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License Vs. Own: The Death of Free Choice

This is the latest symptom in the “License vs. Own” struggle. “Licensing” will be our downfall. In the old days you bought something, you owned it and could pretty much do what you wanted with it. Now days everything is licensed. Movies, music, tv shows, phones, software,… everything. If you “license” it, they can revoke that license and deny your use or preferred use of it.

I blame Microsoft and Bill Gates for getting this ball rolling. His move to “license” basic, D.O.S. and Windows in the early days is what started this demonic ball rolling. It’s only going to get worse.

Hold onto your hats and get ready for the ride that will end in companies dictating what and where you can use everything you buy.

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