[Gllug] Getting Microsoft off a Dell purchase - anyone done this? [OT]

- Tethys tethys at gmail.com
Mon Jul 10 15:11:02 UTC 2006

On 7/10/06, Paul M <tallus at gmail.com> wrote:

> But this is not being claimed. When you buy a piece of software with a
> licence you are entering into a contract -- one that gives you certain
> rights to use a piece of someone elses intellectual property.

No I'm not. I'm buying a piece of plastic that contains some software.
To claim anything else is absurd. Would you claim that if that bit of
plastic happens to contain audio data instead that I'm also entering
into a contract? Of course not. If nothing else, a contract requires
both parties to agree, and I certainly don't agree that when I buy a
piece of software, I'm bound by the conditions of use imposed by the

> There aren't any restrictions on what you can do with the physical medium --
> you are free to hang the CD in your garden as a bird scarer -- but you
> are not buying the software. That would require acquiring the
> copyright for the IP.

Rubbish. Copyright covers (as the name implies) copying. Not use.

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