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Old 1st June 2009
  #93
Lives for gear
 

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Originally Posted by Sid Viscous View Post
The sooner software companies stop making the stupid hardware comparison the better off they'll be, and only music creation software companies make it AFAIK.
Yep, it's mostly music related software makers. Microsoft surely doesn't go all the way to compare excell to abacus and a pile of paper...


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Originally Posted by Sid Viscous View Post
I can't help but notice that you failed to mention the development costs of the keyboard, which are most likely way higher than the software. It also takes more employees and actual factories to make the keyboard. It also can't exist in more than one place at one time. With hardware (even computer hardware) you can take it anywhere you want. You can lend it, rent it, and sell it.
Well, developement costs could be equal, but there's a fixed cost per keyboard (+ cost of distribution...) that software companies just don't want to hear while comparing themselves to hw counterparts.

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Originally Posted by Sid Viscous View Post
The problem is that software companies want to pick and choose when it wants "hardware" and software rights. Take Cakewalk for example. Their EULA requires very hardware like rights (only one computer install at a time), but it says you can't sell or transfer it. How many pieces of hardware can you not sell, rent or transfer? Companies make hardware every day that doesn't ever get close to making money and they have to make thousands of actual units and ship them to stores. Software companies don't have these issues.
Then, also like Cakewalk, you have the developer saying that although the EULA says that, you can really install it on more than one computer you own as long as you only use one copy at a time. If the developer picks and chooses what rules to enforce, are there really any rules?
I asked around and heard it from lawyers - software EULAs are mostly BS and not valid for one reason on another in various parts of EU and would not stand action in courts.

The thing is, compared to hw, you never really own a pice of sw, therefore we shouldn't give the same rights to both automatically.

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