Business Software Alliance |
Hall Of Shame Member
Added July 27, 2008
Last Updated - December 12, 2009
|Don't you just hate it when you get what seems to be a never-ending computer generated telephone operator that asks you inane questions "to better service you" while it would have faster if you could have spoken to a real person? How about when you ask support for information why your expense electronics device isn't working and the first question they ask you is, "Is it plugged in?" Then, after you say yes, they tell you to go check? Or when you call your service provider they treat you like you're an idiot?|
Adobe Software - Apple Computer - Autodesk - Avid - Borland - Computer Associates - Cadence - Cisco
So, we ask you, what do all of these companies listed above have in common? They treat you like you're an idiot! They all belong to the
Business Software Alliance,
or BSA, which has found a new fertile field to exploit by illegally terminating eBay auctions for used software. The great minds at
the Business Software Alliance (we will pause here for a moment while you laugh) have decided to go against prevailing federal court cases and
take harmful and illegal actions against eBay sellers who are reselling legitimate software, much like their sister association, the
The Software & Information Industry Association, also in the Hall of Shame.
We think BSA stands for BullShit Always.
Gasp! you say while wondering how can they ever do this? Because whatever bottom feeding corporate lawyers the Business Software Alliance has retained has told them the likelihood of them actually having to defend their position in court is minimal. That's how these sorry-ass "Bull Shit Alliances" can get away with their unethical and, we believe, highly illegal activities.
The original concept of the alliance was likely well-intended. After all, there are, and were, a lot of businesses who would buy one copy of a software program and install that copy on multiple computers. The software manufacturers sell one program per computer. That in of itself isn't unreasonable, or illegal. It's the new fertile plains upon which they now trample that offend us.
Newspapers and other periodicals spouting the "official lies" spread by the Business Software Alliance refer to the BSAlliance as "watchdogs". We prefer referring to them as scumbag extortionists. Common low-life thieves and muggers deserve more respect than the BSA. Here are some articles about the Business Software Alliance:
Let's take for example, Rosetta Stone Software. They manufacture language learning CDs. Arguably these are considered computer programs by Rosetta Stone but by definition really are not. They are learning CDs, much like a computerized book. A computer program requires interaction between the user and the computer to perform a function. Simply selecting a chapter for learning purposes is not interaction or doing a search. But, we digress. The learning program is really nothing more than an e-book.
The Business Software Alliance, operating upon authority and instructions from Rosetta Stone, have been shutting down perfectly legal eBay auctions where the learning programs are being sold after the original owner no longer want it. This is much like selling a book after you have read it and you don't want it any more. But, not to Rosetta Stone. According to The Business Software Alliance, when they terminated an eBay auction selling an unwanted set of CDs:
|"Rosetta Stone’s End User License Agreement expressly states that the license to use this product is non-transferable."|
Well, that settles that, doesn't it? Except it doesn't. They are falsely and, in our opinion, illegally, interfering with the secondary market. This software isn't licensed;
it is sold. The many companies in the Business Software Alliance comprise one big internet thug going about trampling upon the legitimate
rights of people to re-sell software and CDs. Why do they do it? Because they know that no one, or very few, will fight back and that means the many will
believe their lies and they can have their way. Their way is terminating perfectly legal eBay auctions and potentially ruining seller's reputations and severely
affecting income from these auctions.
These companies and the Business Software Alliance are internet scum. And we back up our claims:
One Hallmark of a License Is the Owner's Intent to Regain Possession
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