[QUOTE=pipemanid;2272847]Registration and Activation
When you install your unlicensed Autodesk product, you are prompted to enter your serial number. When you start your product for the first time, you are prompted to enter registration information. The registration process automatically generates a request code. To receive an activation code, you can transmit the request code to Autodesk over an Internet connection or contact Autodesk by email, fax, or mail. Once the activation code has been entered, the product is fully licensed.[/QUOTE]
To insure there will be no problems, if the user buys a copy that also has the authorization code , it can be entered and the program will function normally. Even without the authorization code a person might be able to get one from Autodesk. I don’t know off hand what they require with the request procedure. How would they track all those copies of legit software when a valid S/N and CD Key is given? Who is to say a copy was sold to company “X” who was then renamed themselves to company “Y”, who had a computer die that had Autocad copy “Z” on it that they re-installed and need to re-authorize on a new computer? Maybe the court cases require them to provide codes on resold licenses?
If they refuse to give a code then it sounds like another lawsuit might be in order to determine if they can legally withhold a code from a legal owner of a copy (and therefore a license) of their software. I might need to do a little research to see if there are any legal rulings addressing this issue.
Anyway, insuring you get the authorization code with your purchase nullifies the problem.