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A lot of valuable software, such as Flash, Photoshop, etc, is offered in educational versions, with the stipulation that it not be used commercially. Does anyone have insight into how the software companies determine what "commercial" means, and if and how they check to see if software is being used inappropriately on the internet?
 

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Hiya

Not 100% sure, but commercial means for profit or buisness. some programs disable certain functions, such as Save or edit. They may also use a watermark method, so that the selling or distribution of images cannot be carried out.
On the front of a lot of magazines, especially the Computer Art ones, programs that are worth £500 are offered, but these are of the type you mention. I can't see developers offering software just on 'your word of honour'.

Just my thoughts on it. I could be wrong, mind.

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bj nick
Eddie brings up some good points concerning commercial use.
Most of the educational software is full function with no exceptions. If a distributor is doing their job, proof of academic status is required before purchase and many software companies require the distributor to send in paperwork to that end. Many of the manufacturers have serial numbers that represent academic
use and valid status must be maintained for upgrades. Most manufacturers also offer upgrading to commercial use for a small fee after you graduate from school. You are purchasing one license with academic status and by doing so are required to follow those license restrictions. What can they do if you don't?
Well software piracy laws would apply and loss of license would to. If one would develop a program using academic software, for instance, that was marketable it would be wise to upgrade the license at that point to commercial to prevent loss of license, program rights, and piracy charges. The cost is minimal after graduation and the benefit great. One of the reasons manufacturers offer academic licenses is to help fledgling users
afford using powerful software. Respect their rights and they will yours. They are not required to offer these discounts!
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i don't think there's much in the way of controls on a lot of the software avaulable through EDs - other than the 'trialware' type of limited functions eddie mentioned.

i've used the ED versions of msoffice97 and 2000, publisher, frontpage etc at other locations and noticed no difference between them and the versions on my PC

any limitations should be identified on the co.s webpage or in manual
 
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Originally posted by davey7549
One of the reasons manufacturers offer academic licenses is to help fledgling users afford using powerful software. Respect their rights and they will yours. They are not required to offer these discounts!
Dave
agree 100% with your entire post davey
however will comment that corporate altruism is also tempered by getting users familiar with, and trained on, their software so that when they do join the ranks of the employed and their purchasing power increases
=> they will more likely go with what they were trained on and familiar with

credit card co.s and automobile co.s do they same thing with their credit policies for students and near graduates

LOL - i could have had 20 credit cards while a student, once i graduated and applied for one, they said i didn't have a credit rating

not knocking the investment in academia, nor the 'subsidy' of students - but there are a variety of reasons for these software practices.

just my $0.02 worth
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I agree and point well taken. Unfortunatly it may be true but it is a very good deal when first learning. As far as the Cards....isn't that the truth!
Dave
 
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