You Don't Own What You've Bought

from the right-of-resale-doesn't-matter dept

Just a sad reminder that, thanks to ridiculous software licensing practices, if you buy used equipment on eBay, you might not be able to use it. In fact, if it's from some companies like Cisco, you might want to make sure you hide it from anyone who works there. People who have bought used equipment, and then had the original company find out about it are discovering that the company is saying their software license is not valid and they need to buy a new one - even though the equipment was already paid for by the original owner. Apparently "owner" is the wrong word, because these companies are basically saying you never actually own what you've bought. This is nothing new, of course, but the stories included in the article demonstrate just how ridiculous this practice is. Buy a data storage system for $4,000, and then have the company tell you you need to pay $15,000 if you actually want to use it? Have a Cisco rep spot a router you bought on eBay and have them demanding relicensing fees and an "inspection"? Thanks to bizarre intellectual property rules, you no longer own what you buy.
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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Aug 2003 @ 5:15am

    this won't stop the after market industry...

    My philosophy on Cisco IOS has dramatically changed in the last 10 months... I used to believe that it was a superior product worth buying, but with all the recent exploits, I have come to realize that it's just another bug ridden product with too many features and not enough testing.

    Cisco should follow the Ascend (Ass-End) TAOS development model of letting the customers install and test new code for free. Sure everyone complained about the quality of Ascend TAOS code when they had a bad release, but there are plenty of boxes out there that are still humming along with code from the 1990s (those folks just happened to have caught a nice stable release for their hardware rev. and feature set)

    A couple of thoughts for the cisco end of things:

    1 - shut up and support your products... I can alway load linux on cisco equipment. You wouldn't want me to do that, would you?

    2 - I could start buying my routers from Juniper or better yet, roll my own. You wouldn't want me to do that, would you?

    3 - Crappy IOS that doesn't get upgraded because of stupid company policies makes you, Cisco, look bad... very bad in some cases. You don't want that do you?

    4 - You're training Hight School students with the false expectation that they'll have a high paying job by displacing older workers with more experience. In between pissing off both parties, who's jobs are being outsourced to India at a record pace, do you ever wonder why your IOS ends up on P2P networks and nobody buys support contracts from you any longer?

    5 - Jesus... enough already... just get a clue.

    With corporate incompetence so blazingly obvious is it a wonder that the economey is in such bad shape?

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