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Re: Microsoft Registration Wizard

Excuse my ignorance, but I am confused about some  terminology.

Up till now, I understood a shrinkwrap licence as, it is with a CD-ROM
database we are subscribing to.  By detaching a label on the plastic cover
of each disk, one agrees once again to the stipulations of the license
agreement, of which one was supposed to familiarize oneself from scratch.

On me joining this list the term "click-wrap" was also used. This I
understood as when one have to click your consent before entering the
information.  The terms "click-through" and "click-on" were used more
often, so I assumed "click-wrap" was just an analogy for "shrinkwrap".

I recently attended a lecture of someone who attended the 1st Internet
Librarian conference. She mentioned a technology which consists of a
"wrapper" which will, if implemented by a publisher, goes with all
copyrighted information, whether it is downloaded, e-mailed to somebody or
whatever.  It will be impossibe to use such information unless one ask
permission and pay, presumably contact particulars will be provided with
the wrapper.  Unfortunately the person could tell me nothing more, merely
highlighting issues which made an impression on her.

Reading the phrase "shrinkwrap software licensing" below, is that what is
actually is meant?  Nothing to do with the physical cover around a CD or
software package, but rather a wizard which will indeed have more tricks
up its sleeve than Merlin?


David Swanepoel
Library Information Service, ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute
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> 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.