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Re: Software License Transferral fee is reasonable if you consider... [Was: Used Symoblics hardware]
I saw the original complaint on SLUG and forwarded it to our
Sales-Marketing Group, knowing that it would help stir something up.
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Date: Wed, 5 Apr 89 11:33 EDT
From: Mike Maione <Maione@PEGASUS.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>
Subject: [Henry@AI.AI.MIT.EDU: Used Symoblics hardware]
Could you please ensure that my reply is distributed to the appropriate
I would like to clarify Symbolic's policy regarding software licensing:
First of all, Symbolics owns its software and never sells it. We license
the right to use, copy, or transfer it to customers when they buy our
hardware. We DO strictly protect and enforce this for many reasons but
mainly because if we do not protect these very valuable assets,
they could fall into the public domain.
You should find this to be an industry standard.
This is the official license transfer policy:
Symbolics Right-to-Use License Transfer is a one-time fee charged for
the transfer of software license rights on a designated CPU. Either the
selling or buying party may be a commercial or academic account. The
prices are as follows:
Selling Party: Buying Party: Fee($):
Commercial Commercial 10,000
Commercial Academic 10,000*
Academic Commercial 10,000
Academic Academic 1,500*
* Fee is waived if a one year hardware maintenance contract is purchased
concurrent with the transfer of the CPU.
Other Notes: Academic institutions receive a 40% discount on hardware
I hope this answers the questions concerning our policy. If there are
any other questions or comments, please no not hesitate to contact me.
Northeast Regional Sales Manager
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Mike can be reached at our Symbolics Corporate Research Center in
Burlington, MA at 1-617-221-1000.