RE: Piracy, education and the techie garage sale

Subject: RE: Piracy, education and the techie garage sale
From: Stephen -dot- MacDonald -at- Aspect -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 09:17:52 -0400

John Posada wrote:

>A number of software companies are adopting the policy that if a software
>is owned by a person, that they can install it on two machines, as long as
>both machines aren't used concurrently (such as on a home PC and a

This is not a new thing. It's been a common part of software license
agreements for sometime. Perhaps not all products have been licensed this
way but many have.
At least with respect to shrink-wrapped PC software, the general rule has
always been that you need a license for each "concurrent" user. You can
legally install the software from a single license purchase on as many PCs
as you like AS LONG AS only one person (it doesn't have to be only the
purchaser) at a time is using the software on any of the 10 PCs. If at any
time two people on different machines are CONCURRENTLY using that software,
you are in violation of the license agreement.

When it comes to business, enterprise, or non-PC software, however, the
license agreements may not be so standardized.

Steve MacDonald
Aspect Communications, Inc.

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