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 @ 11:33am

    NetApp

    Happened to me. I wanted to buy a NetApp on eBay to use at home, and called NetApp to see about getting docs. They would not give out docs unless you were a 'registered customer with a support contract'. OK, so what does it take to get a support contract.

    Well, it turns out the hardware needs to be sent back to NetApp and they will re-certify it for $15,000, then you have to license each protocol you want to use. Thanks, but no thanks. $400 for the hardware and $20k for the 'certification'? Sounds like a ripoff to me. I don't think I would recommend a NetApp to anyone, esp. since companies like RAIDzone are now making clones based on Linux and IDE drives...


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