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On a campaign for fair licensing agreements
In response to Colin Beveridge, who called for a campaign to make software licensing agreements fair and easy to understand.
I would support your campaign for clarity and consistency within all licensing.
A licensing classic is installing a copy of whatever software on two PCs at home, yet only being able to use one at a time. I agree that this case would not work for larger households, which will use machines concurrently.
This is a case where technology has outstripped the "templates" provided by lawyers for software licensing. The same lawyers who would probably benefit from keeping abreast of the world they affect.
Stephen Prowse, Information systems analyst
The way licences are going is deterring companies from purchasing new software. As many licences are written from a US-centric point of view, there are often many clauses that do not apply in other countries or are unenforceable.
The thing that most people do not appreciate is that they just shelled out a few hundred quid for something they do not own.
Trying to explain what this means to a purchaser is a nightmare, especially as the person doing the explaining is never too sure what it means either, as it differs slightly from product to product.
On the effect of outsourcing on business
In response to Simon Moores, who wondered what will happen when UK business has outsourced all its IT.
The government needs to introduce legislation to prevent jobs from moving overseas.
The reason many companies are moving jobs offshore is that they have no choice and cannot allow their competitors to have the advantage.
With legislation, all companies would be on an equal footing and there would be no competitive advantages.
Skilled jobs will remain onshore and our workforce will remain highly educated and effective, thus ensuring our nation's future prosperity.
A nation's wealth depends on its productivity, the earning potential of its citizens and the goods and services sold overseas. Without manufacturing (and now technology) what is left? Nothing. It will be the beginning of our decline into poverty.
When we have outsourced all our IT needs to India, we will not have any IT skills left in this country, leading to a lack of employment opportunities.
Imagine how India could hold big business in the UK to ransom in the event of any major disagreement between British and Indian politicians.
It would take years for non-trained people to acquire the IT skills to keep big business going. What a field day for the anti-capitalist league. What short-sightedness for big business.
Maybe the capitalist mould needs to be retuned to look further than the bottom line. Could there not be a balance between sometimes greedy shareholders and some kind of insurance against the collapse of the capitalist world? Or would it serve us right for our narrow-minded thinking?
Continuation of the offshore outsourcing model will ultimately result in a loss of control, quality and business relevance - the ultimate outcome of which will be business failure.
At this point we will have to drag it all back in again and there will be no local expertise - everybody who was in IT will have become a Corgi-registered gas fitter instead.
It is about time the bean counters and the business people sat up and realised that IT is their greatest asset in a world where technology moves faster than their Mercedes.
Surely it does not make sense to lose control and sight of what is crucial to the success of your business as a whole?