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Subject:Old versions of software From:Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- NBG -dot- DE> Date:Fri, 27 Mar 1998 14:19:00 +0100
* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von sharon -at- DRA -dot- COM an All am 24.03.98
ss> We are upgrading to RoboHelp Office 5.5 and have 3.0, 4.0, 95,
ss> and 5.0 just taking up space on our shelves.
ss> What does everyone else do with their old versions? Do you
ss> sell them?
this depends on legal clauses:
- When you bought an update yo might have agreed to destroy the old version.
That means that you have a single license to use the new version and
no license of the old one any more.
- A completely other thing is the paper documentation: International
copyright agreements say that printed matter sold by the creator
is the sole property of the buyer. He may do as he (or she) wishes:
read it, throw it away, lend it, sell it - you name it.
But the holder must not copy it beyond certain limits.
The problem is how far your country has ratified the Berne Convention.
BTW: Old software might still be quite useful. E.g., I still user Pagemaker
4.0 to layout the newsletter of my local tekom chapter. It was a very
demanding program in 1993 but these days it is faster than standard programs
like Winword. The most annoying feature are the Windows 3.0 clipboard
shortcuts. I simply refuse to remember what I used before CTRL-C and CTRL-V