• Subject: RE: Release License API Ethics
  • From: Bob Crothers <bob@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 08:45:08 -0000
  • Organization: Cornerstone Communications, LLC

Bob,

Did you or your company sign a license agreement?  If so, that is the 
model you have to work with.  It doesn't matter if you "agree" with 
the model being used....somebody signed the agreement which means they 
agreed.  If not, then you probably aren't supposed to be using the 
software at all.

And many packages use the model you are talking about...which is "how 
many times is it being used right now".  And it is a valid model (but 
not the one Cornerstone uses).

If that is the model your vendor is using, then you are violating the 
license agreement (read: contract) by subverting it.  You might get 
away with it right now.  But what happens if they find out?  Perhaps 
they are lurking on Midrange-L?

When they find out, they can of course sue you.  Or, deny any form of 
support.  Then what happens when you get a new AS/400 and the package 
doesn't work?  Or a Y2K bug is found?  Or a new version of OS/400 
breaks the software you are using? Or.....
Cheating/stealing now will bite you and/or your company down the road.

Regards,
Bob Crothers
Cornerstone Communications, LLC



-----Original Message-----
From:   Bob Randall [SMTP:BLR@airxcel.com]
Sent:   Thursday, November 11, 1999 3:47 PM
To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject:        RE: Release License API Ethics

Thanks to all for the replies.

;-) No, I will not hold anyone legally responsible. ;-)

I was a little concerned about the "moral" issue. I think I have a 
legal
right to delete users and add the new ones as needed, but to do this
"automatically" seemed to be skirting around in legalities (what is 
the
meaning of is? <ha-ha>).

I disagree with my software vendor about their licensing practices, 
and the
definition of concurrent. They seem to think concurrent means I use a
license for each emulation session I start. I tend to think as long as 
I use
one sign on, one PC, one AS/400, one line, it is one use, regardless 
of the
number of windows. But that is another issue.

Thanks again,
Moral Bob

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
> [mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of Jim Langston
> Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 1999 12:39 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: Release License API Ethics
>
>
> Oh, oh, oh!  Now it makes MUCH more sense 8-)
>
<big snip>
>


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