|Originally posted by coolhand
i dont agree with it either, but the fact is, you never realy own the software, just the disk that it comes on (its there somewhere in the usage agreement, that of course is so long no one has ever read the whole thing).....but it still sucks...we all know it does nothing to stop pirate copys of xp....
Are you referring to the End-User License agreement? That thing is a joke, there are parts of it that say if you don’t agree, you can return the unused (read unopened) software for a full refund. I have read many horror stories on Dell forums and other laptop forums, of people buying Dells and trying to return the software unopened in any way, and they were refused the refund that the end user was guaranteed by the software agreement (these users installed Linux on there computers).
I agree piracy of software has not been muted at all; it has been inflamed if anything. Microsoft has drug it into the spotlight were as before it was little known, and little done. Now (almost) everyone knows you can buy a CD-R and copy all your favorite programs. Much as Napster did for the music industry. I can not tell you how many people I know found out about mp3 trading over the news because of Napster.
Enterprise computer corporations are taking notice of the slow economy just like the rest of us, sometimes on a much larger scale. Imagination would leave one to believe if they were to spend the same amount of money or even a close amount as they did 5 years ago, they will need to increase profits. Forcing the end users out there that are not paying for software they are using and forcing them to start paying for it, would increase profits.
The payment of the software should be enforced at the time of acquisition of the disc. Updates for the software that fix problems that existed at the time of release should be quickly released and easy to obtain. Or wait, Maybe there should not be as many, or any, problems in the software when it is received, thus creating a happy customer who is willing to pay for return business (we all paid for our first Microsoft OS with our Compaq’s, Dell’s and other pre-made machines) and not forced to continuing to do business with a company that has been known for stealing software for themselves, squashing out enemies, and at times releasing sub-par products to be patched later.