- May 11, 2016
You only have the right to use (insert version here) of Windows. The lease period is the planned lifespan of the version. I.e. you bought Windows 7. You do not own a copy of Windows 7 but you're allowed to use it until it's end of life. After that your Windows7 may cease to function at any given time and MS won't give a damn. They may even release an update to break it in order to encourage you to switch OS.
There is no lease period for perpetual software licenses that are sold. They are sold, not leased.
As what goes of your right to resell that right to use bears no meaning in this discussion.
The European Union's highest court's rulings are not simply regarding the right to resell software, they also explicitly address ownership of the software people purchase, rulings that you own the software you buy. The EU court's rulings regarding the right to resell software licenses are based on the ruling that people own the software they've purchased licenses for, and so the decision-making authority of whether they may sell their license rests solely with them.
The fact is you don't own your Windows 7 or any Windows for that matter so you cannot dictate also what Microsoft does with your OS. And by that you release control of your computer hardware to Microsoft when you install their OS. The only way to own your computer is to use free and open source software and OS.
None of that is true. Microsoft doing anything to obstruct your access to your Windows OS would be a violation of your property.
Also, there isn't a single national law in the world that claims that people don't own the software they're purchased. The only countries that have national law regarding software licenses are the countries of the European Union, and the United Kingdom. The countries of the European Union include:
All of those countries and the United Kingdom, altogether representing 508 million people, have made it their national law that purchasing software is the same as purchasing any retail product so that when you purchase software, you own that software. Therefore, when you purchase a Windows license, you own that Windows.
The argument you're presenting, that people don't own the software they purchase, is not any country's law - not even the USA's, where the matter has never gone to the supreme court. It is only an urban myth, and deceptive corporate propaganda. It it not based in in anything, and does not reflect reality.
Also, arguing that people don't own the software they purchase what is both naturally illogical and fundamentally against the interests of every individual. And any arguer that people don't own their purchased software which is sold to them (not leased), would be an Uncle Tom for corporations / against the average person.
To put it succinctly: Not a single country in the world has national law that says a person doesn't own the software they purchase. 28 countries in the world have national law that declares that a person owns the software that they purchase. That's 28 - 0 in favour of the view that people own the software they have purchased licenses for.
It's time for this myth that you don't own your purchased software to die, people. Stop repeating illogical falsehoods that are fundamentally against your and society's interests.