Licencing options for developer libraries

Discussion in 'App Store Business, Legal and Marketing' started by alecberry, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2013
    This is my first ever post so be gentle with me :D

    I have a client who is developing a library for iPhone apps which gives the developers some tools to improve the user interface (they won't want me going into much more detail). They would like to license the library in such a way that they can charge the developer a nominal fee per ultimate download of any app which uses the library ($0.001 for example).

    Does anyone know what kind of licence would be appropriate for this kind of commercial agreement and whether Apple would allow such an agreement (or are they they only organisation who are allowed to make money on a per-download basis?).

    Thanks in advance, Alec
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    Sounds like it's covered under the "Sux to be the developer using it" license.

    What if the App is free to the end user?
    I paid $1065 AU for licensing (in perpetuity) for a free App,
    but would not under any circumstance, have agreed to pay even $0.001
    for the use of the same data per end user download.

    Sorry, don't have any answers for you, but another question,
    How does the owner of the library know how many downloads an App has,
    other than trusting the word of the developer using it?
  3. macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    Download numbers aren't public so how can you legally obtain the info to send them a bill?

    Your relying on developer honesty. So you end up with a pay what you think it's worth model.
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Part of the licensing contract could require access to an iTunes Connect account (with Sales role) in order to verify download numbers.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seems so easy now!

    Still the first part.
    Am I the only one in opposition to any pay as you go lisencing scheme?
    Obviously, if you end up paying a fortune, at 0.001, or whatever,
    the author made a lot more income than that, and is happy.

    Personally, it would have to be something very special on offer.
    There could come a time where the author doesn't want to think about a
    particular app for a period.

    There would be some perpetuity in the licensing if the author was charged
    per app update, therefore, only being charged while you are working on it.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    That would be a massively valuable collection of data if they get a few developers to sign up.

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