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Wednesday, July 06, 2005


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David C (above) said:
"Every pay for software out there states on their fine print that what you've paid for is the right to use it. Right that can be withdrawn by the software maker. In other words, you are leasing the software."

I have yet (after 15+ years using software) to hear of a single case in which a software company has revoked the right to use its "purchased" software: Adobe, Macromedia, Microsoft, etc. are too smart to do such a thing--their customers would go nuts. [It may have happened, but you've got more chance of being struck by an errant asteroid.]

While technically accurate, your point doesn't seem to me to represent real life experience as we know it...it's well intentioned, and maybe you are personally okay with the subscription model, BUT "regular" people-like relatives-who buy software (as well as techies who know the small print) expect that "when they buy it, they own it." And owning it means that "it will continue to work."

And when you think about it, unless a software application "phones home" periodically, it's not even necessarily possible for a company to make contact with every customer in the future to get them to stop using it. If it did, we'd call it spyware...

People here who are responding to Nick's post seem to me to be expressing their disapproval of being roped into a business model that involves subscribing to software that will someday "time out" unless a fee is paid when that "someday" rolls around--I for one think that's VERY different from present-day software licensing small print.

Just one further thought: what happens, if in the "far future" NewsGator is no more? Following the lines it is logical to say that, if FD can't connect to NG anymore, it won't activate, even with the subscription just been renewed ... :O

I really dislike the subscription model. It is always a way of making you buy things you do not want. If you subscribe to a (print) magazine you are buying the poor issues as well as the good ones and provided the magazine does not do too many poor issues in a row it does not matter if they get it wrong, the revenue still rolls in.
I like FD but I only plan to pay for it once. If an upgrade came out with something I needed I might pay twice but subscription so that I can access NewsGator "features" I neither need nor want? - no way.

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