Sideview Utils

 

Licensing FAQ



Is Sideview Utils 2.X free?

When you download it through the website you will accept the “Sideview Free Internal Use License Agreement”. While this places some restrictions on your usage, it is indeed free. You can read that agreement here.


How about the old version – Sideview Utils 1.3.5?

That is distributed under the LGPL, so it is also free. However it is REALLY OLD. Meaning you will be the lucky winner of bugs that have since been fixed, performance problems that have since been adressed, and features that had yet to be written. 99% of companies will have no issue with the restrictions they find in the “Sideview Free Internal Use License Agreement”, and so they should keep Sideview Utils up to date. You can however get the old 1.3.5 version from Splunkbase.


My Legal/Procurement department wont like the licensing terms – what do I do?

This happens. Sideview is flexible here, but not as regards the “free” agreement. Instead we would start from a different agreement – the “Sideview Internal Use License Agreement” This has a standard pricing model, and we basically negotiate license riders and redlines your legal wants on top of this starting point. Contact us for the pricing. Again 99% of the couple thousand companies using Sideview Utils 2.X are just using the internal use License Agreement (By our numbers, 99.4%). It is bizzare to have dual-licensing where one is free and the other is paid but this has been something customers have actually asked for and we’ll keep doing it as long as it works.


What about if I’m a Splunk consultant?

The free license extends not only to employees of company X but also specifically to its agents and consultants. This means when you’re just fulfilling a services contract with your customers, you’re actually considered to be working on behalf of your customer. As long as everything you do there is “internal” to that customer then you’re fine. Where you can get into trouble is if you have a prewritten app or “template” owned by your company, you license that common base of stuff to your customer, and then just customize the top parts for them. If you’re doing something like that then you are really distributing and licensing your own IP to third parties and you should keep reading.


What about if I actually do want to create my own app and distribute it or allow my end-customers to use my Splunk instance?

Then you need the Sideview Developer Agreement which includes support. With one of these you can ship as many copies of that app as you like, or expose as many end-customers to that hosted service as you like, etc. Contact us for full terms. Pricing is $5K per year per app or per solution, with the first two years required.


What if I want to give this app/solution/something away for free?

Although this is definitely on a case-by-case basis, I will say that Sideview has sometimes granted a free OEM right to friendly customers who want to distribute an app and never want to monetize it, not even as a driver of other business. We are trying to improve this here but it’s happened a few times so contact us to talk about this. Again this is purely at Sideview’s discretion and it is unusual.

 

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