VSL protection plan

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by al_net77, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Just got the VSL protection plan, after all, ilok has their protection plan. I've got too much invested (as you can probably surmise by the scroll bar on the bottom right) to be going through hassles. Attached a screenshot:

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  2. Ben

    Ben Active Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    Yesterday I looked at all the bills and calculated how much money I spent: Oh boy, was I shocked... :faint:
  3. I'm afraid to calculate that total :faint:
  4. OP

    al_net77 Active Member

    Oct 2, 2017
  5. antcarrier

    antcarrier Member

    Jun 22, 2016
    I bought it. Sure, it's annoying to have to pay a biannual fee, but it's way better than what they had before.
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  6. Phillip Dixon

    Phillip Dixon Air on a shoestring

    Oct 16, 2017
    You can dress it up anyway you like
    Its still a nice little earner for vsl
  7. Cartoon

    Cartoon Member

    Jan 23, 2018
    of course! But maybe it also means soon new interesting products
  8. dbudde

    dbudde Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    This policy seems like a stop gap until the new elicenser mechanism is finished.

    We know that Steinberg is working on a new elicenser to replace the existing one. According to the developers of Dorico, it will be account based rather than dongle based. I assume this means for products that rely on the USB key as well as the soft-elicenser products (but that could be an incorrect assumption).

    We also know that VSL doesn’t require a new key with the new policy. Maybe this is because Steinberg is not going to be making keys anymore once the new elicenser is available. This is pure conjecture on my part. But it makes sense given the above.

    So I plan to wait and see how this all plays out.
  9. Zoot_Rollo

    Zoot_Rollo Throbbing Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    i'm sure i don't have NEARLY as much as you, but i just bought as well.

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  10. SoNowWhat?

    SoNowWhat? realised I can type here

    Jul 26, 2016
    Pretty much sums it up as I see it too. I will have no problems living with this.
  11. Wunderhorn

    Wunderhorn Active Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    It feels like they want to make their own copy protection the user's problem and as a simple solution, make them pay for it. First, we have to deal with a dongle which is relatively rare in the industry, but well ok, but now we should pay a subscription on top of that? How does that make you feel when you legally buy your software?
    If whatever copy protection a company thinks it needs cannot be subsidized by the software sold, there is obviously something wrong in the calculations. Raising eyebrows or worse with their customer base is another calculation that can go awfully wrong.
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  12. Zoot_Rollo

    Zoot_Rollo Throbbing Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    Software licensing - maintenance, subscriptions, perpetual, term, dongle, flexlm, none - seems to be going through a major upheaval.

    My 3D CAD tools typically have a yearly maintenance 20% of the original cost.

    It's a deductible business expense.

    So, the break on my taxable net alone (initial cost and 'insurance'), makes this justifiable.
  13. hdsmile

    hdsmile Member

    Dec 12, 2015
    If you buy a new dongle for two years like me ( I bought my in february this year), then you don't need to purchase the protection plan as these circumstances would serve no purpose and nevertheless would a bit cheaper when you would buy the new dongle for 2 years, surely it all depends on how much you will pay for new one:)
  14. Zoot_Rollo

    Zoot_Rollo Throbbing Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    i bought a new dongle a few months ago.

    it's so pretty.
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  15. DocMidi657

    DocMidi657 Senior Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Can someone answer this for me..when VSL sells a license to use a sample library does the license have an expressed expiration date? If no then how can VSL charge you again a fee for this lifetime license that you already paid for simply because the USB dongle malfunctions and a fee per library? Just because the dongle stops working how does that invalidate the right to use the library without paying another fee to have it reinstated? This is just awful.
  16. Zoot_Rollo

    Zoot_Rollo Throbbing Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    i don't think they expire.

    but according to some here, they get stale.
  17. hdsmile

    hdsmile Member

    Dec 12, 2015
    it's inexplicable -just the business:(
  18. Zoot_Rollo

    Zoot_Rollo Throbbing Member

    Jul 1, 2016
    the direction software companies are going with their licensing,

    these will be the good old days.

    enjoy then while you can.

    to a grandchild in the future,

    "I remember when you could insure your library purchases that you OWNED for less than 2 bucks a month.

    Now, get off my Cloud."
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  19. dzilizzi

    dzilizzi I know nothing

    Feb 27, 2017
    Somewhere near Los Angeles
    It is not currently worth it for me. But I only have SE 1 bundle and Smart Orchestra. But if you own the whole VSL setup, I would definitely buy it. Especially if you are mobile or use your key on multiple computers. If it sits on your studio computer and never moves, it's a toss up as to whether it is worth getting.

    I went through this with my ilok. The point at which I had a couple thousand dollars worth of products on it? I started paying for the insurance. I'm also a hobbyist. If this was my business? Yeah, I would pay in a heartbeat. Instant re-access might be the difference between getting a job done and breaking a contract.

    Things to think about. It would be nice if they were iLok, but they aren't and I have no idea whether it would be worth it to them to switch.
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  20. Saxer

    Saxer Senior Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    I have three iLicenser dongles for VSL instruments and software and until now I spread the licenses to different dongles to minimize the risc of total failure. With the protection plan I put all of them together on one protected dongle.

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