Yes, I would definitely pay for ROMs and themes
Yes, I would pay for ROMs but not themes
No, I love ROMs because they are FREEEEEEE.....
No, this is a terrible idea
I'm not sure
May have already been said, but I personally had nothing but issues with my phone after rooting and had to go back stock. I would have been exceptionally angry if that had cost me $. I guess, in a way, it *did* as I paid for the Root package app (can't remember the name currently)
Personally, I haven't seen any theme I like. They are all so jumbled mostly unless its just icon changes. The only theme I ever used was a blackbar mod and that is now part of Rubix. As for paying for ROMs, maybe, but not if its expensive. The iPhone used to have a great free hacker community but they all got greedy as **** and it all turned to ****. Don't do that Android community. Keep the spirit of Free Open Source...well...free.
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As for the issue at hand, I would pay for some of the features that are out here. I bought the bootstrapper, don't use any DX roms. I think the difference is the level of support and the fact that a lot of themes are products that people are going to make anyways, for their own phones. I'll be more than happy to pay for the bootloader unlock. Same goes for cyanogenmod (even though I really like some of the features from the blur apps).
Put simply, the devs are getting what they are willing to work for, else they would simply stop uploading their stuff.
What devs could do is just make their latest update require a donation, and let people have the older version (so liberty 1.0 would be free but 1.5 would be 50cents or a dollar.... just an idea
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Okay, Sorry I haven't responded.... I have now read everyone's comments and here is what I propose.
The pay structure would be like that of LauncherPro and ADW (I assume, I've only used LP) Roms would be free to download from the forums. Features inside the Rom would only be unlocked through a paypal "donation" that returned a key in order to activate. A few rules would have to be in place for this to work:
1. Nothing could cost more than $2
This would keep the prices so low it would not matter if the user decided to only use the rom for a few days..... if you have a problem with paying $2..... too bad for you
2. Developers could only charge to unlock the features that they have written and were not included in the source code (to alleviate the legal problems)
A custom look/Icons/Backgrounds/Notification bar mods/Boot Animations/Overclocking/Liberty and Apex Toolboxes etc.
3. Payment could not be mandatory for installing the ROM
This would allow people to test the stability on their device before committing to the ROM
Themes would have to be on a trial period of some sort and expire unless you purchased them and could not cost more than $1. I don't see any legal issues with themes since none of it is taken from source.
I believe a structure like this could work. What do you guys think?
This will never happen on D/F or any of our Sister Sites - we are here for the community, and making members pay for anything we support is out of the question -
I completely respect that. I apologize if I am stretching the terms of the forums here.
Please understand that the only reason I have mentioned this is because I see how hard the developers are working and the amount of people who take the time to donate is ridiculously small.
I want the devs to be properly supported. If everyone who downloaded a rom would donate $1 there would never be any reason to mention a "for pay" system.
How many people who downloaded rubiX, Apex or Liberty did not donate anything and then went to the market and paid $2 for a live wallpaper or soundboard app?
We need to support the guys working hard that keep us coming back to this forum!
Paying for roms?!?!?!
Charging for roms would be a legal fiasco for a few reasons:
1. AOSP, I am pretty sure that as soon as you build upon the android source code you are entering into an agreement NOT to sell for profit
2. Oracle, Oracle will sue anyone using anything related to Dalvik VM for profit
You call me names, I call your Mom!!
Well.... the legality of using AOSP might be in the realm of possibility (granted you get a written agreement with google...which is probably a big leap) ... according to android's site's terms of service Android.com
Under Section 8. Content in the Services
8.2 You should be aware that Content presented to you as part of the Services, including but not limited to advertisements in the Services and sponsored Content within the Services may be protected by intellectual property rights which are owned by the sponsors or advertisers who provide that Content to Google (or by other persons or companies on their behalf). You may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on this Content (either in whole or in part) unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by Google or by the owners of that Content, in a separate agreement.
Not helping, 10. License from Google
10.2 You may not (and you may not permit anyone else to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Software or any part thereof, unless this is expressly permitted or required by law, or unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by Google, in writing.
Which that being said could put roms against google's terms of service (unless you have some deal with google that you can distribute your roms). Google might be too big to care about someone modding code and redistributing it, but selling the code could peek their interest.