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Re: Spreading and/or selling compiled Perl/Tk applications

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Jun 24, 2008 at 13:35 UTC ( #693735=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Spreading and/or selling compiled Perl/Tk applications

I agree with leocharre. Any compiled Perl script can be decompiled by a good perl hacker, then he will turn around and distribute it freely on some hacker site. Besides, most useful scripts have already been written and are free on the net with a little searching. Just look at the Perl books being pirated out there.

Your best bet is to put a copyright on your work, have your clients sign an agreement not to sell or give your program away, then charge consultant fees for installation, maintenance, training, etc. Give the program for free, but charge for installing/ consulting on it. Free software can have an advantage..... you can put a clause in the software that you are limited in liability to the cost. :-)

I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth CandyGram for Mongo
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Re^2: Spreading and/or selling compiled Perl/Tk applications
by tubaandy (Deacon) on Jun 26, 2008 at 13:45 UTC
    Every so often there is an article in Wired about changing economies, and offering items for free. Chris Anderson talks about it in Wired 16.03. I couldn't find the article on line, however his blog is here.

    Note, I'm not advertising for him or anything, I just thought the article and his approach is interesting. FWIW.


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