Author Topic: Why do activation codes expire?  (Read 948 times)

Mark Laing

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Why do activation codes expire?
« on: September 07, 2011, 05:13:19 AM »
My installation of DesignCAD crashed and burned. Don't know why, didn't ask. I just re-install it from the original disks. Serial number still works. But sometimes when I enter the activation code (like this time) it comes up 'expired'. I get a new one online and it takes, oh, almost a minute I guess.
Why on earth do activation codes expire?

Rob S

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Re: Why do activation codes expire?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 07:01:32 AM »
I think it is quite a detriment to us users, as we could run into a situation where IMSI is offline or worse yet off the planet, and we would never be able to re-install the software we purchased and paid for and think we own.

The term licensed software these days means you've paid the rent, and as long as the owner (IMSI) is willing, you can continue to use it.

If their online new number facility fails, you're doomed.
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Re: Why do activation codes expire?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 09:40:08 AM »
It is a probably-doomed attempt to hinder piracy. If for some reason you can't get it online, someone in sales or tech support can assist you.
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