so i lost all my money on content that i never gonna use?
Yep! Kinda’ sucks doesn’t it? But then again can you resell the movies you have downloaded and recorded from your TV Cable provider? Can you resell the music you downloaded from the Web? Can you resell the list of love lorn responders to your on-line dateing service? Of course if you have a copy of the information you can do whatever you want with it but it won’t necessarily be legal.
Point being that the world is evolving to accept the idea that information can be accessed but not owned. Protecting ownership becomes a heavy burden.
The modern idea is to provide access to the newest version of data so that it becomes more important than owning any previous version. If they keep updating data on a rapid cycle you have to keep paying an access fee. If they stopped fixing problems or actually produced a stable product the one valid copy would quickly get traded out around the world forcing the producer to continually chase down and prosecute violators. However, if they keep changing the product then the old stuff becomes less desirable and the sucke… ( er customers) who want the latest and greatest have to keep making payments. This “Cloud” concept is a financial waterfall of gold for producers of continually updating data.
Access to data is issued on a user identity basis. Your account with DAZ gives you access to the updates for the products you’ve purchased. DAZ doesn’t transfer accounts from person to person.
It’s interesting to note that for a long time Adobe and their major uber-expensive products Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, PremierPro, etc. used to be permanent product license based, and they would transfer the license to other people. But even Adobe is switching to a cloud based subscription service. As is Microsoft’s Office product. These big companies wouldn’t be switching if there wasn’t a pot of money at the end of the rainbow. (do you get the waterfall/rainbow reference?) 8-s
DAZ’s policy has always been “Not no how, not no way, are we going to allow you to give away or sell our product”. Which is loud and firery talk from the man behind the curtain. But with all the updates and fixes and patches and improvements and technology changes that they throw at us I think they’re seeing the wisdom for a total subscription service. Perhaps “soon”? Just watch. 8-o