A friend is giving an old computer to his daughter after reformatting the hard disk and reinstalling WIN98SE. She owns little application software and much of what she has is freeware, shareware or in the public domain. On the other hand, He has several hundred dollars worth of commercial application software he would like to move to a new computer. It is currently on CDs. He is unsure of the status of it and reluctant to reread all the registration agreements to see what's legal and what isn't. Most likely, he wouldn't understand it all if he does. Can we have some opinions on practical approaches to this problem since everyone is affected at some time with similar problems? Are there serious risks to associated with downloading the CDs to a new computer? Are there problems with code which indelibly links one piece of application software to one computer and no other? Are many companies vigilant about pursuing and punishing individuals who disregard licensing agreements or only the biggies? Paul King For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.