Am considering how to communicate to a friend, asking me to do some bespoke programming, that I am valuable for this purpose precisely because my work is licensed to all under conditions.

It's pretty damned rude to ask for both “mate's rates” *and* insist on keeping the result proprietary. You're asking both to control it exclusively forever and to pay nothing for that advantage.

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Mate, if you want me to write code for you, I'm happy to charge you for only my time and release the code to all under a license. You get my effort, you get the code written to your specifications, you get to use it before anyone else even knows that it exists. That's a good deal!

Keep the code proprietary so that I can't use it elsewhere in my career? That's antisocial, and it costs a *lot* extra.

@bignose I think the principle is good but keep it matter-of-fact and let the money guide the decision:

"I'd suggest one of two options: a) [Valuable Feature] under a license where I can reuse the work and show it to others to help further my career [$price] or b) [Valuable Feature] with copyright assigned to you [$significantly larger price]."

@bignose and I usually finish with "How would you like to proceed?"

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