Onerous Licensing Regime

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Restrictive Licensing On Applications And Data

Most applications and data come with an End User Licensing Agreement or EULA, which almost no one ever reads.

Fact is, these EULA are very restrictive. In fact, even though you pay for the application or the data, you don't actually own them. You merely own the right to use them.

This is analagous to owning a car versus leasing a car. Except, even with a leased car, you are not restricted to where you can drive it. And, you can modify the car, provided you pay for it, at which point you own it. Not so with proprietary software and data.

Such licensing is [Market Driven] not [Client Driven].