"The US District Court in Seattle has rejected Autodesk's myriad
arguments regarding its software licenses and found in favor of eBay
seller Timothy S. Vernor. The ruling started by ruling that Vernor was
within his rights to resell copies of AutoCAD Release 14 he got in an
auction. Once the court settled the legitimacy of reselling, it used
that ruling as a lens to dismiss all of Autodesk's various claims. More
than once the court described Autodesk's arguments as 'specious' and
Well it just seems like good news in general for end-users' freedom, and
might even set some precedents for other cases down the road (so the
case appears worth some time and expense, especially considering the
cost of an ACAD license.)
AFAIK, every ACAD program-- retail or otherwise-- is a copy of the
original from Autodesk, but, yes, it appears that it's the judges and
lawyers that also win.
For some, though, it's a moot case when there are mainstream cracks
(that work perfectly) of ACAD 2010.
I agree that a person can do with his property as he see's fit, and
the person(s) he purchased it from have no say about it.
Don't know if its rumor or not but I've heard AutoDesk offers a $2500
reward for information leading to the prosecution of anyone that has
illegally copied AutoCAD.
If this rumor is fact, and this current case proves AutoDesk has no
standing, a can of worms will have been opened pertaining to people
that have paid the price in the past. Capiche?
The concept was that a buyer would purchase a cd that only contained
certain files to be installed on the computer and all other files
would be stored in autodesks mainframe, thus a user would have to be
logged on and logged in to access the necessary files, which would
IOW, internet access would be required in order to use autocad
That would effectively eliminate people like me with an undependable
internet access - Hughes satellite which is highly dependent on the
I'm still using 2004, though I have 2005 and 2006 but haven't
I will most likely never buy another autocad product.
OIC. When was ACAD supposed to go this route? 2010 is here and according
to the responses, works:
I doubt that internet thing will ever take. It actually sounds crazy and
ADesk would probably see its userbase pancake.
In my case, I almost always work with ACAD when I'm away from the net
and prefer it that way.
Even so, I still think a live online version would be crackable to use
locally without a connection to ADesk, perhaps by analyzing the
datastream-- what's exactly going on between the two connections-- and
then coding a dummy app/file that then fools the local ACAD copy that
it's online and/or communicatiing with the Almighty ADesk. :)
I've been using autocad since 1994 ans the pattern has been that with
each upgrade in the OS, autocad becomes unstable, so I then have to
upgrade it as well.
Other than R12, I've never been current on the acad upgrades. Now, it
appears, I am 6 years behind.
Though, I do need to reformat and retool everything cause this machine
is turning into a turtle in lots of ways.
And, on top of that, I think I mistakenly deleted some kinda system
file and now I can't install any software, nor uninstall any, and my
ftp app won't connect.
AND I have no sound nor can I view any video files. sheesh....thats a
lot of stuff now that I think about it.
I just hate reformatting, its 2 weeks before everything is back to
normal and even then its not the old normal but the new one......
I know what you mean and it sounds similar to my computer woes and
I had a dual-boot XP/Linux go wonky when I tried to steal some more HD
space for XP (and now my Linux partition has vanished, and XP still
occupies only half the drive); a few viruses when I went looking for
cracked software beyond the usual trusted sites (Haha, serves me right.
;) In my experience, The Pirate Bay's very clean). And I lost data on a
USB key (that no downloadable data recovery sofware could retrieve).
So I have virtually half a system that's missing things, and after I
send this, I'll probably look into whether ACAD can run on Linux using
something like WINE or there's a portable version that can run live off
USB. I would love to bid a final farewell to Windows.
The cracked 2009 ACAD is very stable for me so far, but maybe it's an
updated package or I'm not pushing its limits yet.
Seems like only yesterday that I had all the bells and whistles, kept
the case off my machines cause they only got in the way, and I read
any and everything to do with anything computer. Now, I couldn't care
less, just as long as it does what I tell it.
I'd like to somehow have my OS on a single USB drive and all my apps
on another and all my other files on a rack of USB HD's and my
processor would reside in a little fragbox sitting over there in the
corner. If the OS messes up, just boot it to the curb and drop in
another and keep truckin'....
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