Evan Robinson wrote:The question of whether you "own" Premiere is still in doubt.
Shrinkwrap licenses are of questionable legality in the US unless they are visible BEFORE you open the package (according to my attorney with a startup a while back). Since almost all such packages present you with the license only after you open the package and are installing the software, there remains a question whether they are binding or not.
It is not in doubt at all, if you're attourney thinks it is then you need a new one. All of the licences start by saying that if you do not agree with them then you should return the cds for a refund.
Legally a licence can be restrictive as it likes because you are agreeing to it by using the software. You are only not presented with the licence before you use the software when you almost certainly have a pirate copy. If you choose to copy software for any reason do not be in any doubt that it is illegal.
Licences can often seem harsh but that is generally because most of the time people do not bother to read them and do not know what the norm is. For example, you are not permitted to resell copies of software but many people do.
In the case of FXHome the licence is not particularly harsher than anyone else's but the fact that the software times out draws attention to it. I think this is good because they lay it all out rather than hide it in small print.
The current system is good because it forces people to update. This means that technical support can be far more effective and that pirate copies can be actively blocked. Without these measures such a small company could not afford to support the product and because illegal copying has a larger effect on smaller companies it would be much more likely to go out of business.
Since you have to buy it online and the presets and stock footage are downloadable, plus the fact that the internet is so common, I do not think that not having a connection is really a valid argument.
The best thing is that it does not interfere. I am the first to gripe about cd protection that does not let you play cds on a PC or DVD protection that forces you to buy worse or more expensive DVDs in one region than another or the brown dots on movies that spoil your viewing when you pat but are not even in pirate copies, but downloading an update 4 times a year is not that bad when you probably would have updated more than that anyway.