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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
I have a product that is meant for private personal use only, and I currently have phrased it as such in the EULA and "About" dialog. The app is not yet released.
However, I'm thinking the word "personal" is iffy here, as in a user could use it at work and claim they personally were using it, as opposed to the company.
Should I therefore perhaps change it to "private home use only"?
Or am I over-thinking again? :)
OK, then perhaps "Individual non-commercial use", and then in the EULA you would specify, in more words, that it is licensed to one user only for purely non-commercial use, including any use as part of services rendered to any company or organization, whether at home or at the office. (Keep in mind, many people work from home for their company).
And yes, you are probably over-thinking (or over-caring) this again. :D
Perhaps if you know of software which operates with this kind of licence you could read their EULA's at least as a starting point.
Having said that, I wouldn't get too hung up on the wording of the EULA. Will any of your customers really read it?
Perhaps a simple sentence on the features page for each version would suffice. AT least it is prominent and more likely to be read: "Free for personal use in a non-commercial environment" versus "For use in commercial, business and home business environments including non-profit organisations" (or whatever).
I know Team Viewer does this - don't know how they word it in their EULA, you might look, but it's clear it's free for personal use; paid for business.
With that said, I know all kinds of IT companies that use the free Team Viewer version to give support to their clients regardless and they don't seem embarrassed to be brazenly "stealing" software in front of their clients. Their clients have asked me to use it and then seemed taken aback when I balked.
I may sound like a prude but it really surprised me because these same companies -- largely IT and Law Firms -- usually come across as pretty careful about following licensing guidelines. I guess they figured they would not get caught.
I mention this because you may get a lot of people fully understanding what you mean whether you say personal or find a tighter way to word it, but who choose to cheat you.
There seems to be something about the psychology of "free for personal but not business" that leaves many feeling ambivalent about paying.
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