Rubber Ducky, on Jan 5 2006, 05:48 AM, said:
What you proposed to do is, indeed, illegal. You do not own the software, you only own the right to use it. Therefore you cannot legally sell your copy to anyone else.
If I'm not mistaken, both the seller and the buyer would be breaking the law and subject to legal action should ASW see fit to pursue this. Buyer beware, you will not be on record as owning a registered copy of Coldstone.
I read through a lot of the documentation and read the online FAQs. I did not find anything that said you can not sell your registered copy (or registration license if you prefer to call it that) to someone else. Perhaps it's there somewhere, but I didn't see it. Obviously you would only be able to sell it once because if you sell it, you can't still own it. Most software has some language about how you can sell the license/software as long as you delete all of your copies.
In any case, if Ambrosia is no longer selling it, then I can see that as a reason not to want sales to happen on Ambrosias forums. I think that would have been a better answer rather than trying to make the person out to be some software pirate without knowing any details.
That brings me to my next point which I will have to put here since the other thread was locked.
Ambrosia has various titles that don't run in OS X and they are still for sale, so I don't buy the "It doesn't run properly in OS X so that's why we stopped selling it" answer. That would only be believable if they stopped selling all of the games that don't run properly in OS X.
If you were planning an update to some software, wouldn't you want to keep selling it to keep people interested in it? Once nobody is using it, an update will not get much attention. Most people will already have moved on to something else and not want to start over on a game they gave up on long ago because they couldn't upgrade their demo version.
There are only 4 other possibilties I can see.
1. Keep selling it and put out an update. They didn't do this one.
2. Keep selling it and work on an update, but fail to be able to for some reason (for example maybe Benox owns some code and isn't sharing with Ambrosia). If an update never comes out you get a lot of angry buyers/users. They didn't do this one.
3. Stop selling it and tell everyone who has been working on a game for a year that it's dead and get a lot of angry buyers/users. They didn't do this one.
4. Stop selling it and continue hinting that an update will be worked on after such and such gets completed. Keep waiting long enough until most people have slowly moved on to other things and even the ones who haven't no longer really expect an update and then announce that it's officially dead. Not enough people using it at that point to have many angry users.