We understand that FOSS licensed software does not meet the needs of all organizations or independent developers creating software for embedded devices. In our work with organizations, large and small, building embedded software we have encountered many different reasons why FOSS is not a viable option, particularly for mission critical aspects of a product. We want these organizations to be able to use our software. Because these organizations are not contributing by making their own code available to us and others under a FOSS license, we believe it is fair to ask them to pay a license fee for the use of our software to help support our on-going software development.
Additionally, organizations expect warranties, IP provenance, patent rights, on-demand bug fixes, and development assistance from the software they license for use in their products. These have a real cost and require a full time staff.
It is common in the embedded software space to only provide licensing pricing under a non-disclosure agreement. There are good reasons for this, especially since each potential licensee has unique circumstances which can change the license cost and terms. Still, we don't like it when we are asked to sign an NDA to receive a simple price quote. In the interest of promoting the kind of transparency we'd like to see in the embedded software market, we provide our licensing costs publicly.
For use of the Moddable SDK in a product using a commercial software license, Moddable charges twenty-five cents (US dollar) per unit. This price is valid for any volume. If you are a small shop shipping 1000 units of an embedded device, the commercial license is truly only $250.
We understand that organizations shipping a large volume of products may feel a volume discount is appropriate. We are open to that discussion.
Our commercial license includes:
- Representations of Moddable's ownership rights and right to license
- Licensee's right to modify
- Right to use relevant Moddable patents
- Bug fixes
- Development support
- No charge for development tools (i.e. no per-seat development license)
Note: Support level commensurate with licensee's product volume.
The pricing quoted here applies only to products that obtain a commercial license to the Moddable SDK prior to shipping the Moddable SDK. Products that ship without first obtaining a commercial license do so under all applicable FOSS licenses.
Any large organization will have its own particular requirements. We are open to reviewing those to find a way to support them if at all possible.
For questions about the Moddable SDK commercial license, contact us here