question about terms and conditions

  • Adrianw

    #7103

    I’ve just purchased Neo because I want to evaluate it for one of my clients.

    I want to make sure I do the right thing according to the Terms and Conditions.

    The purchase screen says “Single end product, unlimited sites install with lifetime updates”

    Does “unlimited” include installing Neo on one of the sites I build for my client?

    What happens if I pass away or am otherwise unable to continue maintaining my client’s site?

    At that point could he purchase a license in his own name?

    Or should he purchase Neo for himself at the beginning, when his site is ready to go live?

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #36959
    Quote:
    Does “unlimited” include installing Neo on one of the sites I build for my client?

    Yes.

    Quote:
    What happens if I pass away or am otherwise unable to continue maintaining my client’s site?

    At that point could he purchase a license in his own name?

    Or should he purchase Neo for himself at the beginning, when his site is ready to go live?

    He could, but he doesn’t strictly need to.

    Graphene Mobile Neo is released under the GNU GPLv3 licence. The licence stipulates that once you’ve obtained the theme, you’re free to do practically anything with it, including redistributing or even reselling the theme. This is the kind of freedom that the GPLv3 licence gives you, and this is really the at the heart of open-source softwares and community.

    The intention is that once you’ve obtained a software (either for free or for a fee), you should be free to modify, learn, or build on that software so that you or other people might benefit from it. This is very different from proprietary software where you don’t even have access to the software’s source code.

    Inherent within this wide-ranging freedom that you are granted is also the unwritten trust that you would not abuse that freedom that has been granted to you, for example by freely distributing it on warez sites or via torrent, or reselling it without any added benefits, etc. Without honouring this trust, the open-source community will quickly crumble and everyone will be at the mercy of big corporations with their closed-source softwares.

    Remember that open-source projects and community needs financial income to be sustainable, because we have costs to bear too, including (but not limited to) server costs, labour costs, legal costs, etc. This is especially important if we were to devote more of our time developing open-source softwares, because we the developers need to eat too. Time spent on open-source projects is time not spent with families, friends, hobbies, and other jobs that could earn us better pay.

    The bottom line is, it’s really up to you. If you deem that the value provided by the theme warrants purchasing another copy for your client, then you’re welcome to do that. But if you don’t deem it that way, you don’t have to purchase another copy for your client, and we won’t hold any grudge.

    Chris

    #36960

    I was wondering about that same licensing question myself. Very nicely put Syahir. One downside of that though, is that people work their hind ends off and really don’t see much of a profit, except by contributing to a community that is already flooded with so much free stuff, that no one wants to pay for anything, because they think it’s “easy” because everyone’s doing it.

    It kind of devalues my skills and yours too. But then again, there are those out there that have the money and are willing to pay for something done right. Which leads me to a couple of questions that I came here to ask to begin with (which may not be the place, but I didn’t know how else to personally ask you):

    1. How do you rate the company that you have hired to do the work for your sites now, for the whole graphene combination site?
    2. Did they design the wordpress theme that you are using now, or is it a theme that you purchased and they began organizing content?
    3. Finally, where do you recommend that someone go to find decent freelance web design jobs for those wanting WordPress help?

    I went to school for a couple years for an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science with a focus on web design, but I haven’t really tried to find work per se, but instead, have been using Graphene on my own site to modify the heck out of everything so that I could better learn WP and php. Any suggestions? One thing’s for sure, I know Graphene pretty well, lol.

    Prasanna SP

    #36961

    1. AFAIK, the company that designed the Graphene brand website is co-owned by Syahir’s sister.

    2.

    3. http://jobs.wordpress.net/

    Syahir will answer in detail. 🙂

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #36962

    They do the design, that is, a set of PSD files that are perfect mockups of how the site should look like. Then, I do all the coding and programming that turn those designs into a fully functional website.

    It’s no small feat. If one were to contract that job out, it would cost a lot of money.

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