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David Burch


 - posted February 08, 2003 08:54 AM      Profile for David Burch           Edit/Delete Post 
Software licensing and registration

The licensing of Starpath software is the same as the licensing of essentially all software on the market. When anyone purchases a software product, they are not purchasing the software program itself, they are purchasing the right to use it. The software program itself remains the property of the producer, who in turn establishes the conditions of its use.

Unless specified otherwise, the license for most software is an end-user license, not a multiple computer license. Each product is intended to be treated as a book, in the sense that a book cannot be read by two people at once. For computer software, this could mean that it might be restricted to a single computer installation. Most modern e-chart programs and new Microsoft Windows operating systems and MS Office products are limited to a single computer. Starpath allows for multiple computer installations providing it is understood that the program will not be run simultaneously on both of the computers it is installed upon. This allows for users with both laptop and desktop, or home and boat computers, to have the program in two locations if that should prove convenient.

Before installing onto a second computer, however, it is important to recognize that each time a Starpath product is installed into a new computer, it requires a new registration in order to operate in that computer, and that the license agreement is limited to a total of 3 registrations. These procedures and licensing terms are not unique to Starpath. Most quality software these days does require registration and in the very near future all quality software will require registration.

Please see topic on Why registration is required... for an explanation of the benefits of the process.

From: Starpath, Seattle, WA


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