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Il 18/09/2012 21:38, Jay Lozier ha scritto:

> The rental model, in theory,
guarantees a stabler cash flow whether the software rental is good for
users is another matter.

I totally agree.

At $WORK we had a 3D CAD package that would not work anymore if the licence was not renewed periodically. We eventually switched to a 3D package that had a heftier tag price, but didn't force us to pay every year just to use it. When the licence for the first package expired, we lost access to all of our previous work. We had to convert everything in a hurry.

It's OK to pay for software "maintenance" (i.e. updates, priority support, etc.), but I find it totally unacceptable to have a software package just stop working if you don't pay the "rent". If I was writing in italian I'd call it "pizzo" - which is a mafia thing - "Stop paying and you'll lose access to your beloved documents!".
How does it sound ?

Marcello Romani

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