[License-discuss] Mixed 5yr non-open then fully open license

John Dupuy john at cattailcreek9.com
Mon Jul 30 20:40:52 UTC 2018

As I could not find anything comparable, I actually wrote a new license last year I called "MR5A". I used it for my first mobile app, which I'm distributing on Google Play. I'm now using on a few more applications. A few folks I know are considering using it.

But, before things keep going ... and I know the last thing the world need is yet another license ... I'd like to ask he experts on this list a few questions:

1. Is there a license similar to this anywhere else? If so, I'll adopt that one and suppress this one.
2. Do you see any huge downsides to this license?

Details: https://www.makerredux.com/license/MR5.html

This is a two-phase license:
  A. For 5 years it is a commercial license. The source code is merely viewable for educational purposes, but is not open.
  B. After the 5 year expiration, the source code becomes fully permissive open source.

The license states explicitly that any code added during the 5 years does not change the expiration deadline. So any new code or changed code is commercial for LESS than 5 years.

The license also includes assets such as pictures and sounds if they are part of the source code "repository".


Thanks in advance on any advice or feedback!

  John Dupuy
  john at cattailcreek9.com

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