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License to use?

Sat Aug 9 16:22:57 GMT 2003 License to use?

Infoworld reports in The hidden cost of hardware that some companies who have bought used equipment have been surprised to find that the manufacturers want new licenses to use the software therein. This is particularly apt to be true when requesting maintenance agreements.

Well, gosh, what would you expect? I'm surprised that anyone would think anything else. Sure, it's great if the original vendor doesn't do that, but it's hardly cause for outrage.

Whenever you buy any used equipment, you should know ahead of time what rights you have to any software built in to it (EVERYTHING beyond a hammer has software in it today). If it's going to cost you money to use it, that simply affects the price. No reason to get angry about it, is there?

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