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An alternative licensing idea [message #169673] Thu, 23 February 2017 21:33
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This probably won't solve the world's problems, make everyone happy, and will probably be outright rejected by Autodesk. So here it is:)

Instead of subscribing for a month, then having it forcibly expire, purchase a month (or xx months or years)...then it is registered on your PC in your "month bank". You can start using it as soon as you purchase/subscribe to it...or you might wait 6 months or 16 years to use it. When you use Eagle, the "days left" meter slowly counts down...but you get to decide when you use it. Of course you purchase more months before or whenever you run out. But you could put it aside for 7 months & pick up where you left off. By always keeping a few months in your bank you at least never depend 100% on Autodesk servers going kaput 8 years from now.

For the occasional or highly intermittent user, this gives a coarse illusion of a perpetual license (since you can use it up drop by drop). For the high volume, constant users, the required monthly renewals will keep Autodesk's coffins filled with cash.
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