[24hoursupport] Transferring licensed application software

  • From: "Paul M. King" <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 16:30:07 -0700

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 

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

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