- - maverick - i've just checked out the link you posted and it looks like this person is only selling shareware or freeware programs - if that's the case then they're not really ripping people off are they????
They are ripping people off - if the software has been released by the author as freeware (or cheap shareware) then people are better off downloading the software direct from the author rather than paying some other muppet to burn a CD-R.
When shareware first started (before the 'Net kicked off) the only way to obtain the software was from shareware libraries, on disk, through the post. For this service the library would charge a fee for the disk, copying and postage. This money didn't go to the author; it was a charge for the service provided by the shareware library- with the authors consent (usually part of the T&Cs in the EULA (not that they were called EULAs back then!)).
Today you would be mad to pay someone to give you something that you could download yourself for less money- and that’s before even thinking about the cheek of someone charging for software when the author gets nothing. These people are not providing a service- it could be argued that they are collating the software in one place but most if not all freeware for Smartphone is available on Mono’s site as a free download. Why pay and wait for it in the post when one visit to either Mono’s site or MoDaCo and you will have everything you need?
It would be different if all of the software being sold in this way permitted this in the EULA – which I doubt very much. If you write software and are happy for it to be distributed this way then fine, put that in your EULA and there is no problem. The problem occurs when authors don’t want their software distributed this way and people do it anyway.
I've written software myself (see sig) and have released it for free if anyone finds it useful - and I would object to someone making money off of the hours of work that I put in creating the software. The short EULA that goes with it states that the software is not to be distributed without my permission – that’s all I ask for giving the software away for free.
Well, that’s my 2 cents…..
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