Virtualization and trial softwares

Discussion in 'sandboxing & virtualization' started by Nek, May 6, 2008.

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  1. Nek

    Nek Registered Member

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    Hey folks, would it be considered illegal if I were to use virtualization softwares to overcome the trial period of softwares (i.e to use the trial softwares permanently)?

    Does this have anything to do with EULAs?

    Ethically illegal I know, but lawfully?
     
  2. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    I would answer this way. How would YOU feel if you were the author of the software, and had put your sweat and tears into the development.

    What I do is if I am interested in something I will install the trial virtualized. If I don't like it, it's gone. If I find I am interested, but may not have time to really evaluate it for a time after the trial would expire, I remove it so I can reinstall. But after I reinstall and test if I find I really like it, I buy it.

    Pete
     
  3. Nek

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    Hi Peter, thanks for the prompt reply. I appreciate your thoughts and completely agree with them, I practice that too. I have no intentions of committing the said.

    I was just curious after reading up some articles about viruses messing with the clock. If viruses are illegal in certain countries, wouldn't virtualization softwares be illegal since they can be used just for that?
     
  4. farmerlee

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    I guess it'd depend on what the EULA states. If it says you're only allowed to trial it once then i'd say its illegal to do what you mentioned. But if theres no mention of anything like that then legally speaking you're ok.
    I've done similar things in the past, not to permanently overcome the trial but for certain software where i've felt the trial period was too short to make a proper evaluation.
     
  5. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    On the legal issues I have no idea. That probably varies from country to country, and could well be up until now hasn't even been considered.

    Pete
     
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