Ownership of software, or to put it correctly the licence to use the software can be easily be distorted in ones mind to suit your own take or priority but its really quite clear what is the meaning of the licence agreement, one user, one active working copy, at any one time.
Back up copies are exactly that - a back up in case the original is damaged or lost.
You own the media the software is supplied on and a licence to use it, not the software itself. This goes for any program not just Maxon.
If software is licenced to a company as opposed to an individual any one individual employed within that company can use that one copy, installed on one machine.
Much the same in a domestic situation. I purchased my copy of Cinema 4D as an individual, I can use it, my daughter, or anybody else can use it but as it’s only installed on one machine so no infringement of the licence is taking place. I can’t use it while she does.
You may well have access and use of a company vehicle from work but that does not mean your children, even with a full driving licence are covered to drive that vehicle if you decide to bring it home.
Let’s not fool around here, it’s only peoples abuse of a well intentioned scheme by software manufacturers that push up the price or tighten the rules.
I was a little upset to see, after installing the free cover mount copy of Cinema 6CE, how feature rich it was for a “free program” but it was marketing on Maxon’s part and that’s business. Give the copy away and those serious about it will upgrade one day to the latest version. It’s a policy all software companys adopt.
As pointed out students get a lot of benefits and if its related to the career path they are undetaking rightly so. Of course if they don’t pursue that career then they keep the software.
They’ve lost more than they’ve gained. Keeping hold of a piece of software, which after time will outdated by better faster, more feature rich versions in no way compensates for the valuable years of life wasted whilst in education on a career not pursued.
I’ve noticed a large majority of users of Cinema are doing 3D as a hobby rather than as employment. Great to see, and excellent work done as well, better than some of the professionals, but my chosen hobbies does not get me special treatment or discount on goods or equipment because its a hobby, or related to my income.
I’ll admit the school situation needs looking at to ensure a fair deal for all. Maybe like my copy of Vectorworks, using a dongle key could be one solution.