[CrackMonkey] Software is a shuck
patrick at feh.net
Fri Apr 21 01:10:04 PDT 2000
This reminds me of that horrible speech made by The Plague in Hackers.
Also, I find it terribly unfair that I'm 25 years old, I own the eastern
half of Canada, and yet I still can't grow a decent moustache.
On Thu, 20 Apr 2000, Nick Moffitt wrote:
> That's right. Legally (according to the license agreement),
> you pay your money to buy something, and they take your money,
> but they don't sell you the software. The money you pay allows
> you to run the software (according to their rules) but that's
> all it entitles you to. You don't buy software, you buy the
> right to use it. That's why trading warez is illegal. Not
> because you're giving away your property but, according to the
> software companies, it was never your property to give away in
> the first place. Is this fair? Let's look at what a license is
> exactly. "License" means special permission granted from a
> body of authority to do something. What we have here is
> software companies seating themselves on a throne. They are so
> high and mighty, only they can give us special permission to
> use their software. This kind of practice can only lead to one
> thing: exclusions. What if Microsoft won't license Word to
> someone who writes pornography? What if Martha Stewart
> licensed her books only to those whose dinner parties she
> deemed hoity-toity enough?
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Please, spare us from the wrath of your paper swans!
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