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Date:      Wed, 04 Jul 2001 10:33:23 -0400
From:      Technical Information <tech_info@threespace.com>
To:        FreeBSD Advocacy <advocacy@freebsd.org>
Subject:   RE: BSD, .Net comments - any reponse to this reasoning?
Message-ID:  <4.3.2.7.2.20010704102824.017f8008@threespace.com>
In-Reply-To: <000001c10458$7f6149c0$1401a8c0@tedm.placo.com>
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Actually, I've heard that Borland is going to be implementing a similar 
scheme in its next generation of development tools and require the user to 
register online or by some other means in order to get a key to run the 
software for more than a limited period of time.  Your software then 
essentially becomes a very expensive time-limited shareware demo until you 
complete that process.

Just as Microsoft led the Windows application industry away from version 
numbers (like 3.11, 4.0, 6.2a, etc.), I suspect that their legitimizing 
this new form of licensing will incite a lot of other companies to follow 
their lead.  Hopefully they won't all start telling us that we'll have to 
renew those licenses every few years or so either.

--Chip Morton



At 03:11 AM 7/4/2001, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>It's an eternal battle for the software publishers to convince end users
>_to_ give a ratt's ass about licensing.  I suspect that the
>fingerprinting/serialization/activation scheme that Windows XtraProfit will
>carry is going to convince quite a lot of clients to give quite a lot of
>shits about software licensing in quite a bit of hurry.
>
>Ted Mittelstaedt                      tedm@toybox.placo.com
>Author of:          The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide
>Book website:         http://www.freebsd-corp-net-guide.com
>
>
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