The Do's and Don'ts of Shareware, Part 2
Subject:   Shareware vs. Freeware
Date:   2002-10-27 07:46:50
From:   sanford
Response to: Shareware vs. Freeware

I'm not going to advise you to violate any trademarks or copyrights of Parker Brothers. (Sounds like a bad idea. Free or not, I think you'll still be liable.)

But you did have an interesting point: Does it help to have a freeware version and a shareware version of a given piece of software?

It really depends. It's possible that the freeware version could impact the sales of the shareware version significantly. Furthermore, you'll have to incur the additional complexity of maintaining and testing two different products. Even though they'd have most of their code in common, there's still lots of stuff that could go wrong, creating headaches you may not want. And don't forget that users of freeware sometimes want support too... and that takes time and money for you to provide.

Bottom line: it depends on your product and your market.