All in all, if B+M want to do the MT thing full time, they have to charge. It’s always a sting when something you’ve used for free goes paying, but in their case there really isn’t any other way.
Or, to rephrase, maybe Ben and Mena should just kill MT altogether and just live off the TypePad revenue. After all, it’s their baby they can do what they like with it. I think on the whole they feel ‘responsible’ to the community they helped create.
My complaint is down to the structure of the license. Commercial use (or non-casual use) isn’t to do with the number of blogs or authors. I personally publish about 20 sites, but only two or three are ‘active’ and only one really gets any traffic. If the ‘trust’ model holds up then I should be able to say that I ‘benefit’ from three blogs, and should compensate MT acordingly.
I know pricing by page views or logged-on publishing hours is impracticle, but I hope the guys try to find a new definition of what constitutes the benefit we need to be paying for.