VMS distribution?

From: John Foust <jfoust_at_threedee.com>
Date: Wed Feb 11 09:59:10 1998

Joe <rigdonj_at_intellistar.net> wrote:
>>OK, let's say I pull an old PC and some boxes out of a dumpster, and
>>there's a set of original AutoCAD Release 9 disks. By your rule, how
>>can I tell if I own a legit copy or not?
> Real simple. It they're original disks then it's a legit copy! Doesn't
>matter if it came from a dumpster or not.

No, it's not necessarily a legit copy. Autodesk sold one license
of the software, not one for each upgrade. You can't give away your
old disks if you upgrade. Licenses do not multiply when you upgrade.

>But unless you specificly agreed to that BEFORE you bought the software
>they can't hold you to it. The shrink-wrapped "agreements" are completely
>worthless. The US federal courts have made that ruling several times.

Leaving aside your quick dismissal of swaths of software precedent,
how exactly do you define "separate, licensed copies of software"?
Your "disk equals license" rule seems far too wishy-washy to me.
What's special about a disk? Are you saying that every copy a
company sends you is a separate "copy" that can be given away?

- John
Jefferson Computer Museum <http://www.threedee.com/jcm>
Received on Wed Feb 11 1998 - 09:59:10 GMT

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