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Microsoft Registration Wizard

An interesting licensing item from the cni-copyright list follows.

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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 06:37:56 -0800
From: JQ Johnson <jqj@darkwing.uoregon.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list <cni-copyright@cni.org>
Subject: Microsoft Registration Wizard

Anyone following the interactions of copyright and shrinkwrap software
licensing should be aware of plans by Microsoft for Office 2000.  My
understanding (a bit hazy, since Microsoft hasn't released details) is
that Microsoft is planning to include a "registration wizard" that you
must run when you install the new version of Office (expected ship date:
Q3 1999).  This wizard is designed to enforce the terms of the EULA (the
Microsoft shrink wrap license).  I believe (but am not sure) that the plan
is to have the wizard send hardware configuration information to
Microsoft, and to disallow use of the software after the 50th startup
unless registration was successful, to disallow reinstallation of the
software if the hardware changes substantially, etc.

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