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Why Software is not treated fairly

Sep 29, 2009, 21:04 (3 Talkback[s])

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"When you “buy†a proprietary software you are not actually buying the software but a license to use it. Although in many cases the physical package of the software convinces you that you actually bought something that belongs to you, in reality what you get is someone’s permission to use a piece of software. This does not explain why they will not give you the source code of the program, so you or someone else can verify what it does or doesn’t. For sure, a buyer would complain if a feature was missing from a software, but what about something extra, something that is not in the list of features, something that the program is not supposed to be doing or you don’t want it to do. It is certain that you have no way of knowing what that thing you didn’t buy really does."

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