Once Freeware always Freeware
- Hi Ed,
This is actually a bit different...
If I am not mistaken, all freeware remains freeware *for the
release that is came out as freeware.* What I mean is if you have
a copy of earlier versions of any freeware, it will always be
freeware. The author can release the same version # as non-
freeware, but the copy you have will remain freeware.
Anyway, sometimes you can do a search for older versions and
somebody might legally have it on their site because the
documentation said it could be distributed freely.
I'm a supporter of shareware, but sometimes they mess up the
program as far as what I need and I need to stick with the
version best suitable for me. If my conscious bothers me enough I
can always buy the shareware (use the freeware) or send a
contribution. :) But, I've never been bothered that much by it. <g>
>Right so it is not free for those of us who are not students or
>otherwise in education in some manner. To me that means it is not
>free for me or others who are not in the educational field in the
>area of degree granting. But when I downloaded it, it was in a
>window that just stated it was free to use by a non business
>computer in a home environment ( I am paraphasing it as I
>remember reading it) In fact if it is to be used in a degree
>granting educational institution that would even leave out High
>Schools, grade schools both students and teachers. It has such a
>limited free use that I described as no longer being free.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Marcelo de Castro Bastos
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 11:15 AM
> Subject: Re: [NH] Delete last request please!
> On 6/5/2004 11:19, Ed Brown invited the wrath of the gods by saying:
> > The last time I looked WS_FTP LE was no longer free. But that changes
> > on occasion.
> > Ed
> It is still free (there is no paid licence available for WS-FTP LE), but
> the licence restricts its usage to educational purposes in
> "degree-granting institutions." Noneligible users must buy the Pro
> version (or use another product, like the free FileZilla). The relevant
> paragraph on the licence is this:
> Ipswitch grants you a non-exclusive license to use the Software free of
> charge for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY IF YOU ARE A STUDENT, FACULTY
> MEMBER OR STAFF MEMBER OF A DEGREE-GRANTING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
> (K-12, JUNIOR COLLEGE, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY). Commercial use for
> training, certification or use by nonprofit organizations is not
> allowed. If you do not meet the requirements for free use of the
> Software, you can evaluate or purchase a license to WS_FTP Pro, a
> commercial version of this product.