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 @ 5:23am

    Buy IOS from the same place you bought the hardwar

    You know...

    Resellers (who are often "Cisco Authorized") are more than happy to sell you the IOS licenses in addition to the hardware. If a cisco rep. gives you a load of shit about your gear, just point them at the resller.

    In some cases the resellers are more than happy to provide support to. You can clue you cisco rep. in that he/she/it needs to calm down by letting them know that you could just go to the realler for your support.

    Besides all of that, I see no reason to let a official, honest-to-god cisco employee see my critical infrastructure. Same really goes with all vendors. They can invite me to their lab to demo their stuff, but there's no way I'd expose my well thought out network to a walking (strong-arm) sales pitch. Sounds like pointy-haired boss type of thing to do.

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