Getting experience with expensive tools? (take II)

Subject: Getting experience with expensive tools? (take II)
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: Technical Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Richard Combs <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2009 16:37:07 -0400

Richard Combs, responding to Tom Johnson's "As long as you're not
using it for commercial purposes, I don't see this reformatting option
as particularly dishonest.", noted: <<Some companies have "lite"
versions of programs that are free for personal (non-commercial) use.
Most do not. Unless the terms of the software license permit free use
of the software for an unlimited time for non-commercial purposes,
what you're proposing _is_ particularly dishonest.>>

I think you two are arguing about entirely different points. The
original poster may not have been clear about whether she was looking
for free software so she could learn to use the tools, or whether she
wanted to use the tools on the job.

Tom is correct that there's no ethical conflict whatsoever if all
you're doing is trying to learn the tools: after all, that's one of
the main reasons why companies make trial versions available. Richard
is correct if you're trying to scam a free copy so you can get paid
for producing publishable work without paying for your tools.

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Follow-Ups:

References:
getting experience with expensive tools: From: Becky Edmondson
RE: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Dan
Re: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Tom Johnson
RE: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Tom Johnson
RE: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Combs, Richard

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