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Simple Question About Licensing
Posted by: Scott Johnson
Date: August 05, 2004 02:41PM

I'm sure this has been beat over the rocks, but I just couldn't get a good enough grasp of how to go about Licensing mySQL in the following scenario.

Say I want to develop a "for profit" stand alone single user application. For the sake of an example a home inventory application. I would want to distribute this software via cd-rom, website download, etc...

Since my application adds value beyond just being a database i.e. a nice GUI, importing tools etc... It's not like I'm re-selling mySQL, I'm selling a value added application that uses mySQL as the datastore.

I understand that as the developer of this commercial software, I would need to purchase the commercial license for mySQL. My big question comes in on what my costs are going to be w/regards to distributing my application and the mySQL engine that my application will rely on.

Basically, what I am afraid of is that my application will only be able to sell for $30-$50 at the very most, if I have to pass on the $250 cost of a mySQL license to each of my customers, I'm probably not going to get many sales...

Thanks for anything that will clear this up for me.

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