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Ransom model for Free software development?

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I ran across this today:
http://www.theoretic.com/projects/ransom

Personally, I think it's a great idea.

Even if big companies don't use it, it might be interesting for small developers who want to make their projects Free/libre, but need money. Smiling

What do you think about it?

Another interesting project I discovered recently is COfundOS: http://cofundos.org/index.php

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I think ransom is a great

I think ransom is a great model, but the article you linked describes it as different than I usually think of it. The ransom model that I like is one in which the software simply remains unreleased until a desired amount of money is pledged for it, not releasing software as proprietary and then as free.

In the latter case, which theoretic.com describes still ends up restricting people for a time with no good reason. I also don't really agree that "keeping them proprietary is the best choice for copyright authors who need a steady income to live well". It's just a common myth. Even in a proprietary world there is plenty of competition in many software and art fie