OT: How about a buy back license policy?
\"You OWN that license. YOU paid for it. You are not selling multiple licenses, just the one you bought. The author is in NO WAY getting ripped off.\"
The problem with this scenario is, the developer gets nothing out of the re-license purchase. If you pay for a license and then re-sell the license to another user you are effectively cutting out the developer from the loop. Just think if this \"re-sell the license\" scenario plays out to a number of users, all get access to the library, but the developer only gets payment from the 1st user.
The only way to solve this problem and it IS a problem, is for developers to have a buy back policy. The longer you take to sell it back to the developer the less money you would get back. This in effect becomes something like a \"rental policy\" which is in reality all we have now anyway. I could see something like this working as a standard buy back percentage of retail price sold.
01-30 days: 80%
31-60 days: 60%
61-90 days: 40%
90 days + : 20%
The only reason this will probably never fly is the market is too small and the developers fear piracy too much. I STILL don\'t think developers understand WHERE there money is coming from. It\'s coming from users (like us on this forum) who do NOT pirate. All of us on this forum could pirate every cd advertised here by doing a search on any major search engine, it\'s that simple.
I know for a fact I would love to add some of those $1000.00 strings to a few of my tunes, but I\'ll never pay $1000.00 for the right to use it on only 1-2 tunes. Now if it was a library I would use everyday, I\'d have NO problem paying that amount. But I would GLADLY pay 20% of the retail price for the right to license the library for 30 days and add some nice strings to 1-2 of my tunes and then return the license to the developer. They just made $200.00 they NEVER would have made from me!
Developers, at some point you\'re just going to have to trust your buying customers. You\'ll never be able to stop the pirates. But you just might be able to make some extra money by opening up your product to a different market other than the stable commercial composers.
Potentially interested developer in this idea:
\"But what happens if a stable commercial composer copies it, returns the cd in 30 days and gets back 80%!!!\"
See... you\'re already worrying too much and limiting your thinking! If they want to pirate your samples, they\'re ALREADY pirating them! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Plus keep in mind, along with that 20% money you made you ALSO have a very nice paper trail of the end user. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Am I nuts or could this work? Why not try this on 1 of your products as a test market?