iSudoku distribution permissions and end-user license agreement
DEFINITION OF SHAREWARE
Shareware distribution gives users a chance to try software before buying it. If you try a Shareware program and continue using it, you are expected to register (i.e. purchase it).
Copyright laws apply to both Shareware and commercial software, and the copyright holder retains all rights, with a few specific exceptions as stated below. Shareware authors are accomplished programmers, just like commercial authors, and the programs are of comparable quality. (In both cases, there are good programs and bad ones!) The main difference is in the method of distribution. The author specifically grants the right to copy and distribute the software, either to all and sundry or to a specific group. For example, some authors require written permission before a book publisher may bundle their software onto a CD.
Shareware is a distribution method, not a type of software. You should find software that suits your needs and pocketbook, whether it's commercial or Shareware. The Shareware system makes fitting your needs easier, because you can try before you buy. And because the overhead is low, prices are low. Shareware has the ultimate money-back guarantee -- if you do not use the product, you do not pay for it.
DISCLAIMER - AGREEMENT
Users of iSudoku must accept this disclaimer of warranty:
"iSudoku is supplied as is. The author disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability and of fitness for any purpose. The author assumes no liability for damages, direct or consequential, which may result from the use of iSudoku."
iSudoku is a "shareware program" and is provided at no charge to the user for evaluation. Feel free to share it with your friends, but please do not give it away altered or as part of another system. The essence of "user-supported" software is to provide personal computer users with quality software without high prices, and yet to provide incentive for programmers to continue to develop new products. If you find this program useful and find that you are using iSudoku and continue to use iSudoku after a reasonable trial period, you must make a registration payment of US$11.95 to A-Crystal-Man Software Studio. The US$11.95 registration fee will license one copy for use on any one computer at any one time. You must treat this software just like a book. An example is that this software may be used by any number of people and may be freely moved from one computer location to another, so long as there is no possibility of it being used at one location while it's being used at another.
Anyone distributing iSudoku for any kind of remuneration must first contact A-Crystal-Man Software Studio at the address below for authorization. This authorization will be automatically granted to distributors recognized by the (ASP) as adhering to its guidelines for shareware distributors, and such distributors may begin offering iSudoku immediately (However A-Crystal-Man Software Studio must still be advised so that the distributor can be kept up-to-date with the latest version of iSudoku.).
You are encouraged to pass a copy of iSudoku along to your friends for evaluation. Please encourage them to register their copy if they find that they can use it. All registered users will receive a copy of the latest version of iSudoku.
Contact A-Crystal-Man Software Studio at http://www.acrystalman.com/.