So I got a nice e-mail from Six Apart today explaining that they’d heard the complaints regarding their licensing scheme for the new Movable Type 3.0 Developer Edition, and were making some changes to address them. They’ve got a summary of the changes on their corporate blog.
Here’s what they’ve decided to do:
These are all welcome changes, and it’s good to see Six Apart taking the reaction to their initial announcement constructively and using the feedback to find ways to improve their offering (rather than just seeing it as whiny users who won’t pay for software). But none of them address one of my main concerns with their licensing scheme, which was that it was just too complex — especially for personal/hobbyist users.
In fact, these changes, in some ways, just add complexity to the terms. Now I can get more realistic pricing, but I’ve got to deal with “Weblog” meaning one thing in the software and and another thing in the licensing terms, and figure out how many add-on packs I need to buy to get in compliance, and watch my blogs to see if any that haven’t been used recently suddenly sputter to life so I know if I need to pay up for them too…
I’d almost rather just pay a flat fee — even if it’s more expensive — if it meant I could use the software without having to become a part-time accountant at the same time.
(Of course, I can do that by plumping for one of the higher-end personal licenses, which come with more blogs/authors/etc. out of the box… but then I’m back to paying $100+, like I was before this announcement. And I still have to watch my usage in those cases — where is the über-expensive Personal License with no limits on the number of blogs or authors?)
So — it’s good to see them reacting to people’s feedback. They seem to be addressing some of the common concerns. I just wish they could find a way to do so that didn’t require all this creeping complexity.
[This entry cross-posted at Just Well Mixed]Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at May 15, 2004
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