Re: CUsm Source Licensing

Collins,Richard;ContStd; (RCOLLINS@LEIF.UCS.MUN.CA)
Fri, 13 Jan 1995 13:08:20 -0500

Your timing is poor. Had this occurred when the timelines for the
Windows and Mac versions were closer together I'd agree whole heartedly
but not now when PC users are hideously teased by the possibilities.

On Fri, 13 Jan 1995, Richard Cogger wrote:

> My mistake, I guess. One needs to put everything in the first couple lines
> of a message cause some folks don't read further...
> Quoting myself:
> "There WILL be a free distribution of CU-SeeMe source code from
> Cornell, but with some restrictions so as to preserve the value for those
> wanting to develop the technology commercially. Details are being worked
> out; stay tuned."
> and:
> "Incidentally, we DO plan to continue to develop and distribute
> free versions in executable form, as we presently do. This distribution
> will include the new Plug-In interface and Plug-In Software Development
> Kit, permitting others to develop and distribute add-on function modules
> with little restriction. (See announcements of version 0.80b later today
> or early next week.)"
> All of you who use CU-SeeMe, set up reflectors, etc. will continue to get
> all the CU-SeeMe we can manage to keep producing, and for FREE. Also,
> people who would like a product with some better user support behind it and
> documentation and so on MAY have the opportunity to get it at a price AND
> in so doing contribute a bit more to the continued availability and
> development of the FREE version.
> In addition, those who want access to the source code WILL be able to have
> it FOR FREE, as long as they're not using it to make money. And if they
> should later decide they want to make money with what they've done, they
> will know that they'll be able to get a commercial license on reasonable
> terms.
> Now unless I'm missing something, it seems that there's going to be MORE
> non $ CU-SeeMe out there than heretofore.
> Cheers, -Dick
> At 12:59 PM 1/13/95, Marc-Andre Schenk wrote:
> >This had to happen I guess.
> >
> >But wait a minute! What about all of us who set up reflectors and
> >showed CuSeeMe to friends, students, commercial entities, ... and who
> >(in a very small respect, I agree) contributed to the proof of
> >concept of CuSeeMe, by sharing some (and sometimes much) of the
> >bandwidth of our networks? Are we left with nothing?
> >
> >To me, the essential advantage of CuSeeMe is (was) its non $ nature.
> >
> >This non $ nature kept CuSeeMe alive. For where are the commercial
> >Internet providers who will be ready to host reflectors?
> >
> >Note that as of today January 13th, the "" reflector, which
> >has been up and running since October 12th, hosting several thousands
> >connections, WILL BE STOPPED.
> >
> >>Another quality product sees the dollar signs.
> >>
> >>>
> >>> Folks,
> >>> We are preparing to release CU-SeeMe source code (most of it) in
> >>> the next couple months for the Mac and Windows desktop clients. As several
> >>> organizations have approached us about licensing for commercial
> >>> distribution, we have decided not to put the code into the public domain or
> >>> otherwise do an unrestricted free distribution. Note that the reflector
> >>> sources continue to be freely available, although we don't promise that
> >>> will always be true.
> >>
> >>
> >>