what if i decide to stop making music itb or quite making music at all? surely i would be happy to make some funds by selling things ( read licenses ) i don't need any longer?
I wasn't talking about license transfer. My point on license transfer is that yes, it should definitely be allowed, & that I wouldn't do free lifetime updates (as they both conflict), but I don't decide of such things, I'm a programmer. You should definitely be allowed to resell your stuff, at their current "aged" value. Unless you got a TB303, chances are that your very old hardware is worth much less than its original price. Software (quickly) ages too, as long as updates aren't free, so that's fine, a copy of Photoshop 3 is probably worth a buck or 2 today. Now imagine if you could sell a Photoshop 3 at the price of the latest one, things would be very different.
The thing is that software can have any value you want. It's not like it costed anything to make a copy (especially online). The cost of software is the cost to develop it, then the ways to find the money can be many (funded by another software, by ads, by states, by selling a few expensive copies or many cheap ones, or all of that).
OEM versions, they're too a way to gather money. A company doesn't earn much money on a OEM version, but it's still money, and when it's bundled with thousands of boxes, it can matter. It's still money & it's not lost money, as the major part of the buyers wouldn't have bought the software. Now, if you start seeing people reselling OEM versions, like they bought a $50 piece of hardware, bundled with an OEM version of a $100 app, & manages to resell it.. the user made a profit & that's great for him, but the company basically lost $99. So, it doesn't really matter whether you can resell OEM or not, what matters is whether people do it or not. You can imagine that if people were doing this regularly, OEM would totally disappear. You'd be able to resell something that doesn't exist anymore, & when you'll buy hardware it won't come with any software. While usually hardware comes with unneeded crap, think of OSes (a big part of the cost of a computer, & yet still several times less than a normal license) & necessary apps.