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Dear Juan,

Thank you for your response.
Yes, I will get this point clarified once again.

However, I am now wondering if one has to buy or take
over a whole company if the buyer is interested in
only the software packages owned by the company.

I still feel this is not a satisfactory state of
affairs and that software companies should not mind
old versions of software being freely traded as long
as their obligations of support are only to the
original purchaser.

I wish to understand why the software industry does
not permit this or recognize trading of software.

As regards the latter part of my mail, I agree that I
should have contacted you personally. It did not occur
to me at that time.

I am sorry. Please ignore it.

G Vishwanath

--- Juan José Treff De la Mora <jjtreff(--nospam--at)>
> Dear Vishwanath,
> The best of your knowledge is not enough. You can
> contact Mr. Harri Nurmi 
> with Tekla Oy and ask him if it is legal or not. You
> will see that if the 
> company that owns the license closes (this is the
> case) the transfer is 
> authorized.
> Since the price is cheaper that a new license bought
> from Tekla, it makes it 
> atractive to someone to buy it and after a few jobs
> using the program, pay 
> his maintenance agreement. This will allow the new
> iser to have version 8 
> for less money. Tekla of course gets a benefit also
> because instead of 
> loosing a client because of his retirement, they
> would gain a new one.
> So, the sale is legal, authorized by the license
> owner (Tekla), by the 
> licensee (my friend) and the point is to have
> someone else benefit from such 
> an excellent program. If you were interested in the
> program for free 
> (everything in life has a cost), you should have
> contacted me in private, so 
> I could giev you my friend's info and you could
> contact him personally. I 
> don't think that is the case or as I said you would
> have contacted him 
> directly, I think it was a matter of discussing
> something with the 
> colleagues without having the complete picture.
> Thank you for your attention.
> >From: G Vishwanath <gvshwnth(--nospam--at)>
> >Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> >To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> >Subject: Transfering Software licenses
> >Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 01:42:56 -0700 (PDT)
> >
> >Ref: Juan J. Treff's post offering to sell his
> >friend's copy of X steel version 5.4
> >
> >
> >To the best of my knowledge, transer of a software
> >licence is not recognized by Software development
> >companies.
> >
> >I wonder if Tekla will recognize the buyer of of a
> >second hand X steel license  as a legal user.
> >
> >I have tried to purchase licenses of Autocad Rel 14
> >for the organisation I work for.
> >But Autodesk does not sell them any more.
> >They sell only the latest which we don't need and
> are
> >not willing to pay for.
> >
> >Pirated copies are of course freely available.
> >But they are of no use to me as I work for  a
> Public
> >Limited company, subject to internal and external
> >auditing, and to ethical business practices.
> >
> >Even if you locate the people who have legal
> licenses
> >of outdated software, and are willing to sell them,
> >the buyer is still considered an unauthorised user.
> >
> >So the transferred copy is not legal.
> >
> >So why would any one bother to "buy" it?
> >
> >There is something definitely unreasonable about
> this
> >business of software licences.
> >
> >When we can legally buy an old house or a  used
> car,
> >why not old outdated software if it meets the users
> >needs? More people will buy legal licenses of new
> and
> >latest software if such packages have resale value.
> >
> >
> >True, the developers may wash off their hands from
> >obligations of support, updates etc and the buyer
> will
> >cheerfully put up with this. But why should such a
> >transaction be considered illegal?
> >
> >No wonder piracy flourishes.
> >
> >Am I missing something here?
> >
> >Best of luck to Juan J Treff's friend in his
> attempts
> >to sell his old software. The latest version is
> Xsteel
> >8.0 and I wonder if any one will purchase version
> 5.4
> >if after spending the money the copy is still
> illegal.
> >
> >
> >It makes better economic sense to get a pirated
> copy
> >provided one is able to ask his conscience to shut
> up
> >and is willing to take the risks and be careful not
> >publicise the fact that he possesses a copy.
> >
> >
> >If Juan's friend is unable to "Sell" and is willing
> to
> >gift it away, I am willing to take his old copy of
> >Steel version 5.4 and use it for educating myself
> and
> >practice using this package. It will still be
> >considered his property and I will return it to him
> >whenever he asks for it.
> >
> >I will ask for a letter from him stating that he
> has
> >gifted or lent it to me, to keep myself in the
> clear
> >legally. (Lawyers may poke a hole in this
> arrangement
> >too. I don't know)  I also will not commercially
> >exploit this gift and will use it personally at
> home
> >to prepare for the day when the organisation
> purchases
> >the latest version for commercial use.
> >But of course, Juan's friend will only have to
> trust
> >me on this.
> >
> >A better idea is for Juan's friend to gift it to
> some
> >one he knows well instead of a total stranger like
> me
> >or  to a technical educational institution,
> preferably
> >owned or run by the Government.
> >
> >I am not a detailer myself but I manage a detailing
> >set up in India and I cannot afford the exorbitant
> >cost of this package in India. For the cost of a
> >single license of X steel, we can buy a two bedroom
> >aparment in the city of Bangalore where I live.
> >
> >Regards
> >G Vishwanath
> >Bangalore, India
> >gvshwnth(--nospam--at)
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