discussion moved from "I won't use Impulse"
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 by warreni | Discussion: Personal Computing
Coelacanth said on September 23:
This is just being melodramatic; of course you can give it to a friend. He won't be able to get updates, but so what? It's a perfectly functional piece of software. Unlike many games rushed to market today, patches are not required to make it playable. As has been pointed out before, you paid for what was in the box when you bought it. You're getting the updates, in effect, for free. Now, people reasonably expect bugs to be fixed and balance to be tweaked when they purchase a game. However, when you give your copy to a friend, your friend isn't paying Stardock for the man-hours or IP assets involved in updating the product.
I've seen this argument a few times now and I disagree with it. Why shouldn't you be able to sell that piece of software to someone else and have the serial key (and thus access to the updates) go with it? At that point, it's off your system. And what difference does it make if someone else gets the updates? It's no different than if you kept the game and updated it yourself. I fail to see the logic of that argument about the man hours or the IP assets. This is really the only thing that currently bothers me about Stardock's business model.
I moved this from the original topic as the moderators are clearly tired of that discussion and I expect it will be locked soon.
Coelacanth, the problem with your argument is that the EULA for most software these days specifically prohibits the resale or transfer of the software license by the original purchaser. The rationale for this is that the company distributing the product only makes money on it once: when the original sale is conducted; why should the company subsidize your efforts to make a few bucks back by continuing to support the product for a third party?
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