The software without the hardware that allows you to run it and talk with the vehicle's computer is useless. You cannot buy the software and your own OBDII communication device. It requires the hardware to work; they are coupled and sold together. They are selling hardware that has software on it, and they're restricting the use of the hardware.Maybe I’m not understanding correctly. How is it NOT about them protecting and restricting use of their IP? That’s the actual product they’re providing isn’t it? The hardware is simply a means of delivery of what the actual product is - software to allow you to access and modify parameters in the Jeep’s control system that you can’t otherwise access. Is this wrong? Please explain.
With Microsoft 365, you are buying a license to use the software and not the software. In fact, you can easily download the software for free. Microsoft even hosts copies of the software to download for free. You must buy a licenses per [computer/network user/whatever type of license you buy]. Microsoft at one point tried to say if you altered your computer, this is a new computer and you must buy a new license to use Office. This included things like changing the CPU or even the HDD; I believe RAM upgrades were allowed and did not "substantially alter the computer". This was legally challenged, and Microsoft lost.If that’s the case, how is it different than Microsoft telling my company that I have to purchase a license to run Office 365 on all 100 of my workstations at my company rather than buy 1 piece of software and copy it 100 times?
In your question, all 100 copies of software could run on 100 different computers (hardware) at the same time. With a tazer, it's 1 copy of software running on 1 piece of hardware at a time.
Imagine if you had to 'unpair' Microsoft 365 from a network every time you moved your computer. If you didn't, you had to pay to change networks. That's more or less ZAuto's policy.