Product Activation Still Coming

from the will-do-nothing dept

Despite Intuit's failed attempt at adding "product activation" to their tax software, it looks like plenty of software companies are gearing up to offer some form of product activation in the near future. From the quotes in the article, it's clear that most of the people looking at product activation simply don't understand why it's a bad idea. They say that the reason people are pissed off is because of the privacy issues around product activation. While it's true that some are pissed off about it, many more are angry that when their computer crashes, or when they just do a simple reinstall, they're suddenly being told that the product they paid good money for won't install because it's been installed before. Meanwhile, the real "pirates" who are reselling copies of the software have already figured out ways around any copy protection. In other words, product activation does nothing to stop the problem they're claiming to stop, and does plenty to upset your legitimate customers. The only person in the article who seems to acknowledge this fact is a representative from Adobe who points out that they're going to have to "give something back" to users in exchange for product activation - recognizing the fact that they're making the product less valuable to consumers.

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    thecaptain, 8 Oct 2003 @ 6:29am

    Re: What if SF falls into ocean?

    That's kind of a vague answer isn't it?
    I mean there's nothing that says beyond your statement of a "guiding priority" that people WOULD be able to use what they paid for...
    You also state that the company stopping activation in the future would violate the terms of sale...isn't the big thing in proprietary software companies (and indeed in the entertainment industry) to say that you did NOT SELL the product to me, but that you sold me a LICENSE that is revokable essentially at your own choice?
    Frankly if the company stopped activating an older product in the future, the sad thing is that even for 100$ the "little guy" can ill afford to spend days, weeks or months in court to get his activation (meanwhile his business isn't able to use his product) so likely he's just likely to cave under the forced upgrades.
    I'm sorry John if I'm coming off on a rant here...I'm speaking generally and don't mean to specifically accuse Macromedia of any of these things (especially since I have not purchased, nor acquainted myself with the terms and conditions accompanied with your product's purchase)...I'm just making a point that unless companies are legally accountable for the consequences of using draconian activation procedures, its only the little guy that's going to get screwed (again)...meanwhile pirates will continue to use the software without a problem (again).

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