Originally Posted by Elfwreck
They are trying to deceive the customers--to convince them that they're buying a book, while claiming to the courts that they're selling a license.
No they are not. No one is deceived, everyone seems to get it just fine, as they do with every other distinction of between tangible and intangible goods and services they encounter everyday.
The only times people seem more than slightly uncertain about it, because of the genuine novelty of new media and legitimate new issues, is when they argue about it here.
(Or people like my mom, who don't understand how someone can 'send' a picture to her cell phone, and still have it on their own. "They sent it to me, so they don't have it any more, right?" Is the 'Send' button deceptive? Need it be renamed 'Transmit Representation of Bitmap Data'?)