As some of you know, the Joplin Server license is different from the rest of the project - it's a "Free for Personal Use Only" license and it disallows commercial use.
The issue is that it's been written by myself (not a lawyer) and when it comes to licenses it's hard to tell if it's valid or not. Meanwhile people contact me now and then as they essentially want to run a Joplin Cloud clone, making a nice profit while I'm doing all the work for free.
So to make sure the license is solid, I've contacted a few lawyers to get a quote and it would be something like $400 to $500. Unfortunately that's quite a lot and more than I'm willing to pay, especially since I don't benefit from it - I'm only making the server available in the spirit of open source (even though it's not FOSS) but if I have to pay for it that's a different story. For me it would be free to just take the source code offline.
Because of that, I've thinking of perhaps crowdfunding the license? That's probably a bit unusual but it makes sense since it means anybody who's interested in self hosting Joplin Server can contribute a bit. Once we reach $500, I get a lawyer and we have something solid that really allows anyone to self-host while preventing businesses from cloning Joplin Cloud.
What do you think? Do you think there would be some interest in this? If so any suggestion on what platform could be used?