When you first begin using IBO in a "for-profit" endeavor, this becomes your commercial usage anniversary date.
Under Trustware you are asked to be accountable for such usage and consider supporting the product with a contribution that is comfortable for you. You are asked to determine your own anniversary date and, from that point forward while you are using
IBO, to keep your registration current.
Your initial "purchase" is a one-year subscription for access to and usage of IBO and any minor updates made during that period. Should you wish to keep using IBO and continue to receive
minor updates past that original first year, it becomes your due to extend your contribution in six-month blocks.
new major release comes out six months after your anniversary date, you are again asked to consider an upgrade to make that jump up. To keep it simple, the suggested costs are the same for either extension or upgrade. When the Kylix suite is released out of beta, the same will apply to multi-platform coverage.
A subscriber is entitled to continue to use components for which a subscription was paid, and to deploy applications that use those components, indefinitely. However, once a subscription expires and is allowed to lapse, the extension and upgrade benefits cease to apply.
I do not want a case to arise where, because of hardship, a subscriber is forced to abandon IBO. If you think you have a special hardship case, you are more than welcome to write to me to request a reduction or waiver of your subscription dues for a reasonable period of time.