This is a short one more to inspire the thought and debate. Check out the ruling summary over on Wiley Rein regarding Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc. This is going to get interesting. Despite resistance, I think we’ll eventually move to expiring floating licenses that _maybe_ come at a lower initial cost.
I hate the no resale clause of the Adesk EULA. I find it particularly nasty now as many Engineers try to go their way as their former employers contract. With this clause gone, it would be easy for firms to let engineers take a seat as part of their severance and make it easier for said ex-employees to make a go of it independently. Trying to start up an independent business with a ~10K hardware/software sinkhole (C3D) is a hell of a burden for the land development guys that are struggling to make ends meet. What do you think? Let’s make this one lively!