing money with Python software (was: More on Protecting Source Code)

David LeBlanc whisper at oz.net
Tue Sep 17 15:38:30 EDT 2002

In my actually having done it experience, utilities and tools are a hard
sell. The market is small and developers tend to get along without or build
rather then buy unless it's just too good to do without. Developers have a
habbit of 'sharing' good tools too - heh.

Offering commercial support would be my suggestion. The efbot could probably
give you chapter and verse on that!

David LeBlanc
Seattle, WA USA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: python-list-admin at python.org
> [mailto:python-list-admin at python.org]On Behalf Of Hartmut Goebel
> Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 11:51
> To: python-list at python.org
> Subject: Earing money with Python software (was: More on Protecting
> Source Code)
> Martin v. Loewis wrote:
> > For software, I think the economical risk is that somebody uses your
> > software without giving you the money you want - not that somebody
> > sits down and studies your code for days, to write a program that he
> > could have written himself from scratch in the same time.
> Which brings me to another (related) topic): How to earn money
> distributing Python software?
> I'm currently trying to make up my mind about exactly this problem
> area: How can I get some reward back when writing software like
> decompyle and bridgekeeper?
> I would be very gald if someone could share his/her experiances on
> this topic!
> - Sell it via micro-payment?
> - Declare it "Shareware" and hope somebody pays for it?
> - Offer commercial support?
> - Develop two different versions, a "free" one which is missing some
>   features and a commercial/registered/supported one offering more
>   sophisticated functionallity?
> (Any other comments are welcome, too.)
> Regards
> +++hartmut
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