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Purchase orders and custom licenses

by Joel Spolsky
Saturday, January 17, 2009

Over on the Business of Software group, we’re discussing those big bureaucratic companies who want a custom legal agreement to buy $79 worth of software. “Lawyer-infested companies that are obsessive-compulsive about contracts do not pirate software and they CERTAINLY don’t try to trick you into signing a contract ‘allowing’ them to pirate your software. This theory is laughable.”


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