JBidwatcher's licensing summary
JBidwatcher 1.x is licensed as LGPL 2.0.
In addition, although not as a legal license addendum to 1.x, I have what should be a very small request:
Please do not re-sell the JBidwatcher program or code.
I understand fully that it's an explicit part of open source software to allow people to take it, strip the name off, and sell it as if they wrote it. This has happened to me four times now. It is, however, intensely demoralizing to me, having now put over nine years of effort into developing JBidwatcher, supporting my users, and keeping up with eBay's changes over the years.
JBidwatcher 2.x's license is similar to the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, with an explicit distinction that using the software to aid in a business buying and selling on eBay is absolutely encouraged. It's about avoiding undesired commercial distribution, not commercial use.
I am aware that BY-NC-SA is not generally intended for software licenses, but it comes closest to expressing my desires as an author.
Other pages on this site relating to licensing issues:
- The NanoXML license — used by the XML parsing code (heavily customized since)
- The SnipeIt debacle — the major triggering event for my license issues.