For those of you who have been putting off making that pornographic film featuring Crystal Reports, you had better do it before you upgrade to Crystal Reports 2008 Release 2. After that point you will be restricted from using Crystal Reports images in your pornography. You don’t believe me? Well read the new license for yourself. SAP has told several of my readers that the license for Eclipse is identical to the one for CR 2008 R2. (The page says “Log-in required” but at least today it works without a log-in.) Read the restrictions in section 4.3 item b). If the first ‘license’ link moves, use the link on the ‘Eclipse’ page.
Besides restricting your cinematic options, the part most of you should be complaining about is section 4.3 item a). As I mentioned in my earlier post, this is aimed directly at removing the last independent courseware vendor, Vision Harvest, from the market. If Vision Harvest stops producing Crystal Reports course books, and if everyone else becomes convinced that they have to get SAP’s permission to use their screenshots, then SAP will be able to charge any fee they want for the “right” to publish a coursebook. I predict course books costing $150 -$200 per book, if they succeed.
It will surprise some of you to learn that this license change has no direct effect on me at all. As many of you know, I have never used screenshots in my materials. My concern is that this hidden attempt to fleece users will backfire and damage the Crystal Reports brand in the long term. So do yourself a favor and let the folks at SAP/BO know what you think before this license takes affect. Send an Email to Beth Christopher (first name , period, last name @SAP.com).
And if you do make that film let me know.